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Steve Stockman on Environment

Former Republican Representative (TX-9)


Our timber, our money: more harvest means more school funds

Rep. Steve Stockman voted Friday for the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (HR 1526,) which pumps new revenues, without tax hikes, into rural schools through timber harvesting. "Southeast Texas harvests more timber than Oregon. It's about time the federal government shared that revenue with our local communities and the people who harvest it," said Stockman. "Our timber, our money. We're delivering long-term funding for generations of Southeast Texas kids, without raising taxes. I encourage the Senate and President Obama to support it."

The bill establishes at least one Forest Reserve Revenue Area within each unit of the National Forest System designated for the sale of trees. Local counties would get 25% of the revenues from those timber sales. Stockman's vote means more funding for schools, roads and critical county services in rural areas. "Timber built Southeast Texas and now timber can be a steady and reliable way to keep us growing," said Stockman.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website press release, "Our timber" , Sep 20, 2013

Limit number of Endangered Species habitats

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test ,

Sponsored no permits for legal pesticide runoff into lakes & streams.

Stockman co-sponsored Sensible Environmental Protection Act

Congressional Summary:Amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to prohibit the EPA or a state from requiring a permit for a discharge into navigable waters of a pesticide authorized under FIFRA. Excepts stormwater discharges and discharges of manufacturing or industrial effluent.

Proponent's argument for bill:(Blue Ridge Times-News, April 2013): Sen. Kay Hagan announced a bill to eliminate a "redundant and burdensome" requirement that 365,000 pesticide users get a CWA permit before spraying in or near lakes and streams. Farmers and other chemical users already have to meet stringent requirements for pesticide application under FIFRA, Hagan said, and the CWA permit only adds a duplicative, unnecessary layer of bureaucracy. Hagan said the "overlapping regulations" have also forced some municipalities to cut down on spraying for mosquitoes "because they don't have the manpower (to deal with the extra red tape), and they fear lawsuits."

Opponent's argument against bill: (Oregon Sierra Club newsletter Dec. 2012): Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" turned 50 this fall: it catalyzed the environmental movement [by focusing on pesticides like DDT]. Today we still face the issues she outlined in Silent Spring. Pesticide law and regulation in the US is a case study in corporate capture: beholden to the farm lobby in Congress, all the way back to the 1947 formation of FIFRA.

FACT: From 1988 to 1995, more than 65 bills were introduced in Congress to tighten pesticide regulations. None of them passed.

FACT: In the late 1990s, two separate investigations revealed that more than half of all former top-level pesticide regulators at the EPA subsequently went to work for, or were paid by, pesticide and chemical industry interests actively involved in fighting EPA efforts to protect the public from pesticides.

Source: S.802 / H.R.935 13-H0935 on Mar 4, 2013

Build Keystone XL; it's now passed environmental concerns.

Stockman signed Letter from the U.S.House of Representatives to Pres. Obama

Dear Mr. President,

We are writing to request that you end your opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline by allowing its long-delayed approval process to be finalized.

When you intervened in January of last year to stop the nearly completed approval process, you emphasized the potential negative environmental impact of the pipeline's proposed route in Nebraska. These concerns have now been addressed. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman once opposed the pipeline's route on environmental grounds. However, on January 22, 2013, Gov. Heineman sent you a letter officially informing you of his approval of the new proposed pipeline route.

If approved, the positive impact on our economy would be felt almost immediately. Keystone XL would create an estimated 20,000 new jobs directly, and 200,000 indirectly. Keystone XL would also advance our national security, by providing secure access to petroleum from Canada.

Source: Letter from U.S.House 13-KeyXL-H on Feb 6, 2013

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