Meet the Candidates – Ron Paul

This is the fifteenth in a series of posts outlining where the 2008 presidential candidates stand on climate and energy issues. The information was culled from resources developed by Courtney Fryxell and the League of Conservation Voters. You can get additional information on the candidates at HeatIsOn.org.

We will be updating this info on a regular basis and I would love to know what you think about these posts and about the candidates. It’s clear that the 2008 president will be the most important on climate and environmental issues in decades. Your vote can help make the difference in electing a president who will take bold and just action to reduce global warming and one who will continue the status quo.

REPRESENTATIVE RON PAUL R-TX

Website: www.ronpaul2008.com
Website does not mention global warming or energy.

CARBON CAPS AND TARGETS

Paul has not articulated a position yet.

FUEL EFFICIENCY

Paul opposed a 33 mpg standard in 2005.

RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY STANDARD

Paul has not articulated a position yet.

EFFICIENCY TARGETS

Paul has not articulated a position yet.

NEW COAL PLANTS AND LIQUID COAL

Paul has not articulated a position yet.

36 Responses to “Meet the Candidates – Ron Paul”


  1. 1 joshuabrucel May 24th, 2007 at 8:44 am

    I am a liberal who will be voting for Ron Paul solely oh his pledge to end interventionism. The environment is one of several issues dear to liberals that he will have to articulate if he wants their vote. He is a constitutionalist so he would probably be against any international treaties for global warming. I do believe he is a pragmatist who will listen to those who elect him. I am waiting to see what he says. Also of concern are womens choice, affirmative action, and other popular issues.

  2. 2 Alex Hammer May 24th, 2007 at 9:13 am

    Ron Paul Roundup

    1) Video: Ron Paul Speech in Congress 5/22/07

    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/video-ron-paul-speech-in-congress-52207.html

    2) Malkin attacks Paul on 9/11 questions – YouTube Video

    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/malkin-attacks-paul-on-911-questions.html

    3) Five Ron Paul Videos With Over 100,000 Views Apiece

    http://hammer2006.blogspot.com/2007/05/five-ron-paul-videos-with-over-100000.html

    4) Ron Paul Presidential Odds Slashed in Half

    http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Ron_Paul_Presidential_Odds_Slashed_in_Half/blog

  3. 3 Tom Cornwell May 24th, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I would suggest that if one wanted to get a good fix on where Rep. Ron Paul stands on the issues, simply take a look at the principles on which the Libertarian Party is based. Read the Constitution of the United States. Read the Bill of Rights. Those conceptual thinkers who can look at the principles put forth can derive a likely outcome of Dr. Paul’s actions. This is why I like Ron Paul and this particular philosphy of politics/government – it takes all the guesswork out of it. Don’t vote for Ron Paul if you want government agencies to handle all of your problems, if you want never-ending new laws to quell your fears, if you want the government to continue (de)educating your children. Don’t vote for Ron Paul if you are not willing and ready to put some time in getting educated about and active in government at the local, state and federal levels (there is a lot to be undone). Don’t vote for Ron Paul if you don’t want to have to take on any work and responsibility for your liberties after walking away from the voting booth… If you want the status quo, vote for ANY other candidate, as it makes absolutely no difference in that case. This ‘freedom’ thing can be a very bitter pill to swallow to the majority of Americans, I believe.

  4. 4 Richard Graves May 24th, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Would one of the Ron Paul supporters who came to the site address Ron Paul’s position on Global Warming? Whether he thinks it is a problem and what he wants done about it?

  5. 5 John P Slevin May 24th, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Ron Paul opposes government subsidies for hydrocarbon (emissions).

    http://www.theksbwchannel.com/politics/13212896/detail.html

    You can click on the Global Warming link under On the Issues and see Ron Paul respond to an email asking him what he’d do, as president, to reduce global warming

  6. 6 James May 25th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Dr. Paul also is working to legalize industrial hemp… I think he’d break the cartel and we’d have hemp biodiesel running our cars right quick…

  7. 7 Clinton May 25th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Ron Paul has stated that he would stop subsidizing oil companies and going to wars for oil. He also stated that our policies (both foreign and domestic) strengthen our reliance on oil and further the objectives of big oil companies. It is clear that if the federal government would remove itself from the issue that the states would continue to pass resolutions to slow down carbon emissions in their state. Ron Paul is our only hope for a shift in the policies that are destroying our country.

  8. 8 Matt May 25th, 2007 at 4:15 pm

    Part of what Paul has said is that we subsidize oil companies by going to war to protect their economic interests. He thinks that if govt. would stay out of wars like Iraq the economic cost to U.S. corporations choosing to operate there would be higher. Higher “oil costs” would incentivize more alternative investment in the long run.

  9. 9 John May 25th, 2007 at 4:33 pm

    The bottom line is Ron Paul is the last chance we have. With our current field of “chooses” we will probably end up in World War III, that will really increase global warming. Remember, Hillary is just changing her position on the war now for the election, we’ll be right back into the war on terror if shes elected.

  10. 10 Bradley May 25th, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    When I was a legislative staffer for Dr. Paul (1997-2001), he was a leader of the “Green Scissors” coalition with Friends of teh Earth, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and others to cut environmentally harmful overnment spending. Every tieme, Dr. Paul was at or near the top of their ratings for Congress on those issues as well. Unfortunately, there has been little desire in Congress to cut any spending for any reason since then.

  11. 11 Steve May 25th, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    If you take a step back and listen closely to what Ron Paul says, then you will quickly understand that his “issues” represent the big picture, the foundation of our country. If Ron Paul gets a chance to save the country from tyranny and huge special interests in the pockets of our nation’s politicians then the environment will follow. Let’s start with the meta-issues and then we can move on to the other details.

  12. 12 Bob May 25th, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Who IS Ron Paul? NOBODY explains Ron Paul
    BETTER than Ron Paul himself!

    Here is an interactive audio archive of
    Ron Paul speeches and interviews in chronological
    order. Worth a look!

    http://www.ronpaulaudio.com

  13. 13 Tara May 25th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that doesn’t sound like a sleazy salesman trying to tell you what they think you want to hear. What he says is logical and to the point. Open your eyes and stop blindly believing what people and the media tell you.

  14. 14 NH May 25th, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    Ron Paul to save the nation.

  15. 15 Larry May 25th, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    For those wanting articulation of Dr. Paul’s views on Global Warming and enviromentalism, its not a clear for or against. Dr. Paul believes the federal governments involvment and regulation of most issues outside interstate/international trade, foreign relations, common defense, and the three federal crimes listed in the constitution should be limited if not non-existant. As a product of this he would not push through and would likely veto any congressional bills regarding regulation for global warming and enviromentalism as unconstitutional. He would be more than happy to see individual states and their constituencies make these decisions. Alot of people make the assumption that we as entire nation have to make these changes, but we don’t. most of the states within our country are larger than many countries and Europe and Asia and those countries have a much easier time justifying decision because its at a smaller scale.

  16. 16 Seer May 25th, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    He’s not convinced GW is real, but he thinks we should decrease regulations on nuclear power and stop subsidizing oil companies. He’s also a strong supporter of industrial hemp.

  17. 17 Alexander Amorelli May 25th, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    HEMP! That alone would solve so many problems. I’m a huge supporter of clean environment and I will be voting for Ron Paul.

  18. 18 Michael R. Conder May 25th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Having been a paleoconservative for my entire adult life (now 37), I believe I have a good feel for Ron Paul and what he would do or rather NOT do on most topics. Ron will not enter the U.S. into any international treaties or seek to subsidize energy wether clean or dirty. He will seek to remove all current subsidies and allow the markets to determine the best type of energy. He would like to see the Department of Energy done away with. Regulation would be handeled at the state level, or possibly multistate level if states choose to enter into pacts. Without U.S. subsidies and middle east intervention, who knows…possibly the cost of gas would be $10 a gallon. Ron would do nothing to stop gas from becoming as expensive as it deserves to be and he would rely on the market to provide the answers. Of course, Ron Paul is not being elected dictator, so he can only do so much as president.

  19. 19 Sergey Dovlatov May 25th, 2007 at 10:14 pm

    to Seer: “He is not convinced GW is real” is not entirely accurate.

    While being interviewed by Bill Maher, he said that he believes that Global Warming exists. (as in averaged temperature records of weather stations near the abstract grid cell superimposed on the earth surface). He did not take a position on how much contribution to GW is from human activities vs natural variations.

    Also, in New Hampshire interview he said that we can do what we can. However given Ron Paul views on what is constitutional I would guess what he can do is:

    1. stop subsidsing hydro-carbons
    2. stop defending foreign oil with our military force
    3. crack down on government polluters
    4. encourage “trespass” common low treatment of polution (business can be sued for pollution since it violates property rights those nearby)

    To summarize: GW is real. AGW maybe. Irrespectively of validity of AGW we can do what we can to reduce our impact within the limits of the US constitution (amending if required)

  20. 20 totaltransformation May 26th, 2007 at 12:04 am

    “I do believe he is a pragmatist who will listen to those who elect him. I am waiting to see what he says. Also of concern are womens choice, affirmative action, and other popular issues.”

    I think you are way off base on Ron Paul. He is a VERY strict constructionist- perhaps the only consistent one in congress. So I doubt you would extract much from him regarding the environment. Of all the men in Washington, I certainly wouldn’t call Ron a “pragmatist.” He is the only true idealist left out there.

  21. 21 True_Liberal May 26th, 2007 at 12:40 am

    I think Tom Cornwell has it nailed – whatever our problems, the free market can probably solve them better than can government. One of the best things about the free market is – when a project doesn’t work, you stop doing it. A free marketeer is free to fail, and then try something else.

    When was the last time you heard of government abandoning a failed program?

  22. 22 thomas costanzo May 26th, 2007 at 1:21 am

    To understand where Ron Paul stands on any issue all one has to do is read the constitution and bill of rights. I saw a post asking for a Ron Paul supporter to answer the question of where Ron Paul stands on the issue of the enviornment. I sell solar energy so there is participation by the government to subsidize the Photo Voltaic systems that I sell. This brings down the cost for people to those people who wish to install the system. It also makes it easy for me to sell those systems.

    However there is more to the environment than what he Ron Paul thinks about giving money away to people who do things that the government approves of. First of all when the government gives money way it must first STEAL that money from others in the form of Taxes. On the other side of the coin the government subsidies the cost of the gas and energy that we buy. The cost is actually much higher when the costs for “protecting” that cheap oil with our military are factored into the equation. In fact our children’s children will be paying for it. If the cost of oil was higher as it should be then, alternatives would be invented to get away from carbon based economy. However with the Big Business and the government working together, this makes change almost impossible. Ron Paul is doing what he can in 30 second sound bites to let people know that this country is on the wrong course however the Media and the government working together they will never let you know there is a true course for this country and that course is the one set by our founding fathers in the form of The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

    You know better than anyone what is best for you and your family, not the government. By returning to a constitution Republic as set forth in the 3 documents is what gave us life, Liberty , and the pursuit of happiness. Actually those rights come from our creator, it is governments sole purpose to protect them for every single individual.

    So by Ron Paul standing up for you freedoms that this country is supposed to stand for, gives YOU the ability to install a windmill on YOUR property and you don’t have to ask permission from some government official not to tear it down if they don’t like it. It give YOU the right to invent a car that runs on garbage and not have to be approved by the DOT in order to sell it. To believe that the government is going to be able to somehow fix the problem is logically impossible. The government is corrupt and if they fix the problem they would be working themselves out of a job.

    The World is under the control of a very elite group of people. The most presidents and other world leaders are under their control It appears as though Ron Paul is not under their control. Ever wonder why a politician only answer in simple sound bites? However let someone who has a spotlight on them question what is going on and first they are ignored then they are ridiculed, then they are attacked, then just like Gandhi they win. Just check out http://youtube.com/watch?v=G7d_e9lrcZ8

    This controlling group is now identified as the the BORG. The are NOT a space alien race. BORG is an acronym. It stands for the three institutions that we usually expect to solve humanity’s societal problems:

    Business – specifically Big Business and Banks– big enough to influence legislation,
    Organized
    Religion, and
    Government

    The BORG is a PARASITE and like all parasites it is destined to eventually destroy the host. Who is the host… We are! There has never been a societal problem that the BORG actually solved. Yet most of us keep expecting these institutions to improve our lives. This is unrealistic, as you will understand when you have read the content of this website.

    The BORG is the root cause of the most serious problems that humanity faces. It perpetuates these problems by perpetuating the mechanism that we call the MATRIX.
    for more information visit http://www.titanians.org check out the podcasts
    Thomas Costanzo

  23. 23 John May 26th, 2007 at 2:14 am

    I’m a left-leaning independent who will vote for Paul b/c of his foreign policy.

  24. 24 bruce May 26th, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Ron Paul is very aware of Global Warming. He recognizes that global warming and its consequences (rising water levels, climate change that adversely affects agriculture, etc) is potentially a threat to national health, security and economic prosperity. Typical of Paul, he has stuanchly opposed government policies that contribute to global warming (such as subsidizing oil companies) and has called to lift bans on promising alternatives, namely hemp and pebble bed reactors. Unfortunately, he is distracted by the more dire issues at hand, such as the war in Iraq which is draining funds taken directly out of social security, the excessive borrowing (as much as 3 billion a day) and its ultimate result: inflation, which injures the poorest classes the most! Ron Paul’s goal for US energy independence is a policy that allows the market to adjust the prices of energy sources naturally so that the alternatives become more economically viable than oil.
    I am pretty liberal but I think that his policy is the most efficient. I thought that I would vote for Obama, and I am still considering it just to break the race barrier, but Dr. Ron Paul specific policies are starting to turn some heads. His energy policy is very practical and consistent with his greater view of government and its role in society.

  25. 25 Rudy G May 26th, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Ron Paul, ron paul, ron paul…hey this guy’s assigned the 9-11 King himself Rudy to read books on terrorism? Come on…we all know Rudy’s the expert on gas…and that his $50M in speaking engagement fees probably guarantees he knows much about everything. Why don’t you ask Rudy about excess gases…he’s got a corner on that info…I’m sure.

    Ron Paul is making lots of waves on this here internet. Hopefully those guys in Washington will regulate this a bit more so we won’t have all these ‘Paul Junkies’ clouding up the blogosphere. As for me…Well Rudy’s my man…a bit liberal, but hey man…were in a changin world here today. Don’t miss Rudy takin’ on Doc Paul on Tuesday, June 5th, at 7:00 PM on CNN. This is going to be the battle of the century! Get the neighbors, the kids, Grandma, and all your drinkin buddies and enjoy what’s heating up to be a big big battle over all kinds of yummy things.

  26. 26 joshlynch May 27th, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    The trouble I have with Ron Paul’s position on energy and climate is that he is against setting standards for industry to reduce carbon. While I am all for reducing the size of government and reducing wasteful subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, I am highly skeptical of the ability for the market to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without effective price signals and regulations. Without financial incentives to reduce carbon, the only reason for a big company to reduce waste and transition to clean energy is to avert risk in the future and “do the right thing”. These reasons are simply not enough to curb emissions globally by 2015. I believe there is a lot of value to the Libertarian ideal of non-interventionism and personal freedom. However, the rights of the individual to a healthy and liberated future must come before the rights of corporations to produce capital and create waste as they please.

    I don’t know enough about Ron Paul to know if he considers personal freedom and corporate freedom separately. Can someone respond to this with more information?

  27. 27 fonta May 31st, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Many of us were amazed at Al Gore’s “truth statements” about the Bush administration last night on
    PBS. While his predictable emphasis was on global warming and the environment, he also acknowledged
    that the greatest impact would have to come from grassroots awareness and activism and that the “informed” would most likely get the bulk of their information from educating themselves on all sides of the coin through an uncensored and free internet, not the bought and paid for media.
    How many candidates are behind a free and uncensored internet? Only one that I know of.

    Gore also stated that all areas of the government are broken and that everyone on the inside of the
    government….republicans, democrats and independents…congressmen and senators know this, but that
    you would not be hearing about this from any of the candidates running for President.
    How many candidates are courageously talking about the broken government? Only one
    that I know of.

    Gore also said that had he been President, we most definitely would not have “our soldiers TRAPPED
    in a CIVIL WAR in Iraq. How many candidates acknowledge this…advocate bringing the soldiers home? Who among the candidates has never voted for war in Iraq? Only one that I know of.

    I agree that Ron Paul needs to more clearly state his position in easily digestible sound bytes regarding the environment. However we can be assured that he is against mega-oil polluters and usurpers having free reign all over the planet and using the impact on the economy to dictate
    government policy. We can be assured that he is a huge proponent of alternative fuel and a plethoria of innovations that have been suppressed. Perhaps, most importantly, only Ron Paul
    can inspire a cynical and defeated populace to once again care about the planet they leave for their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Only Ron Paul can reawaken an uninformed and uninvolved grassroot army of people who care about the Bill of Rights to act responsibly with regard to their neighbors. Once again, I personally believe that most of the unelected and unbought populace would behave in a different manner if they were empowered to do so. The environment can be the winner gradually as individuals…then communities…and finally industry begin to demand accountability and responsibility.

    People, listen to Ron Paul. Realize that global warming and the environment have be on again, off again meaningless PR campaigns with no bite or results undere this administration. Under Ron Paul, the wealth of scientific “intelligence” would finally be used to formulate policy and decisions.
    Under the Bush administration everything…including going to war…has simply “used and twisted
    intelligence” to back up ill-concieved and sometimes outrageously flawed…even evil…decisions that have already been made. Vote for Ron Paul…let’s stand up…so “they” will stand down.

    Ron Paul as stated so well by many above would put the clamps on big oil (huge contributors to
    environmental woes)…encourage alternate fuels and many other things. But, perhaps most significantly, Ron Paul has awakened a cynical and defeated populace and, if elected, reason,
    education and responsibility will return as those who believe in the Bill of Rights actively
    pursue clean air measures on an individual, local, community and, then finally industrial level. Only Ron Paul can ignite such group consciousness in those who again care about the planet their grandchildren inherit.

  28. 28 fonta May 31st, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    Please excuse my redundant last few paragraphs above. Like many people, I’ve never really
    blogged much and thought I was editing myself before I hit submit . Important point, though,
    Ron Paul is empowering many of us to have a voice… This is huge.

    While I know it is not the intent of this forum to switch from the larger issue of global warming
    and it is not my intent to encourage anyone to do so, an important question I would like to have answered that may well have a lot to do with the environment is what exactly these planes are doing
    as they make their criss-crosses. I’ve read all the sites…I am informed as one can be and I feel
    confident that Ron Paul does not believe in government secrecy…he does not think we are too
    “dumb” to be told. I would rest easier if I was assured that there are not pharmaceuticals and/or
    pentagon based studies being done on the American people as they pollute the air and render our soil
    unhealthy for crops. (HAARP, Chemtrails, etc.) Let’s not get into it here, but just know that as
    President Ron Paul would address it in such a way that whenever a Representative brought the whole
    issue up in Congress it would not later be striken from the record. Let the scientists speak…the
    ones who are not on a federal payroll or begifted with grants to “find” what is politically correct.
    Then and only then can we truly address the huge environmental and climate problems.

  29. 29 hiutopor Sep 17th, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Hi all!

    Very interesting information! Thanks!

    Bye

  30. 30 Jay Oct 22nd, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Ron Paul is for a smaller government. Obviously a smaller national government would not restrict trade and business. His point is take the control away from the government and give it to the people. Why give $100 to the government where $50 will go to defense spend and $.05 can be used on issues you care about. Why not give $20 to the government for things they should actually be doing and let us spend the money on what we think is right?

    Change will not come from government restrictions, change comes from consumer spending. Every dollar you spend is a vote for how companies are running around the world. Demand your next home be LEED certified and guess what companies will start building it. Lower gas mileage it’ll happen.

  31. 31 Me Dec 20th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    Ron Paul is the only candidate not being spoon fed by corporations. Does anyone really think another candidate will do anything for the environment when most of their money has come from the same people who care more about reaping massive profits than protecting our planet? Like our current president, political debts will have to be paid and unfortunatley that will be at the expensive of our environment.

  32. 32 Руслан Гаврилов Apr 9th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Супер! C КПК немного тяжело читается, но оно того стоит!

  33. 33 Игорь Меньшиков Oct 29th, 2009 at 2:08 am

    Эээ, а объясните, плиз, а то я что то не совсем в тему въехал, это как?

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