State of Iowa Archives: on Environment


Christopher Reed: Eminent Domain is government legally stealing from citizens

Q: What is your position on eminent domain?

A: Eminent Domain is the governments way of legally stealing from citizens. They should not have the right, in the Land of the Free, to take what is not theirs just because they think it may be used to generate more tax revenue by some large corporate outfit from somewhere else. Personal property rights must be protected. Home is where we feel safe and should never feel threatened while at home.

Source: The Iowa Brigade, email questionnaire Apr 2, 2008

George W. Bush: Set standards based on science; and fine violators

Q: Do you think tougher laws are needed to protect our environment? A: I think we ought to have high standards set by agencies that rely upon science, not by what may feel good or what sound good. And I think itís important to give people time to say weíre going to conform to standards and if they donít, I think we ought to fine them.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

John McCain: Preserve and help our National Parks

Q: Do you think tougher laws are needed to protect our environment?
A: Theodore Roosevelt was my hero and is to this day. He was responsible for the National Parks system, the crown jewels of America. They are $6 billion underfunded, theyíre under enormous strain.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

Steve Forbes: Focus on science and practicality, not lawyers and fashion

Q: Do you think tougher laws are needed to protect our environment? A: We all want a better quality of life, cleaner air, purer water and the like. The technology is there to do it. Unfortunately, this administrationís been wasting considerable resources on junk science, using resources for unproductive uses. They also go for these fashionable things that have no real proof in science, lasting proof, such as global warming. Take a practical approach. Toxic waste dumps, for example, just get rid of them. Donít let the lawyers get involved. Sixty percent of our money in toxic waste dumps go for lawyers.
Source: GOP Debate in Johnston, Iowa Jan 16, 2000

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2012 Presidential contenders on Environment:
  Democrats:
Pres.Barack Obama(IL)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)

Republicans:
Gov.Mitt Romney(MA)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Third Parties:
Green: Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Libertarian: Gov.Gary Johnson(NM)
Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
Peace+Freedom: Roseanne Barr(HI)
Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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