Ron Paul is running for president and seeking the Republican nomination.
During his time holding national office, Paul has a 30 lifetime score on the League of Conservation Voters Scorecard. The Scorecard rates national office holders on a scale of 0 to 100 based on their votes on environmental issues on which LCV has taken a position. He scored between 5 and 50 between 2001 and 2006. On a similar scorecard of Republican lawmakers by the Republicans for Environmental Protection, Paul scored 17 out of 100 in 2005 and 2006. (The Daily Green)
Opposes the idea that human pollution is a significant cause of global warming.
Strongly opposes international treaties to cut greenhouse gas emissions like the Kyoto Protocol.
Is neutral on investment in alternative forms of energy.
Strongly supports investment in drilling for oil domestically.
Opposes carbon taxes or credits to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
Supports investments in nuclear energy.
Strongly opposes requiring American automakers to meet certain fuel efficiency standards.
Strongly opposes the protection of natural places from development.
Strong opposes initiatives to conserve and recover endangered species.
Strongly opposes greater investment in public transportation.
2007 Interview with Grist magazine for the 2008 presidential race:
"On energy, I would say that the reliance on the government to devise a policy is a fallacy. I would advocate that the free market take care of that."
"On environment, governments don't have a good reputation for doing a good job protecting the environment. If you look at the extreme of socialism or communism, they were very poor environmentalists. Private property owners have a much better record of taking care of the environment."
[On the Environmental Protection Agency] "You wouldn't need it. Environmental protection in the U.S. should function according to the same premise as "prior restraint" in a newspaper. Newspapers can't print anything that's a lie."
On global warming: "I think some of it is related to human activities, but I don't think there's a conclusion yet. There's a lot of evidence on both sides of that argument."
From : "On the Issues"
• Big Oil profits ok; Big Oil subsidies are not. (Jun 2007)
• Voted NO on enforcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution. (Jun 2009)
• Voted NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets. (Sep 2008)
• Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (May 2008)
• Voted NO on tax incentives for renewable energy. (Feb 2008)
•Voted NO on criminalizing oil cartels like OPEC. (May 2007)
• Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jan 2007)
• Voted NO on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
• Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries. (Jun 2006)
• Voted NO on passage of the Bush Administration national energy policy. (Jun 2004)
• Voted NO on implementing Bush-Cheney national energy policy. (Nov 2003)
• Voted NO on raising CAFE standards; incentives for alternative fuels. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
• Voted NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol. (Jun 2000)
• Repeal the gas tax. (May 2001)
• Rated 0% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)
• Bar greenhouse gases from Clean Air Act rules. (Jan 2009)
• Signed the No Climate Tax Pledge by AFP. (Nov 2010)
• Liberty Candidate: NO tax incentives for US-based [energy] alternatives. (Sep 2010)
• Neglected property rights during the industrial revolution. (Jan 2008)
• Property rights are the foundation of all rights. (Sep 2007)
• Scored 14% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
• Voted NO on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (Jul 2009)
• Voted NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros. (Jul 2009)
• Voted NO on environmental education grants for outdoor experiences. (Sep 2008)
• Voted NO on $9.7B for Amtrak improvements and operation thru 2013. (Jun 2008)
• Voted NO on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M. (Jun 2006)
• Voted YES on barring website promoting Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump. (May 2006)
• Voted NO on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects. (Nov 2003)
• Rated 5% by the LCV, indicating anti-environment votes. (Dec 2003)
• Give tax breaks for start-up farms for 10-year commitment. (Jan 2008)
• Make tax deduction permanent for conservation easements. (Mar 2009)
(Glass Booth, The Daily Green, 10/25/2007 )Ron Paul