State of Tennessee Archives: on Environment

Joe Carr: Require photographic evidence of animal abuse

Joe Carr voted Yea on HB 1191--Vote to pass a bill that requires disclosure of photographic evidence of animal abuse. Highlights:
Source: VoteSmart summary of 2013-2014 Tennessee legislative session Apr 17, 2013

Joe Carr: Rated 40% on voting record by Tennessee Conservation Voters

Organizational Description: "Tennessee Conservation Voters (TCV) is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Tennessee's environment and preservation of the state's natural resources through effective legislative and administrative advocacy. TCV focuses its resources on making environmental protection a top priority for Tennessee's elected officials, political candidates and voters

"If a legislator voted for a pro-environment bill or against an anti-environment bill, he/she got a +1. If he/she voted for an anti-environment bill or against a pro-environment bill, he/she got a -1."

Source: VoteSmart ratings for 2012 Tennessee legislative session Jul 23, 2012

Bill Haslam: Haslam's Pilot company cited for 70 environmental violations

Haslam is the former president of Pilot, a Knoxville-based petroleum company that operates a chain of truck-fueling stations. Bill Haslam captained Pilot for 13 years before he was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003. During his tenure at Pilot, he grew the company, which was founded by his grandfather, from 80 to more than 300 truck stops in 39 states. Pilot has come under environmental fire for racking up 50 state and 20 federal violations of contamination rules for petroleum storage tanks.
Source: Amanda Little on, "Tennessee Paradox" Oct 28, 2010

Don Sundquist: Supports new State Forest and 23 new natural areas

Part of our dream is to keep Tennessee beautiful. Just in the last six years, we’ve added 23 new natural areas covering thousands of acres. Thanks to private donations and the cooperation of government agencies, this land has come at very little cost and requires only minor maintenance.

In rugged areas of East Tennessee, elk run free for the first time in 135 years. For the first time in over 50 years, Tennessee has a new State Forest, the Gulf Tract in Cocke County. It’s 6,800 acres nestled between two national forests alongside the Appalachian Trail. It’s filled with diverse hardwoods, native trout streams and black bear.

Tennessee’s rivers and lakes are cleaner than they’ve been in over 25 years. Our soil is cleaner. Our air is cleaner. We’re cleaning up our environment, and the eagle has returned to soar over Tennessee. These are just some of the ways that, together, we are protecting, conserving and managing Tennessee’s treasures for generations to come.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature Jan 29, 2001

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