Senator John Kerry (D-MA) delivered a rambling presentation of
his "energy plan" on January 22, in which he grossly
misrepresented facts and contradicted himself. In doing so, he
has aligned himself with the extreme left-wing "environmentalists"
of his party while risking the alienation of the more moderate
labor union-affiliated Democratic Party supporters who understand
that abundant, affordable energy is essential to job creation.
The following are Kerry quotes, downloaded from his web site http://www.senate.gov/~kerry
on January 23, 2002 and our responses.
Senator Kerry: "America take note: if we enact the entire Bush
energy plan we will find ourselves twenty years from now more
dependent on foreign oil -- than we are today."
Mr. Kerry also said in his speech: "...we must enter this
debate understanding that for 30-50 years in the future, like
it or not, we will continue to have major dependency on fossil
fuels." President Bush's energy plan recognizes this fact
by authorizing oil exploration in Alaska while advancing research
into clean coal technology as well as alternative and renewable
Kerry: "Scientists believe
literally catastrophic consequences from global warming will occur
in the absence of serious emissions reductions."
Completely misleading and an apparent attempt to scare the public.
In fact, the vast majority of reputable scientists, including
those who have worked for the United Nation's International Panel
on Climate Change (IPCC) either flatly disagree with the notion
of global warming caused by man-made "greenhouse gases"
or believe too little is known about the mechanics of climate
change to make any predictions.
For more information on global warming
view our National Policy Analysis #361: "A Global
Warming Primer" by Gerald Marsh at http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA361.pdf.
For information on the latest National
Academies of Science study on global warming see: "Latest
NAS Global Warming Study Poorly Reported" by Tom Randall
Additional information is available from
"Senate Democrats' Energy Bill Promotes Global Warming Theory"
by Gretchen Randall http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR121701.html.
"Nothing is more indicative of old thinking, special interest
policy than the attempt by the administration to falsely sell
the American people a rationale for drilling in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). they make up arguments for despoiling
a unique and irreplaceable arctic environment for a quantity of
petroleum that simply will not reduce the fact of our dependency
on high risk foreign oil."
President's proposal is to drill in just 2,000 of ANWR's 19,500,000
acres -- one/ten-thousandth on the refuge's total area -- land
that was set aside for exploration by Congress when the refuge
amount of oil possibly available from ANWR is equal to half of
all oil imported from the Persian Gulf over 36 years or all imports
from Saudi Arabia for 30 years, according to Energy Information
Agency statistics. This is the length of time Kerry said we would
have to rely on imported oil.
For additional information about exploration
in ANWR see: "Environmental Groups Target Congress on Bush
Energy Plan/ANWR" by Gretchen Randall at http://www.nationalcenter.org/TSR73001.html.
"the refuge would not even reach peak production for 20 years."
Guess we better get started. This is still within Kerry's estimate
of our dependency on foreign oil. Production would actually begin
in eight to ten years.
"I see a world where even as we drill because it makes economic
sense and we have to, our primary focus shifts to cajoling and
exciting a new market place for those alternative and renewable
energy sources because there are compelling reasons to do so."
Cajoling and exciting?
he say he sees a world where we drill because it makes economic
sense and we have to? Then why doesn't he want to do it?
area required to generate 500 megawatts of electricity which would
be enough for 500,000 homes: with natural gas 55 acres; with solar
power 6,720 acres; with wind 29,250 acres. The technology appears
to be further off than Mr. Kerry can see.
For more, see: National Policy Analysis
#375, "Wishes Won't Fuel Our Economy: We Need Oil Drilling
by Amy Ridenour, http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA375.html.
the 1970s, America created the Corporate Average Fuel Economy
-- or CAFE -- program to increase auto efficiency. This was
the right decision." A few paragraphs later he says, "our
vehicle fuel efficiency is worse now than it has been in twenty
Mr. Kerry goes on to praise the program and advocate stricter
standards, he admits the program has been a failure.
The principal method for increasing fuel economy is vehicle weight
reduction. Lighter vehicles are less safe. The National Highway
Transportation Administration has determined 302 additional people
die in traffic accidents every year for every 100 pounds removed
from vehicle weight. Between 1975 and 1985, alone over 1,000 pounds
were taken out of the average vehicle's weight, largely due to
That means the standards have caused deaths
equivalent to one World Trade Center disaster every year.
For more information, see: National Policy
Analysis #256: "Raising Sports Utility Vehicle Fuel Efficiency
Standards would Kill Americans" by David Ridenour at http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA256.html.
Note: There were dozens of additional misstatements
in Sen. Kerry's speech, too many for this already lengthy TSR.
If you have questions or concerns about any of his statements,
please call or e-mail the author, below.
by Tom Randall, Director
John P. McGovern, MD Center for Environmental and Regulatory Affairs
The National Center for Public Policy Research
Contact the author at: 773-857-5086
The National Center for Public Policy Research
3712 North Broadway - PMB 279
Chicago, IL 60613