State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Environment


Cal Cunningham: Supported state Clean Smokestacks Act

Q: Tighten or loosen environmental regulations?

Cal Cunningham: Tighten. As a state senator, supported a Clean Smokestacks Act, requiring coal-fired power plants to reduce carbon emissions.

Thom Tillis: Loosen. Supports Trump EPA head Andrew Wheeler's attempts to loosen regulations as needless red tape. Environmental groups have criticized Wheeler's actions.

Source: CampusElect survey of 2020 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2020

Roy Cooper: Vetoed weakening environmental/health regulations

Legislative Title: SB553: Regulatory Reform Act:

Analysis by N.C> LCV: SB 553 earned modest bipartisan support after some of the most environmentally objectionable provisions regarding landfills and electronic waste recycling were removed.

Veto Message : Provisions in the legislation allowing trash receptacles in exit corridors could pose a fire safety risk for residents and emergency responders. Also, this legislation could allow septic system permits to be issued that circumvent state septic system rules which can hurt public health and threaten clean water. Both of these provisions threaten public health and safety.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 78-31-11, Roll Call #804 on Aug/29/19; Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Sep/20/19; Veto Sustained in Senate 28-21-1, Roll Call #663 on Jan/14/20.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 553 Jul 6, 2020

Al Pisano: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Fight EPA regulatory over-reach"?

A: Support

Source: OnTheIssues 2020 interview on North Carolina Governor race Apr 30, 2020

Dan Forest: Protect environment, no to "apocalyptic alarmism"

I strongly believe in good stewardship of the environment - protecting clean air, clean water and conserving land for future generations. The problem is that the term "climate change" has become a catch-all for both environmental stewardship and apocalyptic alarmism. If we want to address these issues, then we must stop tossing everything into one basket and begin tackling one solvable problem at a time. It's time to stop using the environment as a political football and start solving problems.
Source: News & Observer on 2020 North Carolina gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2020

Erica Smith: Opposed weakening environmental/health regulations

Legislative Title: SB553: Regulatory Reform Act:

Analysis by N.C> LCV: SB 553 earned modest bipartisan support after some of the most environmentally objectionable provisions regarding landfills and electronic waste recycling were removed.

Veto Message : Provisions in the legislation allowing trash receptacles in exit corridors could pose a fire safety risk for residents and emergency responders. Also, this legislation could allow septic system permits to be issued that circumvent state septic system rules which can hurt public health and threaten clean water. Both of these provisions threaten public health and safety.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 78-31-11, Roll Call #804 on Aug/29/19; Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Sep/20/19; Veto Sustained in Senate 28-21-1, Roll Call #663 on Jan/14/20; State Sen. Erica D. Smith voted NO.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 553 Jan 14, 2020

Holly Grange: Opposed weakening environmental/health regulations

Legislative Title: SB553: Regulatory Reform Act:

Analysis by N.C> LCV: SB 553 earned modest bipartisan support after some of the most environmentally objectionable provisions regarding landfills and electronic waste recycling were removed.

Veto Message : Provisions in the legislation allowing trash receptacles in exit corridors could pose a fire safety risk for residents and emergency responders. Also, this legislation could allow septic system permits to be issued that circumvent state septic system rules which can hurt public health and threaten clean water. Both of these provisions threaten public health and safety.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 78-31-11, Roll Call #804 on Aug/29/19; State Rep. Holly Grange voted YES; Vetoed by Governor Roy Cooper on Sep/20/19; Veto Sustained in Senate 28-21-1, Roll Call #663 on Jan/14/20.

Source: WBTV-3 on North Carolina legislative voting record SB 553 Aug 29, 2019

Pat McCrory: Remove regulations on Environmental and Natural Resources

Almost every day since I have been your governor, I have been personally meeting with potential employers who want to expand or relocate to North Carolina. We are already successful in improving our customer service working through bureaucratic regulatory roadblocks that stifle economic recruitment efforts. This is especially true in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. We're bring a customer service attitude to DENR.
Source: 2013 North Carolina State of the State Address Feb 18, 2013

Noam Chomsky: Unfair for emerging economies to bear environmental burden

With the environmental crisis, if nothing significant is done about it, and pretty quickly, then maybe some humans will survive, but it will be scattered and nothing like a decent existence, and we'll take a lot of the rest of the living world along with us.

Is anything going to be done about it? The prospects are not very auspicious. There was an international conference on this last December. A total disaster. Nothing came out of it. The emerging economies, China, India, and others, argued that it's unfair for them to bear the burden of a couple hundred years of environmental destruction by the currently rich and developed societies. That's a credible argument. But it's one of these cases where you can win the battle and lose the war. The argument isn't going to be very helpful to them if, in fact, the environmental crisis advances and a viable society goes with it. And, of course, the poor countries, for whom they're speaking, will be the worst hit. In fact, they already are the worst hit.

Source: Speech at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Sep 30, 2010

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