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Haley Barbour on Environment

Former Republican MS Governor (until 2012)


Improving, rebuilding & renewing our coast, post-Katrina

A job that wonít be finished for a while is the rebuilding and renewal of our Coast after Katrina. Our state bore the brunt of the worst natural disaster in American history. I remember flying over in a helicopter the morning after the storm; it looked a if the hand of God had wiped away the Coast; in some places for blocks, in some places for miles. Yet there were many reasons for hope & optimism:But the most important reason Iím not only optimistic but absolutely confident about Mississippiís future is the spirit and character of our people. We got knocked down hard, but Mississippians got right back up, and went to work, helping themselves and helping their neighbors. In the process, Mississippiís response to Katrina has done more than anything else to improve the image of our state
Source: Speech at the Neshoba County Fair , Jul 26, 2007

Rely on voluntary incentives to solve environmental problems

Environmental problems do exist, and environmental concerns are important. Environmental policy should rely on the natural incentives of private individuals cooperating through voluntary associations. Policy should empower millions of individuals to protect their environment. No amount of coercion will save the planet if the average person truly wants to destroy it. Fortunately, the simple fact is that people everywhere desire a safe and clean environment.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 79-80 , Apr 25, 1996

Kangaroo rats are not more important than people's homes

The Endangered Species Act has become a powerful tool in the hands of those who want to stop growth or any use such as is historically found on farms, ranches, and forests. One of the reasons the act is so invasive is that species-listing decisions aren't always based on proven scientific standards. We favor an intelligent policy of species conservation. To put human families out of their homes for the kangaroo rat is just plain wrong.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 83-84 , Apr 25, 1996

Allow drilling in ANWR

The responsible development of US oil and gas reserves should be encouraged. Energy security as a continuing national goal cannot be ignored. We must make energy security a national objective. For example, the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) with its evidence of immense oil and gas reserves should be opened to oil and gas exploration.
Source: Agenda for America, by Gov. Haley Barbour, p. 94-95 , Apr 25, 1996

"Sustainable development" represents a scarcity mentality

A new environmental policy will require that we reconsider some of the fundamentals. For example, a chief flaw of current policy is that it is built on a sustainable development concept. This represents a scarcity mentality. The sustainable development model postulates a static quantity of scarce resources that must be carefully husbanded. However, we know that in many cases scientific discoveries have changed the equation. Because of our reliance on the sustainable development concept, we have a tendency to control output, to restrict material and energy use instead of ensuring that residuals are not dumped on the property of others. We have focused on emissions reduction rather than pollution prevention.
Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p. 71 , Apr 25, 1996

1982 Law of the Sea treaty is socialistic and ill-considered

In March 1983, Pres. Reagan issued a proclamation confirming American sovereign rights and control over all living and nonliving resources within 200 miles of US coasts. Reagan's actions were a sound alternative to the ill-considered 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. This UN proposal would create a socialistic system of control and regulation of the seas. It embodies an outmoded 1970s view of the world. Reagan would not approve the convention. It should not be ratified.

If the nation is to realize the full potential of President Reagan's vision, we must create a forward-looking oceans policy that recognizes our many and complicated interests. Our National Oceans Policy must ensure that we retain robust scientific research capabilities, both in government and in universities. An appropriate oceans policy will replace the current bewilderingly fragmented patchwork of laws and regulations that prevents American firms from fully utilizing the ocean's vast potential.

Source: Agenda For America, by Haley Barbour, p.277-278 , Apr 25, 1996

Other governors on Environment: Haley Barbour on other issues:
MS Gubernatorial:
Phil Bryant
MS Senatorial:
Roger Wicker
Thad Cochran

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for re-election 2013:
NJ: Chris Christie
VA: Bob McDonnell
Up for re-election 2014:
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FL: Rick Scott
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IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
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MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
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OK: Mary Fallin
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PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
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SD: Dennis Daugaard
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VT: Peter Shumlin
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