State of Iowa Archives: on Environment


Joni Ernst: No more Agenda 21: no United Nations eminent domain

Agenda 21, a community planning provision in a decades-old UN treaty, has become an object of conspiracy theories on the right. At a January GOP forum, Ernst warned that Agenda 21 could force Iowa farmers off their land, dictate what cities Iowans must live in, and control how Iowa citizens travel from place to place: "The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a US senator, I would say, 'No more. No more Agenda 21.' Community planning--to the effect that it is implementing eminent domain and taking away property rights away from individuals--I don't agree with that. And especially in a place such as Iowa. We don't want to see things like eminent domain come into play," Ernst said in response to a question. "Agenda 21 is taking away our individual liberties, our freedoms as US citizens. So I would adamantly oppose Agenda 21."

When asked last week about her previous remarks, Ernst had changed her tune, saying, "we have a great legislature here, and I think that we will protect Iowans."

Source: Yahoo News on 2014 Iowa Senate race Aug 13, 2014

Terry Branstad: Fight EPA on biofuel rules; protect agricultural sector

The EPA has proposed reducing the level of biofuels outlined in the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS). If this rule is adopted, it would be a devastating setback to the agriculture sector of the Iowa economy.

The proposed rule comes at a time when our state continues to implement new pioneering policies encouraging growth and innovation in the renewable energy sector. We launched the "Fueling Our Future" program last October, which will bring Iowa to the forefront in the use of E30 fuel. This new program is a reflection of the importance of further advancing the renewable fuels industry, and how the RFS is helping to create important Iowa jobs. The RFS has led to a cleaner environment, opened the markets for Iowa corn and soybeans and reduced our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Thousands of Americans are coming together to support the RFS.

We will be holding a public hearing later this month to give Iowans the opportunity to voice their concerns with the EPA's proposal.

Source: 2014 Iowa State of the State address Jan 14, 2014

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

Jack Hatch: Supports open-space preservation and more environmental regs

Source: 2002 Iowa Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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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