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Topics in the News: Natural Resources


Tim Ryan on Natural Resources: (Energy & Oil Oct 29, 2020)
We must get serious about reducing carbon emissions

The threat of global climate change is one of the most critical issues facing our world today. The science is clear that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to accelerate, we will see increased climate instability, more frequent severe weather, rising sea levels, and irreversible losses to natural resources and wildlife. We owe it to future generations of Americans to tackle this problem head-on by getting serious about reducing carbon emissions that threaten public health and welfare.
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Mark Sanford on Natural Resources: (Environment Jul 16, 2019)
I care about land conservation and open space

I want to join with others in making a difference in the look and feel of the Lowcountry. I care about land conservation, and when I was governor, more land was protected than during any other governorship in South Carolina's history. I was endorsed by the Sierra Club in my run for re-election as governor, which is to say that as a conservative, I believe that conservatism should apply to more than just financial resources--it should apply to natural resources as well.

Specifically, as a most immediate project I want to work with others in preserving 400 acres of open space at the tip of Daniel Island. It represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for open space in the heart of the growing Charleston metro area. We are not organized on this project yet, but we have begun the process

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Donald Trump on Natural Resources: (Environment Dec 11, 2018)
WOTUS 2018: limited definition of protected waterways

Vast amounts of wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The proposal would change the EPA's definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, limiting the types of waterways that fall under federal protection to major waterways, their tributaries, and adjacent wetlands. The change aims to "provide states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies," said the EPA acting administrator.

Republican opponents, agriculture groups and real estate developers have decried the Obama administration's 2015 rule--which included smaller streams and tributaries--as a regulatory overreach.

As a candidate and president, Donald Trump painted the Obama-era rule in a similar light, calling it "one of the worst examples of federal regulation," and making its repeal and revision a priority for his administration.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: NPR.org on 2018 Trump Administration, "EPA Water Protection"

Barack Obama on Natural Resources: (Environment Dec 11, 2018)
WOTUS 2015: expansive definition of protected waterways

Vast amounts of wetlands and thousands of miles of waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The proposal would change the EPA's definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, limiting the types of waterways that fall under federal protection to major waterways, their tributaries, and adjacent wetlands. The change aims to "provide states and landowners the certainty they need to manage their natural resources and grow local economies," said the EPA acting administrator.

The proposed change stands in stark contrast to the definition put forward by the Obama administration in 2015, which aimed to widen federal clean water protections to include not only those large waterways, but also the smaller streams and tributaries that feed into them. For years, Republican opponents, agriculture groups and real estate developers have decried that move as a regulatory overreach. [including Donald Trump as a candidate.

Click for Barack Obama on other issues.   Source: NPR.org on 2018 Trump Administration, "EPA Water Protection"

John Kasich on Natural Resources: (Environment Sep 18, 2018)
Eliminate NOAA; let DOI safeguard natural resources

Sometimes the best government is the government that doesn't exist. That is definitely true in the case of the Commerce Department. Its various pieces and parts do not belong together. Duplicative efforts must be eliminated or downsized.

Certain key missions including economic development, natural resources and trade enforcement would be markedly improved by better aligning the federal agencies performing these functions. Many other functions can be shrunk and sent back to the states.

Consolidate Stewardship of Natural Resources: Almost half of the Commerce Department's budget goes to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which includes the National Weather Service and its satellites, and the National Hurricane Center. These and other efforts align closely with the work of the Department of Interior to preserve and safeguard America's natural resources and, after a review to eliminate duplication, would be moved there.

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Donald Trump on Natural Resources: (Energy & Oil Feb 23, 2018)
End war on coal: it's important for our defense

We have ended the war on American energy, we were in war. And we have ended the war on beautiful, clean, coal, one of our great natural resources. Very important for our defense, coal, very important for our defense, because we have it. We don't have to send it through pipes, we don't have to get it from foreign countries. We have more than anybody. And they wanted to end it, and our miners have been mistreated and are not being mistreated anymore. We're doing tremendous business.
Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Vox.com blog, "Trump at CPAC 2018"

Gavin Newsom on Natural Resources: (Environment Sep 1, 2017)
Pro-active on energy and resource management

As a member of the State Lands Commission, Gavin has worked hard to ensure that California is addressing its nuclear and clean energy future through the development of its first strategic plan in over 18 years. It sets the highest levels of safety and preservation for California's resources under its jurisdiction, and ensures that California's economic growth is balanced with smart, future-oriented management of our state's natural resources.
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Stacey Abrams on Natural Resources: (Environment Aug 17, 2017)
Stay on top of environmental waste & clean-up

Stacey has worked to protect our natural resources and communities from hazardous waste that often has gone unchecked. She supported greater oversight of petroleum pipelines, sponsored legislation to ensure funds for hazardous waste clean-up actually went to that purpose, and to require landfills to alert the public in the event of a leak.
Click for Stacey Abrams on other issues.   Source: 2018 Georgia Governor website StaceyAbrams.com

Bernie Sanders on Natural Resources: (Environment Nov 15, 2015)
Climate change will lead to international security crises

Q: You mentioned that climate change in fact is related to terrorism. Can you talk about that?

SANDERS: Well, that's what the CIA and the Department of Defense tell us. If we are going to see an increase in drought and flooding and extreme weather as a result of climate change, what that means is that peoples all over the world are going to be fighting over limited natural resources. When you have drought, when people can't grow their crops, they're going to migrate into cities. And when people migrate into cities, and they don't have jobs, there's going to be a lot more instability, a lot more unemployment. And people will be subject to the types of propaganda that al Qaeda and ISIS are using right now. I think, when we talk about all of the possible ravages of climate change, which, to my mind, is just a huge planetary crisis, increased international conflict is one of the issues that we have got to appreciate will happen.

Click for Bernie Sanders on other issues.   Source: CBS Face the Nation 2015 coverage:2016 presidential hopefuls

Kamala Harris on Natural Resources: (Civil Rights Apr 1, 2015)
Ensure marriage equality for all Californians

She has fought to reduce elementary school truancy in California, preserve the state's natural resources, and ensure marriage equality for all Californians. She has also worked with the technology industry to improve online privacy and safety.
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Barack Obama on Natural Resources: (Free Trade Sep 4, 2012)
Develop alternatives to importing rare earths from China

Q: China currently produces 97% of rare earth elements needed for advanced electronics. What steps should the federal government take to ensure the quality and availability of critical natural resources?

A: Rare earth elements and other critical minerals are used by American manufacturers to make high-tech products like the advanced batteries that power everything from hybrid cars to cell phones. My support for the development alternatives to rare earth materials is helping to ensure we have the materials necessary to propel our high-technology economy forward. Being able to manufacture competitive products in America is too important for us to stand by and do nothing. We've got to take control of our energy future, and we can't let the energy industry take root in other countries because they are allowed to break the rules. That's why we have joined with Japan and some of our European allies to bring a trade case against China for imposing restrictions on their exports of rare earth materials

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Donald Trump on Natural Resources: (Free Trade Dec 5, 2011)
Repatriate jobs that China has been stealing

I'm sick of always reading about outsourcing. Why aren't we talking about "onshoring"? We need to bring manufacturing jobs back home where they belong. Onshoring, or "repatriation," is a way for us to take back the jobs China is stealing. We know that China's wages are increasing. Also, China lacks certain natural resources that we have in abundance. If we exploit those two key facts, we can begin making the case to companies that they should bring their manufacturing facilities home to America.

Onshoring has huge potential. That's why Congress need to pass Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf's bill called the "Bring Jobs Back to America Act" (H.R.516) to help expand the onshoring movement and get American jobs back where they belong--here in America.

Click for Donald Trump on other issues.   Source: Time to Get Tough, by Donald Trump, p. 37-39

John Hickenlooper on Natural Resources: (Energy & Oil Nov 2, 2010)
As exploration geologist: focus on wind, solar, gas, coal

As both a consumer and major producer of energy, Colorado is uniquely situated to develop an energy policy that will become a model for the country. Colorado's strengths are our great natural resources (wind, solar, gas, coal), combined with world class research institutions, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, the University of Colorado, Colorado State University, and a business friendly environment. John's background as an entrepreneur and exploration geologist will help to foster the collaboration between our knowledge capital, entrepreneurial spirit and our abundant resource base to solidify our place as a world-class energy center. Our Energy Policy incorporates the State's environmental issues, its economic development and the cost to all consumers. It recognizes that energy production requires a viable water supply, which must be carefully utilized, and that energy demand must be reduced through conservation and increased efficiency.
Click for John Hickenlooper on other issues.   Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign site hickenlooperforcolorado.com

Joe Sestak on Natural Resources: (Energy & Oil Dec 25, 2009)
Reduce greenhouse emissions & stop global warming

Our global environment is at a tipping point; we must reduce greenhouse emissions, stop global warming now, and end our nation's dependence on foreign oil and our often careless disregard for precious natural resources. We need a comprehensive strategy with innovative solutions to our energy and environmental crisis that protects our air, water and land.
Click for Joe Sestak on other issues.   Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.joesestak.com, "Issues"

Michael Bennet on Natural Resources: (Principles & Values Jan 23, 2009)
Married with three school-age daughters

Michael married Susan Daggett, a successful natural resources lawyer, in 1997. Michael and Susan are the proud parents of three daughters, Caroline (9), Halina (7), and Anne (4).
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Jennifer Granholm on Natural Resources: (Energy & Oil Oct 1, 2005)
Diversify into renewable and clean energy

Diversification of our economy meant building specific new sectors based on our existing competitive advantages. Our opportunity analysis and the advice of our experts helped us identify several promising prospects:

Clean energy: Michigan boasted both a strong tradition of manufacturing excellence and a favorable geography for the generation of renewable energy, thanks to our proximity to the enormous natural resources of the Great Lakes.

Advanced manufacturing in fields like robotics, nanotechnology, and materials science: Michigan's track record in science, engineering, design, and manufacturing gave us a measurable advantage in all these growing fields.

Click for Jennifer Granholm on other issues.   Source: A Governor's Story, by Jennifer Granholm, p. 56-57

Marty Walsh on Natural Resources: (Environment Nov 17, 2003)
Supported keeping park maintenance funding within MDC

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part VIII: Environment:Safeguarding Natural Resources. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Vote on overriding the governor's veto of the following section: The division of urban parks and recreation in the department of conservation and recreation shall assume the sole responsibility for the delivery and the performance of services for all maintenance and repair work, including snow and ice control, for the roads and bridges previously under the control of the Metropolitan District Commission. No MDC assets or services may be transferred either in whole or in part to any other agency, without the express prior approval of the general court.

Relevant platform section: "We believe in the value of public parks and beaches in our Commonwealth that are clean, safe, well maintained, and which offer a wide range of recreational choices."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 447

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Jesse Ventura on Natural Resources: (Environment Nov 1, 1998)
Recycling conserves our limited resources

Humans in general are very wasteful with our natural resources. Recycling is positive way to conserve our limited resources. We could be managing our current recycling programs better and more cost-efficiently than we currently are. We should be actively searching out effective and efficient ways to recycle the resources we are consuming each day. There is not a large enough market for products made of recycled materials, because the cost is still too high to make it competitively priced.
Click for Jesse Ventura on other issues.   Source: 1998 campaign web site, jesseVentura.org/98campaign

John Kasich on Natural Resources: (Environment Nov 1, 1996)
Strengthen Clean Water Act; increase federal grazing fees

Click for John Kasich on other issues.   Source: Congressional 1996 National Political Awareness Test

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