"The government shouldn't be directing research and development because they are bound and determined to always misdirect money to political cronies. The government ends up subsidizing things like the corn industry to develop ethanol and it turns out that it's not economically feasible. So, my answer to energy is to let the market work. Let supply and demand make the decision."
Ron Paul, October 2007, in Grist.
Ron Paul's hands-off governmental approach and emphasis on private rights inform every policy, including energy and environmental regulation or lack thereof.
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 2008 Paul campaign has taken $29,546 from the oil and gas industry, ranking him 9th of 15 candidates and 5th of eight Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Ron Paul's Energy and Environmental Platform at a Glance
Ron Paul hasn't laid out any detailed policies, or published any writings dealing with energy issues. His campaign emphasizes a small role for the federal government, and in the one piece of writing dealing with environmental issues and property rights on his campaign Website, he declares that "much has been done in the name of 'environmentalism' which in reality has little to do with clean air and water, and everything to do with power and control." He has talked publicly about his views, most notably in an interview with Grist.
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