John Kasich on Environment

Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President


We should not worship environment like pantheists

I read a great book on St. Francis of Assisi, who the pope kind of models himself after. The environment was given to us by the lord and it needs to be taken care of. It shouldn't be worshiped, that is called pantheism. The pope pointing out the fact that we need to take care of the environment, that is good, I don't agree with his conclusion that all of it is bad because of free enterprise.
Source: RealClearPolitics.com on 2015 presidential hopefuls , Jun 21, 2015

Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees

Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

Manage the environment to bequest it to future

Stewardship of the environment is nothing less than a moral obligation -- because God made it and gave it to us to properly manage. It will be part of the bequest we make to our children and grandchildren. We should take care of it. If we intend to provide a better life, and a better world, for future generations, we can’t ignore the quality of the environment we leave them.
Source: Speech to National Environmental Policy Institute, 4/27/9 , Apr 27, 1999

Environment and economy are not at odds

For nearly 30 years, we have behaved as if protecting the environment was somehow at odds with the economic growth and prosperity that also are so important to us. This is a false and dangerous dichotomy; it forces unnecessary divisions between those who want to protect the environment and those who want economic progress. [We must get past] the “us- versus-them” rhetoric.. Economic progress and environmental conservation can and must go hand in hand for the sake of this generation and the next.
Source: Speech to National Environmental Policy Institute, 4/27/9 , Apr 27, 1999

Devolve enviro policy-making to State and community

There’s a lot of talent in our States and communities -- people in government, business leaders, home owners, community activists. These are the people who should formulate and lead our national agenda on environmental policy. Members of Congress could play a much more positive role in protecting the environment if they spent less time legislating in Washington and more time bringing community leaders together in their home districts to help address local environmental concerns.
Source: Speech to National Environmental Policy Institute, 4/27/9 , Apr 27, 1999

Examples of local enviro policy successes

A partnership [between EPA, state & local agencies resolves problems of] overlapping jurisdiction over drinking water in fast-growing southwestern Utah. In Evansville IN, the State worked cooperatively with business & environmental leaders [to return] the city to compliance with Federal pollution laws. The 1998 Quincy Library bill codified a fire management & forest health plan that had been reached voluntarily by county officials, environmentalists, and the timber industry in [Northern California].
Source: Speech to National Environmental Policy Institute, 4/27/9 , Apr 27, 1999

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