State of Virginia Archives: on Environment
No state funding for open space preservation
Q: Do you support increased regulations on mountaintop removal mining and disposal?
Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to West Virginia's energy infrastructure?
Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2012
Abolish the EPA & the Department of Energy
Raese aggressively criticized the Obama administration on coal regulations, and environmental policy. He also wants to cut some federal programs that currently regulate the environment. "The Obama administration has been regulating coal out of existence.
Try to get a permit today, if you can," Raese said. "He doesn't want to burn fossil fuels, he's making coal priced so high that it's not competitive anymore," he said, "I'd like to abolish the Department of Energy, and I would also like to abolish the
EPA. I think they are both redundant."
Manchin says all energy resources in the country should be developed, to stop dependence on foreign oil. He says regulatory practices from the Environmental Protection Agency are unfairly hurting
Appalachian coal mining. But he says a balance must be drawn to protect both industry and environmental interests. "There's a balance to be had, the economy and the environment has to work together," Manchin said.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting on 2012 W.V. Senate debate
Oct 3, 2012
Kill rats around Occupy DC camps; don't move them to VA
Cuccinelli smells a rat. He is outraged by a DC law that regulates how exterminating companies capture pests.
Cuccinelli has been sharply critical of the Occupy movement; he has discussed published reports about an increase in rat populations around
Occupy DC camps. Then he's turned to the DC pest-control law and painted it as an example of ridiculous regulation. The DC law "doesn't allow them to kill the dang rats," Cuccinelli said in a Jan. 13 interview. "They have to capture them in families."
Cuccinelli said the law requires relocation of the trapped rats [including] setting them free in Virginia.
The law cited by Cuccinelli does prohibit using various traps to catch some kinds of urban wildlife. The law also calls for catching animals
alive and relocating whole pest families when possible. But here's the catch: The pardon does not extend to rats. The first page of the law specifically exempts "commensal rodents"--common rats and mice that pilfer human food. So Cuccinelli got it wrong.
Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 Virginia governor debates
Jan 13, 2012
$5 million for open space land conservation
Our budget provides $5 million for additional land conservation to continue our bipartisan effort to conserve more open space and protect the environment.
We have already been able to add 100,000 acres of lands to protected status in the last two years.
We are also making progress in restoring the jewel that is the Chesapeake Bay.
Striped bass production was at an all-time record high in 2011, the blue crab population is at its second highest level since 1997 and eagle populations are up. The recent budget surpluses have allowed us to contribute over
$85 million more to improving water quality. This means more assistance to Virginia's farmers and a significant contribution to the Water Quality Improvement Fund.
Source: 2012 Virginia State of the State Address
Jan 11, 2012
Raise motor vehicle fees, but gradually, not $40M at once
Q: Would you have vetoed the bill raising motor vehicle fees to generate an additional $40 million for the highway fund?
A: What leadership is about, is getting into bringing folks together. I would have done that certainly with the Division of Motor
Vehicles. This is a tough time for folks in West Virginia, and raising taxes, whether they're called taxes or fees, and in this case they were called fees, is difficult for folks. And I realize they hadn't been addressed in many years.
It could have been a gradual approach to be able to work that in. I would have worked to make sure that would have been addressed and address it also for the roads in a budget process.
Q: So you would have supported some increase in the fees?
A: Depending on what the level would have been. But it couldn't have been that high, as it was. It was such a stark increase from what it was.
Source: The Register-Herald: West Virginia gubernatorial profiles
Apr 25, 2011
EPA should stand for "the Employment Prevention Agency"
Cuccinelli said on Jan. 17th, 2011 in a speech to Tea Party activists, Cuccinelli, an unabashed critic of global warming claims, called the Environmental Protection Agency "the Employment Prevention Agency." While discussing the
EPA's endangerment finding that greenhouse gasses "threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations," Cuccinelli voiced contempt for new regulations.
Source: PolitiFact.com on 2013 Virginia governor debates
Jan 28, 2011
Establish "Green Jobs Zone"; protect the Chesapeake Bay
As a legislator, Bob McDonnell supported several efforts to protect the Chesapeake Bay, including establishing an income tax refund for contributions made to help restore the Bay. Bob also supported the Virginia Water Quality Improvement Act of 1997 to
dedicate funding to address water pollution, as well as the Open-Space Lands Preservation Trust Fund. McDonnell is committed to protecting our environment using innovative technology, pollution prevention programs and holding polluters accountable.
His key priorities will be to:
Chesapeake Bay is a marvelous estuary and one of our nation's greatest natural resources. We must ensure that we are responsible stewards so that future generations may enjoy it as we have.
Source: 2009 Virginia Gubernatorial campaign site, bobmcdonnell.com
Nov 3, 2009
- Protect the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's Watersheds
- Preserve 400,000 new acres of open space
- Establish Virginia as a "Green Jobs Zone" to encourage renewable energy technologies
Create cabinet Environment post; end tradeoff with economy
It was the prevailing wisdom in the last century, and in previous generations, that economic growth carried the price of environmental sacrifice. We in West Virginia often divided ourselves into two camps - energy on one side, environment on the other.
In so doing, we lost sight of a basic truth: we will share the future of West Virginia together. It is my goal to put behind us the era of divisiveness on the issue of West Virginiaís environment. All of us who love West Virginia - whether we work at
behind a desk or a dozer, at a coal mine or a corporate headquarters - love our hills, our rivers, our woods and our valleys. We can have a clean environment-and we can have good paying jobs. And there must be no higher economic development priority-
therefore-I ask you to elevate the Director of the Division of Environmental Protection to the post of secretary, and add this official to the Governorís Cabinet to emphasize the importance of environmental protection.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature
Feb 14, 2001
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