Where the Candidates Stand On Energy: Republican Nominee for U.S. Senate in North Carolina, Ted Budd

In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Rep. Ted Budd, Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Also in this series, we profile Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.

Brady Watson | September 29, 2022 | Climate Change, Elections, Energy Policy, North Carolina

This post is part of a series examining where 2022 candidates running for public offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites, and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.

In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Representative Ted Budd, Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Also in this series, we profile Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in North Carolina. Election Day is November 8, 2022.

Ted Budd grew up on a cattle and commercial chicken farm in rural Davie County, North Carolina. He lives there today with his wife and three children. Budd graduated from Appalachian State University, and earned a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University. He also has a Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016.

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Representative Budd’s website states that he is against the Green New Deal. He’s voted against legislation to undo Trump’s methane standards rollback, crack down on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and ban offshore oil and fossil gas drilling in areas including North Carolina’s coasts.

Climate Change

“This aggressive, anti-business environmental agenda is driving up the cost of fuel, which is everything,” Representative Budd said while discussing agricultural issues in an interview recently with Right Side Broadcasting Network.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an environmentalist or not, you’ve got to get places,” he added. “Everything you eat is getting trucked to you. That raises the costs of trucking, the costs of fertilizer, the cost of diesel to drive the tractors that plant things.”

Electric Transportation

Representative Budd is a cosponsor of H.R. 3302, the No Subsidies for Government Purchases of Electric Vehicles Act.

Energy Equity and Energy Burden

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High-Risk Energy: Coal, Nuclear, Oil, Gas

Representative Budd’s House website says he supports an “all of the above: energy strategy.” He also introduced the Build More Pipelines Act.

Voter Information

The voter registration deadline for the U.S. Senate election in North Carolina is October 14, and early voting begins on October 20. Election Day for the 2022 midterms will be held on November 8, 2022. Find voting information in North Carolina.

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Kansas native Brady Watson attended Kansas State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in History, and then a master’s degree in Documentary Film and History from Syracuse University.  After…
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