State of Wisconsin Archives: on Environment


Tom Tiffany: Badge of honor to be attacked by environmentalists

Tiffany led efforts to change Wisconsin's˙mining laws to encourage Gogebic Taconite to establish a massive open-pit sulfide mine in Wisconsin.˙ Wisconsin needed to change state law to allow the company to obtain permits to launch the project. Tiffany was among the voices in favor of the mine, which set off protests from environmental advocates. Tiffany called it a "badge of honor"˙to have been attacked by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Tiffany has continued to champion mining.
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio (NPR) on WI-7 House race May 7, 2020

Leah Vukmir: Many EPA actions are over-regulation

Q: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?

Tammy Baldwin (D): No. Will continue to try to restore full EPA funding & oppose new cuts.

Leah Vukmir (R): Likely yes. Board member of ALEC, which considers many EPA actions overregulation.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Tammy Baldwin: Restore full EPA funding & oppose new cuts

Q: Support cutbacks of Environmental Protection Administration?

Tammy Baldwin (D): No. Will continue to try to restore full EPA funding & oppose new cuts.

Leah Vukmir (R): Likely yes. Board member of ALEC, which considers many EPA actions overregulation.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Wisconsin Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Bill Lee: Cost-benefit analysis of agricultural regulations

We have to defend and protect our state's Right-to-Farm law, which provides key protections for our farmers to continue doing what they've always done: produce.

Our government shouldn't be in the business of picking winners and losers. Unfortunately, regulations and the cost of those regulations often mean we are putting producers at a disadvantage to serve some other group.

We should make the cost-benefit analysis of regulations more transparent and reflective of who bears most of the impact. When we find--which we will in most cases--that the producer bears a disproportionate share of the impact we have a responsibility to look for alternatives or find new, creative ways to reduce the impact.

It's why I believe it is critical for us to put more agricultural experience into our state regulatory agencies, and to ensure that these agencies have a complete picture of the agriculture supply chain before taking action.

Source: 2018 Wisconsin governor campaign website BillLee.org Jul 2, 2018

Phil Anderson: Fight EPA regulatory over-reach

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

A: Support.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Kelda Helen Roys: Support EPA regulatory work

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

A: Strongly Oppose

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Wisconsin Governor candidate May 5, 2018

Kathleen Vinehout: Preserve natural resources for future generations

We put people first when our air, water, natural resources are preserved and enhanced for everyone's use and enjoyment. We put people first when our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren inherit the blessings of the land, sky and water from us. Their future welfare is our obligation. Don't put pollutants into the air. Don't put contaminants into water. Go back to having DNR run by an independent Secretary appointed by the Natural Resources.
Source: 2018 Wisconsin Gubernatorial website KathleenVinehout.org Feb 22, 2018

Bob Harlow: Annual tests for heavy metals in all drinking water

Test drinking water annually and pass legislation that gives the governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is detected: I will ensure that every Wisconsin resident has clean drinking water by implementing annual tests for heavy metals, petrol-chemicals, and dangerous bacteria for all Wisconsin wells and utilities and by passing legislation that grants the Governor power to immediately stop polluters if contamination is discovered.
Source: 2018 Wisconsin Gubernatorial campaign website BobHarlow.net Mar 15, 2017

Mike Gallagher: Protect natural resources without EPA destroying our economy

Our vast natural resources are a part of what makes Wisconsin such a special place to call home. And it's our responsible and balanced stewardship of these national treasures that will secure them for generations to come while still providing enjoyment, income, and beauty for us today.

We must protect our natural resources without letting bureaucrats in Washington DC destroy our economy. We need to stand firm against excessive regulations that will put Wisconsin out of business, subject our economy to the command and control of the EPA, and do little to actually help the environment. I believe that we can find a way to protect our natural resources without the EPA destroying our economy.

Here in Northeast Wisconsin, the environment is far too valuable to be subjected to partisan bickering. That's why I would also continue Rep. Ribble's Save the Bay initiative, continuing to bring local communities and stakeholders together to protect the Bay of Green Bay and improve our water quality.

Source: 2016 Wisconsin House campaign website MikeForWisconsin.com Nov 8, 2016

Russell Feingold: Clean Water Restoration Act to protect streams and wetlands

Feingold consistently voted in favor of environmental protection, was a leader of the opposition to Arctic drilling and voted against the Bush-Cheney energy bill.

As a Great Lakes senator, Feingold showed particular leadership of water issues. Year after year, Feingold sponsored the Clean Water Restoration Act, to preserve Clean Water Act protections for millions of miles and acres of streams and wetlands. It's the same issue that President Obama addressed with a new clean-water rule just this week, a rule that the Senate will likely try to kill soon. So far, [Feingold's opponent] Sen. Ron Johnson hasn't added his name as a cosponsor, but he's expressed concerns about the rule, and this may soon provide a stark policy contrast between the two Wisconsin politicians.

Source: Huffington Post coverage of 2016 Wisconsin Senate race May 28, 2015

Scott Walker: 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

Tommy Thompson: Prevent invasive Asian Carp in Great Lakes

Other issues addressed in the debate included Asian Carp getting into the Great Lakes. Both candidates agreed they could not "tolerate or allow" Asian Carp to get into the Great Lakes. Thompson said once that invasive species got into those lakes "there would be no turning back--they'd be here to stay."
Source: Madison Agri-View on 2012 Wisconsin Senate debates Oct 4, 2012

Mark Neumann: Oppose UN's Agenda 21 sustainable development

Question 4. Will you work to prevent or reverse the entrenchment of Agenda 21 "sustainable development" strategies in the United States? [Note: "Agenda 21" is the United Nations plan that came out of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development, which was signed by the United States without formal ratification].

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Oppose UN's Agenda 21 sustainable development

Question 4. Will you work to prevent or reverse the entrenchment of Agenda 21 "sustainable development" strategies in the United States? [Note: "Agenda 21" is the United Nations plan that came out of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development, which was signed by the United States without formal ratification].

Mark Neumann: Yes

Tommy Thompson: Yes

Source: 2012 Wisconsin Tea Party Senate Debate Questionnaire Aug 13, 2012

Tommy Thompson: Funded $170M in “conservation easement” land purchases

Stewardship Fund: Gov. Thompson created the innovative program in 1989 and he has used it to purchase the three largest land acquisitions in state history. The governor renews Wisconsin’s environmental legacy by creating Stewardship 2000.

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program leverages an additional $170 million in federal funding to bolster Stewardship 2000 through buying land easements to protect sensitive habitats and waters throughout the state.

Source: Wisconsin Governor’s web site, “Budget” Dec 25, 2000

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