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Ted Cruz on Environment

 

 


Federal government shouldn't own $14 trillion worth of land

I visited with [Utah Senator] Mike Lee. He mentioned a recent study that had shown the massive value of the land owned by the federal government. Only 13% of that land is federal parks. Most of the rest is in the American West, where states were forced to hand over a significant portion of their land as a condition of joining the Union. In Nevada, for example, the federal government owns nearly 90% of the land. This makes no sense. Parks are wonderful--and we need to preserve & improve them--but there is no reason for the federal government to own huge portions of any state. Nationwide, much of this land sits unused, while small parts of it are leased out for grazing or private use.

Mike pointed out that the value of all that federal land was roughly $14 trillion. At the time, the national debt also happened to be $14 trillion. That suggested to us an obvious & rather elegant solution for eliminating the debt and moving as much land as possible--other than national parks--into private hands.

Source: A Time for Truth, by Ted Cruz, p.197 , Jun 30, 2015

Don't pick winners & losers like RFS' ethanol in gasoline

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas flat out opposed the RFS [the Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires corn-based ethanol], saying Washington shouldn't be "picking winners and losers."

"I have every bit of faith that businesses can continue to compete and continue to do well without having to go on bended knee asking for subsidies, asking for special favors," he said. "I think that's how we got in this problem to begin win."

Ethanol proponents argue that because oil companies own gas stations, consumers are unable to access ethanol and therefore it needs the government's support to break through oil's stronghold of the market. Cruz acknowledged that his view wouldn't be well-received: "Look, I recognize that this is a gathering of a lot of folks who the answer you'd like me to give is, 'I'm for the RFS, darn it.' That'd be the easy thing to do. But I'll tell ya, people are pretty fed up, I think, with politicians that run around & tell one group one thing, tell another group another thing.

Source: CNN coverage by Ashley Killough, of 2015 Iowa Ag Summit , Mar 7, 2015

OpEd: Tweeted joke picture of endangered tiger skin rug

Cruz enraged animal rights advocates after he tweeted, and posted on Facebook, a photo of him and Senator Mike Lee kneeling beside a tiger skin rug." Cruz stated, "Did a little shopping for the office with @SenMikeLee in Houston today."

The Washington Post noted that tigers are an endangered species and the mere act of making light of a skinned tiger set off an angry torrent of tweets and posts. Animal advocates sprung with catlike speed to condemn the senators. "If the rug is real, Ted Cruz's use of it reduces a majestic once-living being to a doormat," PETA said.

Cruz's spokeswoman responded that Cruz was kidding and that he had no intention of bringing the tiger back to Washington. Cruz and Lee simply ran across it in Houston and took a picture, she added. She followed up with an email to the paper stating that Cruz's office is not defensive of the picture. "It's unfortunate the same outrage isn't displayed by the left when it comes to defending the lives of unborn babies aborted every year."

Source: Cruzing to the White House, by Mario Broes, p.110 , Mar 7, 2014

Voted NO on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

Whitehouse Amdt. No. 803 to S.Amdt. 799 to S. 601 (Water Resources Development Act of 2013): To create the National Endowment for the Oceans to promote the protection and conservation of United States ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes: Mr. WHITEHOUSE: This measure was part of the RESTORE Act, [but] this piece of it fell out of the bargain. If you supported the RESTORE Act, you have already supported this bill. If you believe that deals should be deals in the Senate, then you should support this bill. It is very important that we as a body support this bill. It does not create a single extra bureaucracy or person. It works within the existing government, and it adds no funding.

MississippiRiverDelta.org Summary of RESTORE Act: The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) dedicates 80% of all Clean Water Act penalties paid by those responsible for the 2010 gulf oil disaster to Gulf Coast restoration.

Proponent's press release supporting Yes vote: The National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes Act would provide steady funding that universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies can count on every year to support research and restoration projects. It would be funded primarily by dedicating 12.5% of revenues from offshore energy development, including oil, gas, and renewable energy. Revenue is generated through offshore lease sales and production based royalty payments. Funds from the Endowment would be distributed through a competitive grant program to fund projects to restore habitat, manage fisheries, plan for sustainable coastal development, enhance ocean monitoring and research activities, acquire coastal properties for preservation, and relocate critical coastal infrastructure.

Reference: National Endowment for the Oceans; Bill S.Amdt. 803 ; vote number 13-SV116 on May 8, 2013

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