State of Kansas Archives: on Environment
Puddles are not wetlands; ditches are not navigable streams
Agriculture is the life blood of Kansas and we Kansans know our land better than federal bureaucrats. Puddles are puddles--they are not wetlands. Ditches are ditches--they are not navigable streams. Lesser Prairie Chickens are great birds, but the
economic consequences of federally listing them as "threatened" are totally unjustified. Dr. Roger Marshall will be a strong advocate for states' rights. Stopping federal overreach--most notably through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)--is
among the top concerns. Dr. Marshall wants to be a part of shrinking both the size and the reach of the federal government while protecting crop insurance and our farming economy.
"As a Kansas Wildlife Commissioner, I have seen first hand
how ridiculous federal laws and regulations negatively affects farmers and our rural communities. Congress needs to protect farmers, fishermen, hunters and those generating energy from an unruly EPA."-- Roger Marshall
Source: 2016 Kansas House campaign website KansansForMarshall.com
Nov 8, 2016
Repeal overly-burdensome regulations that hurt farmers
Agriculture is the bedrock of the Arkansas way of life and that we have to do everything we can to help our farms and farming communities prosper.
Conner's Plan: Stand Up for Arkansas Agriculture and Fight for Farmers
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, ConnerForArkansas.com
Aug 31, 2016
Recognize our farmers for feeding the world
- Cut the red tape and bureaucracy to make USDA work for farmers.
- Fight and repeal senseless, unnecessary or overly-burdensome rules and regulations that hurt farmers and ranchers.
Fight for fairer trade deals that open up new markets to Arkansas commodities, such as rice, beef and poultry.
- Support Trade of Arkansas commodities with Cuba
- Oppose the TPP, which will hurt Arkansas rice and undermine some of
our largest rice markets
- Protect hard-working farmers affected by harsh, uncontrollable conditions so that we incentivize sustained cultivation and ensure a safe food supply
Why do we waste effort on lesser prairie chicken regulation?
The current problems with federal agencies are caused by the current Senators and House members not doing their jobs. The standard incumbent talking points this election cycle are that they are champion of veterans and they saved Kansas from
lesser prairie chicken regulations. Both themes underscore the absence of Congressional oversight and failure to legislate.
The prairie chicken case exposes a failure to legislate. The Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency created by
Congress and gets all of its regulatory authority from Congress. If the lesser prairie chicken was improperly protected under the Endangered Species Act, then Congress has the power to make that agency back off.
A simple law blocking use of funds to regulate the lesser prairie chicken is all you needed. They didn't get that through Congress. Instead, our delegation looked to the courts for an activist judge to make the law.
Source: 2016 Kansas Senate campaign website WiesnerForSenate.com
Aug 31, 2016
Stewardship for water resources to lengthen useful life
With most natural resources, we aren't just taking them to use for today. We are borrowing them from the future. We are going to continue implementing action items in the Long Term Vision for Kansas Water. The first Local
Enhanced Management Area has been in operation for three years and has reduced water use by roughly 20 percent, and maintained their net income. That should extend the useful life of the Ogallala in that area by 25 years.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Kansas legislature
Jan 12, 2016
EPA poses a serious threat to property rights
The EPA is out of control, and poses a serious threat to property rights.
I will work tirelessly to rein in this agency, and find smarter, less intrusive ways to preserve our beautiful State and Nation.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com
Nov 11, 2015
EPA regulations make dirtier climate abroad & no gain in US
Boozman said the effects of the EPA regulation extend to the national and even international level. He said if the US stops burning coal, countries like China and India say they will still continue to burn it. "They burn it without the protections we
have," Boozman said. "So if we go along with the EPA, it's all pain and no gain on the part of the US. You'll actually have a dirtier climate as a result of these other countries burning our coal."
On a national level, Boozman is pushing back against
the EPA's mandates: he recently co-sponsored the Affordable Reliable Energy Now Act. He said Congress overwhelmingly opposes the EPA's proposed regulations. During the EPA's public comment period regarding the carbon dioxide emissions mandate, Boozman
said, the public expressed its strong negativity toward the ruling. Congress is currently poised to enact more legislation once the EPA implements its ruling, Boozman said: "We're pulling out all the tools in our toolbox to protect rate payers and jobs."
Source: KAIT-8 coverage of 2016 Arkansas Senate race
May 27, 2015
Fight EPA expansion of protected waters
As your next Congressman, I will advocate that future agricultural policies should focus on ensuring a reliable and safe food supply by:
Source: 2014 Arkansas House campaign website, BruceWesterman.com
Oct 10, 2014
- Ensuring that the 2014, five-year farm bill is fully implemented and clearly defines U.S. farm policy.
Reducing regulatory and environmental barriers and requirements for job creators in farming and forestry while making critical investments in land stewardship, rural electric, water, and other infrastructure needs that grow job capacity.
A good example of the barriers facing farmers is the EPA's proposed rule to redefine the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. Under President Obama's EPA, small streams and ditches would be regulated even if they are miles away from
navigable waters, even if they are dry most of the time. This unfair expansion of power defies common sense and puts the livelihoods of Arkansas farmers in jeopardy.
Indifferent to whether there's a 'right' against pollution
Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "No 'rights' to clean air and water"?
Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues
Sep 19, 2014
Rein in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Political newcomer Greg Orman made his debate debut against three-term incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts in a race that's drawing national attention. Orman agreed with Sen. Roberts on several policies, including reining in the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, worked to stake out the center, talking about his support for background checks at gun shows, while criticizing social-services programs as making it easier than ever to do nothing. He repeatedly said he tried both parties and didn't like either.
Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Kansas Senate debate
Sep 6, 2014
Good farmers use best practices, as stewards of the land
Q: What is your environmental policy, outside of the realm of energy policy?
A: We think the environment deserves an advocate, and if that advocate is not the government, then who would be its advocate? The Clean Water Act and
Clean Air Act and other environmental legislation have provided a clear definition of "best practices." Chad's a farmer, and farms the same was his family did, applying those best practices.
During the Dust Bowl, the then-current practices were bad conservation, which led to erosion and caused the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The CCC, the Civilian Conservation Corps, changed those practices:
they planted hedgerows; introduced natural irrigation. Chad has been doing that for 20 years, and considers farmers to be stewards of the land, with an environmental ethic.
Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues
Sep 3, 2014
We can protect our environment AND create jobs
In Washington today one side says we must protect our environment no matter what impact it will have on our economy. The other side says doing anything at all will cost us jobs and is therefore unacceptable.
Both sides have dug in and don't believe there's any basis for cooperation.
The truth is this is a false choice, and I know it because as a businessman I did both.
The first company I ever started, Environmental Lighting Concepts, designed and installed energy efficient lighting systems for commercial and industrial buildings.
Our company created jobs, helped the environment, protected natural resources, and made money for our customers. We used the opportunity to cut energy and ultimately help the environment as a good business decision.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, OrmanForSenate.com
Jun 17, 2014
For early farm bill, but final bill had too many subsidies
On policy, [Tea Party primary challenger Milton] Wolf is already having an impact. The latest reminder came this week, when Roberts opposed the five-year, nearly $1 trillion farm bill, which was prized by leaders of the
Kansas farm lobby but opposed by Tea Party activists. Roberts, who had written an earlier version of the measure, said the final legislation included too many subsidies.
Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Kansas Senate race
Feb 7, 2014
Important to preserve forests to protect jobs
The Arkansas Forestry Commission marks its 80th anniversary this year. They have led the effort of preserving, protecting and restoring the approximately 18.5 million acres of forestland. They manage our private and public forest lands with a commitment
to sustainability, while maintaining Arkansas's largest manufacturing sector. The forest-products industry directly employs more than 30,000 Arkansans and contributes more than $1.5-billion in payroll to our economy every year.
Source: Arkansas 2011 gubernatorial press release #2801
Mar 25, 2011
No state funding for open space preservation
Q: Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test
Nov 1, 2010
Brother's $107M wind project created 1000s of jobs statewide
Blunt pointed out that a wind-energy company headed by Carnahan's brother, Tom, had received a $107 million grant through the federal stimulus package. That money, Blunt said, created only 16 jobs. "Tell me if that's a good investment of money,"
But Carnahan said the business created thousands of jobs around the state and accused Blunt of below-the-belt attacks. "I've got nothing to do with my brother's business," she said.
Source: Kansas City Star coverage of 2010 Missouri Senate debate
Oct 15, 2010
Property rights are ours, not governmentís
Our children learn that private property rights must be respected, even by civil government, and that theft violates Godís commandments, even when it is accomplished by majority vote.
Source: Speech to the Kansas Education Watch Network Conference
Aug 7, 1993