Energy, fossil fuels
Decries handling of Solyndra and other federal loan guarantees to spur alternative energy. Favors private investment in solar, wind, and nuclear. Gets ‘B’ from Iowa corn-growers group on ethanol and renewable-fuels support.
As governor, rejected regional cap-and-trade-style emissions program. Statement on Aug. 24, 2011: “Do I think the world’s getting hotter? Yeah, I don’t know that, but I think that it is.... I don’t know if it’s mostly caused by humans.” Statement on June 5, 2011: “I believe the world’s getting warmer.... And No. 2, I believe that humans contribute to that.”
Opposes EPA rules if they would cause power plants to close. Seeks to “reduce the regulatory burden” on industry and energy producers.