State of Virginia Archives: on Environment

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

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

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