State of Minnesota Archives: on Environment
EPA WOTUS rule diminishes property rights
Government regulations are strangling agriculture. First, The EPA and Army Corps' 'Waters of the USA' rule or WOTUS is recklessly diminishing property rights by including very small streams, rivers and 'wetlands' that may flow seasonally for federal
jurisdiction. In some cases, ordinary plowing has been seen as a violation of the Clean Water Act. This must stop. Second, as the third-largest exporting state in the nation, we need trade deals that remove barriers to
Minnesota agribusiness exports--giving our farmers access to the international marketplace and unlocking every existing avenue that will result in economic growth right here at home. Finally, I am committed to true tax reform that
includes helping hardworking farmers--who have spent their lives building their business and paying taxes every step of the way--pass on the family company without burdensome regulations and taxes.
Source: 2016 Minnesota House campaign website JasonLewis2016.com
Nov 8, 2016
Ok the PolyMet copper mine only after 9-year review
On the controversial PolyMet copper mine, Franken said that while the region needs the jobs the project would bring, the 9 years of permits and studies before final approval is needed to ensure sustainable mining. "I can imagine how it
can be frustrating, especially for the people who want those jobs, but the only thing worse than taking a long time to get this right is getting it wrong," Franken said.
McFadden called the project a prime example of government overreach and accused Franken of having been "Washington-ized" for believing 9 years of study was
reasonable. "The fact that this has taken nine years and over $200 million in regulatory review is not acceptable," McFadden said. "It is crazy."
Source: Star-Tribune on 2014 Minnesota Senate debate
Oct 2, 2014
Prevent invasive species Asian carp in Great Lakes
Asian carp are an invasive species that pose a major threat to the ecosystem and fisheries of the Great Lakes. The invasive carp have been traveling up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers for decades, and experts fear that if they reach the
Great Lakes they will devastate the ecology and fisheries of the region.
Senator Franken supports immediate action to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, including the possibility of closing the locks in
Chicago that could allow passage of the Asian carp into Lake Michigan. He is a cosponsor of the Stop Asian Carp Act (S. 471), which would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to take immediate action to prevent the potential entry of
Asian carp into the Great Lakes. He also supports robust funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Asian carp management initiative to support strong actions to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Superior.
Source: 2014 Minnesota Senate campaign website, franken.senate.gov
Sep 1, 2014
Develop our natural resources AND protect the environment
Sen. Al Franken's Republican challenger made a case for a power shift in the upper chamber, using the GOP's weekly address to bash Democrats' regulatory and education policies. Mike McFadden accused the majority party of failed leadership in the years
following the Great Recession. "President Obama and Senate Democrats have had their chance to turn our economy around, but all we're doing is running in place. We can do better," McFadden said.
McFadden said the Obama administration and congressional
Democrats have presided over a regulatory agenda that has stifled the recovery. He cited a major Minnesota copper and nickel-mining project that has been stalled while its proponents await approval from seven regulatory agencies, "which is crazy."
"I believe there's a better way," he added. "Through smarter regulation and a little common sense, we can develop our natural resources in a way that creates jobs and protects the environment."
Source: The Hill weblog on 2014 Minnesota Senate race
Aug 9, 2014
Supports PolyMet mining project in Hoyt Lakes
I want Minnesotans in our Northland to know that while the DFL may be divided over the PolyMet project in Hoyt Lakes, I support it unequivocally. Environmental extremists who oppose responsible economic development along Minnesota's Iron Range now
dominate the leadership of the Democratic Party of Minnesota. Long gone are the days when the DFL supported mining. The south Minneapolis activists within the DFL want to present a false choice to voters in which we can either protect the environment or
create jobs. As a result, the Minnesota DFL did not include pro-mining language in the party's platform at its state convention two weeks ago. I know we can create jobs while protecting the environment.
The PolyMet mine in Hoyt Lakes is the perfect
example of a project that will create jobs while still allowing us to preserve the natural resources that make Minnesota such a great place to live. Projects like PolyMet will put Minnesotans back to work and get our economy moving again.
Source: McFadden in Duluth News Tribune: 2014 Minnesota Senate race
Jun 15, 2014
Protect clean air to breathe & clean water to drink
I want all of us, and especially Minnesota's future generations, to live in a healthy environment; in safe, inclusive communities; and with the same rights and protections as every other American citizen.
A healthy life starts with, and depends upon,
clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, protected natural environments to enjoy, and a secure ecological future. No one can endure the severe droughts or floods of recent years; endure (or, some, enjoy) our milder, snow-scarce winters; lather on
sunscreen to walk outdoors without being greatly alarmed.
Even more alarming is that our state and our nation are still not doing enough to reverse this path toward global catastrophe, before it is too late. The question is: are we progressing fast
enough? Are we doing all we can to utilize other renewables, such as solar, and also to make Minnesota the best place to locate these new industries and their jobs?
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Minnesota Legislature
Feb 6, 2013
Vetoed limits on number of pets people can own
At the baggage claim, I can't help teasing him just a bit. I ask, "So, have you ever been picked up by a crazy cat lady with six cats waiting for you in the car?" He stops scanning the carousel for his bag and looks at me, "Do you have six cats waiting
for me in the car?" I laugh, assuring him no cats await him in my car.
This sparks a discussion of a bill put before him during his time as Governor. It sought to limit the number of animals a person could own in an attempt to stop animal hoarding.
He vetoed the bill because people should be able to have as many pets as they can care for, and if the pets are not cared for, animal welfare addresses that. He notes that animal hoarding is a mental illness; no bill can cure someone of mental illness
and this bill would have made that illness a crime. His views on illness extends to drugs. "Drug addiction is a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue," he says.
Source: Minnesota Pagan Newswire Collective
Mar 26, 2012
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