State of Virginia Archives: on Environment


Don Beyer: Humane treatment of animals is element of civilized society

In the spirit of bioethicist Peter Singer, I believe one element of a civilized society is the humane treatment of all species. I was honored to receive the endorsement this campaign of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, and if elected to Congress, I would work to continue the strong record of Congressman Jim Moran on animal rights. Some of the many issues I aspire to promote include outlawing puppy mills, strengthening wildlife protection and prohibiting animal testing in the cosmetics industry.
Source: 2014 Virginia House campaign website, FriendsOfDonBeyer.com Oct 10, 2014

Ed Gillespie: OpEd: Lobbied for company that received 50 EPA warnings

Did you, Virginia, know that Acme, a corporation that handed Ed Gillespie $3 million to lobby in Washington, has received over 50 warnings from the Environmental Protection Agency? Do you, Virginia, realize that Acme, the infamous corporation that made Ed Gillespie a millionaire, paid women 39% less than men? Well, the jobs that Acme haven't already outsourced to China. Ed Gillespie: betting against America--and women.
Source: The Federalist on 2014 Virginia Senate race Jan 16, 2014

Robert Sarvis: No open space funding, but environmental harm regulations ok

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: Yes. All energy sources should be subject to strict and strong liability rules for environmental harms. This includes air and water pollution, oil spills, gas spills, death of migratory birds, etc, etc. Doing so adds in the external costs to the price of energy paid by consumers. Once we do that properly, the government should be agnostic with respect to energy sources, not subsidizing or arbitrarily focusing on any particular source or technology. Importantly, any fees or taxes raised MUST NOT become another source of revenue by revenue-hungry legislators, but MUST be offset by tax reductions elsewhere.

Source: Virginia Gubernatorial 2013 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2013

Ken Cuccinelli: 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

Bob McDonnell: $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

Ken Cuccinelli: 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

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