State of Kansas Archives: on Environment

Sam Brownback: Stewardship for water resources to lengthen useful life

With most natural resources, we aren't just taking them to use for today. We are borrowing them from the future. We are going to continue implementing action items in the Long Term Vision for Kansas Water. The first Local Enhanced Management Area has been in operation for three years and has reduced water use by roughly 20 percent, and maintained their net income. That should extend the useful life of the Ogallala in that area by 25 years.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kansas legislature Jan 12, 2016

Curtis Coleman: EPA poses a serious threat to property rights

The EPA is out of control, and poses a serious threat to property rights. I will work tirelessly to rein in this agency, and find smarter, less intrusive ways to preserve our beautiful State and Nation.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, Nov 11, 2015

John Boozman: EPA regulations make dirtier climate abroad & no gain in US

Boozman said the effects of the EPA regulation extend to the national and even international level. He said if the US stops burning coal, countries like China and India say they will still continue to burn it. "They burn it without the protections we have," Boozman said. "So if we go along with the EPA, it's all pain and no gain on the part of the US. You'll actually have a dirtier climate as a result of these other countries burning our coal."

On a national level, Boozman is pushing back against the EPA's mandates: he recently co-sponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act. He said Congress overwhelmingly opposes the EPA's proposed regulations. During the EPA's public comment period regarding the carbon dioxide emissions mandate, Boozman said, the public expressed its strong negativity toward the ruling. Congress is currently poised to enact more legislation once the EPA implements its ruling, Boozman said: "We're pulling out all the tools in our toolbox to protect rate payers and jobs."

Source: KAIT-8 coverage of 2016 Arkansas Senate race May 27, 2015

Bruce Westerman: Fight EPA expansion of protected waters

As your next Congressman, I will advocate that future agricultural policies should focus on ensuring a reliable and safe food supply by:
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, Oct 10, 2014

Randall Batson: Indifferent to whether there's a 'right' against pollution

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "No 'rights' to clean air and water"?

A: Indifferent.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Greg Orman: Rein in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Political newcomer Greg Orman made his debate debut against three-term incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in a race that's drawing national attention. Orman agreed with Sen. Roberts on several policies, including reining in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, worked to stake out the center, talking about his support for background checks at gun shows, while criticizing social-services programs as making it easier than ever to do nothing. He repeatedly said he tried both parties and didn't like either.
Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Kansas Senate debate Sep 6, 2014

Chad Taylor: Good farmers use best practices, as stewards of the land

Q: What is your environmental policy, outside of the realm of energy policy?

A: We think the environment deserves an advocate, and if that advocate is not the government, then who would be its advocate? The Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act and other environmental legislation have provided a clear definition of "best practices." Chad's a farmer, and farms the same was his family did, applying those best practices. During the Dust Bowl, the then-current practices were bad conservation, which led to erosion and caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps, changed those practices: they planted hedgerows; introduced natural irrigation. Chad has been doing that for 20 years, and considers farmers to be stewards of the land, with an environmental ethic.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Greg Orman: We can protect our environment AND create jobs

In Washington today one side says we must protect our environment no matter what impact it will have on our economy. The other side says doing anything at all will cost us jobs and is therefore unacceptable. Both sides have dug in and don't believe there's any basis for cooperation.

The truth is this is a false choice, and I know it because as a businessman I did both. The first company I ever started, Environmental Lighting Concepts, designed and installed energy efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial buildings.

Our company created jobs, helped the environment, protected natural resources, and made money for our customers. We used the opportunity to cut energy and ultimately help the environment as a good business decision.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, Jun 17, 2014

Pat Roberts: For early farm bill, but final bill had too many subsidies

On policy, [Tea Party primary challenger Milton] Wolf is already having an impact. The latest reminder came this week, when Roberts opposed the five-year, nearly $1 trillion farm bill, which was prized by leaders of the Kansas farm lobby but opposed by Tea Party activists. Roberts, who had written an earlier version of the measure, said the final legislation included too many subsidies.
Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race Feb 7, 2014

Mike Beebe: Important to preserve forests to protect jobs

The Arkansas Forestry Commission marks its 80th anniversary this year. They have led the effort of preserving, protecting and restoring the approximately 18.5 million acres of forestland. They manage our private and public forest lands with a commitment to sustainability, while maintaining Arkansas's largest manufacturing sector. The forest-products industry directly employs more than 30,000 Arkansans and contributes more than $1.5-billion in payroll to our economy every year.
Source: Arkansas 2011 gubernatorial press release #2801 Mar 25, 2011

Randall Batson: No state funding for open space preservation

Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?

A: No.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: No.

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Robin Carnahan: Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide

Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money," Blunt said.

But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.

Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate Oct 15, 2010

Howard Phillips: Property rights are ours, not governmentís

Our children learn that private property rights must be respected, even by civil government, and that theft violates Godís commandments, even when it is accomplished by majority vote.
Source: Speech to the Kansas Education Watch Network Conference Aug 7, 1993

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