State of Indiana Archives: on Environment
Reducing air pollution reduces healthcare costs for decades
Unfortunately, Indiana ranks first in the nation for air pollution, which is more than just a bad statistic. Our poor air quality is linked to Indiana having a higher rate of cancer and lung disease deaths than cleaner states. In addition,
Indiana ranks highest in the nation for air pollutants that cause increased respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, coughing, and difficult or painful breathing.
Not only are these very real health consequences for
Hoosiers, but it increases the cost of healthcare in Indiana to treat people sickened by the air they breathe. In fact, over half the health care savings from reducing air pollution would come from Medicare, the public health care program for
Improving our air quality will not only directly improve health for Hoosier senior citizens, but it will also reduce the tax burden on Hoosiers by reducing demand for expensive health care for generations to come.
Source: 2016 Indiana governor campaign website GreggForGovernor.com
Aug 31, 2016
Veto climate bill compromise by industry & environmentalists
A bill that originally would have required "no more stringent" regulations than federal rules was vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence, despite a compromise on the bill agreed to by both industry and environmental groups. Under the compromise on HEA 1082, IDEM
could propose regulations more stringent than the federal government, but would have been required to report them to the General Assembly. The regulations would not have taken effect until the conclusion of the following legislative session.
Source: HECweb.org "Pence Vetoes" on Indiana Voting Records HEA 1082
Apr 4, 2016
Stand up to federal government over environmental regulation
In the end, [the Republican candidates] are closely aligned on most policy issues. The difference is in tone. Holcomb is more likely to call for change with a smile and a Yogi Berra quote than with a fiery, angry speech.
His campaign will center on some basic questions, he said, such as "what are we doing to make ourselves safer and more economically competitive, and how is the federal government helping or hurting us do those things?"
Not that he lacks the red meat that many who will vote in next year's primary will want and even demand. He said he was pleased that Gov. Mike Pence recently "stood up to the federal government" over environmental regulations and said more
governors should take such steps. He said Republicans have "endured a long six-and-a-half years of the current president's reign," and that all of the domestic and international problems make it seem "like this place is on fire."
Source: Indianapolis Star on 2016 Indiana Senate race
Jul 14, 2015
Signed a bill that allows for more usage of eminent domain
State Summary of EMINENT DOMAIN ACTIONS (ZENT D for INDOT, Indiana Department of Transportation): Reduces from six to three years the deadline by which the Indiana department of transportation or any other person seeking to acquire property
for road construction must file a complaint to acquire the property by the exercise of eminent domain following the rejection of an offer to purchase by the owner of the property.
Requires a court to conduct an expedited hearing of the complaint.
Provides that a party to the court proceeding is entitled to an expedited appeal of the court's final ruling under rules to be adopted by the supreme court." Signed by Governor Pence on 3/13/2014.
Source: Indiana legislative voting record for HB.1076 for INDOT
Mar 13, 2014
State funding for open space preservation
Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
A: Yes. Q: Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to Indiana's energy infrastructure?
Source: Indiana Gubernatorial 2012 PVS Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2012
Ethanol mandates help state corn farmers
Mourdock claimed a government mandate to include ethanol in gas was driving up prices overall. Lugar disagreed, saying that the mandate he supported has helped keep the overall price of gas stable, and that ethanol is a "Hoosier product with Hoosiers
Lugar countered that the ethanol requirement helps state corn farmers, and said that gas prices are decreasing thanks to a relative calming of Middle East tensions.
Source: ABC News coverage of 2012 Indiana Senate debates
Apr 12, 2012
First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits
Unknown to most citizens, the air is now the cleanest in living memory. In 2011, every Indiana community met all national air quality standards for the first time in the history of the Clean Air Act.
Last year, we wiped out the last of a 550-case
backlog of old, and therefore less strict, environmental permits, and are now the only state completely current. Our goal for 2012 is to maintain this status and, if national limits are lowered yet again, to find a way to meet those standards, too.
Source: Indiana 2012 State of the State Address
Jan 10, 2012
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