Scott Walker on Environment



Keep ethanol mandate until oil companies allow free market

[On the RFS, the Renewable Fuel Standard which requires corn-based ethanol] Scott Walker made clear that while he's generally a free market guy, he believes ethanol is being blocked from consumers and needs government assistance: "Right now, we don't have a free and open marketplace, and so that's why I'm willing to take that position," he said.

But Walker said that his goal would be to get to a point where ethanol can compete openly and "you no longer need in the industry to have these subsidies."

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.

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

Freeze stewardship program for state lands

When White House hopeful Scott Walker talks to potential voters, he hawks himself as a leader who tells people what he will do and then does it. But the line has a snag. As a candidate for governor, Walker didn't spell out or even mention some of the measures that would become key achievements in office.

During his 2014 race to secure a second term, Walker didn't campaign on some of the most sweeping changes in his current budget proposal: freezing a stewardship program for state lands; borrowing $1.3 billion for transportation; and cutting state universities by $300 million in exchange for unhooking them from many state laws.

For his part, Walker is sticking to his description of himself as a politician who lays out an agenda in advance and then delivers, saying that voters "want leaders who are going to spell out what they're going to do and then have the courage to act on it," Walker said this week.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit , Mar 2, 2015

Streamline process for safe and environmentally sound mining

One of the best ways we can show the people of Wisconsin that their state government is focused on jobs is to pass a bill that streamlines the process for safe and environmentally sound mining. Start with the legislation that was approved in the Joint Finance Committee last session, include some reasonable modifications, and send me a bill to sign into law early this year.

A mine would be a lifeline to people in northwestern Wisconsin, where the unemployment rate in Iron County is the 2nd highest in the state at nearly 12 percent. But the benefits will be felt all across Wisconsin.

We have the potential for a billion and a half dollar investment here in our state that could lead to as many as 3,000 construction-related jobs and 2,800 long-term jobs. It's no wonder that I've heard from people in places like Clinton & Wausau, Green Bay & Prairie du Chien, Superior & Chippewa Falls, all who want us to pass this bill. We need to get started on this project as soon as possible.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Wisconsin Legislature , Jan 15, 2013

Don't ignore sportsmen in DNR decisions

We must restore trust in the Department of Natural Resources by requiring more transparency and accountability while ensuring decisions are based on objective science and the best interests of the taxpayers and license buyers. As governor, I will ensure the DNR becomes an 'opportunity' agency, giving job creators the opportunity to grow, sportsmen and women the opportunity to be heard and not ignored, and all Wisconsinites the opportunity to enjoy our state's abundant natural resources."
Source: Campaign website, scottwalker.org, "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

Delist wolf & implement land use policy that benefit people

An independent wolf population study is in order to better understand the wolf population while working on the issue of delisting wolves so that the state can regain control of the population and the management plan. This is a state issue and the state of WI should be in charge of managing wolves rather than the Federal Government. To head Department of Natural Resources, would recruit someone who supports interests of hunters, fishermen, and trappers.
Source: 2010 gubernatorial press release, "Bowhunter" , Aug 11, 2010

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