Frank Antenori is one of four Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions on environmental policy.
Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?
Yes, I do in certain regards. I do believe that some state trust needs to be set aside. Without payment, if it stays in the state’s hands and becomes a state park, state recreation area or state hunting and fishing ground, that’s fine. However, the current initiative that’s on the ballot, I’m opposed to.
Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?
Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?
No, absolutely not.
Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable-energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?
If it’s just for the tree-huggers, sorry, I’m not into that touchy-feely stuff. There’s got to be some logical reasoning for it.
Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?
No, because when you start funding and subsidizing something that is not the answer – you are going to lock that answer in without encouraging the right answer to be found. Anybody who has any solar background knows that there are better things starting to emerge that are more efficient. I believe the tax credits should go to industry to research materials to increase the efficiency of solar panels.
Should the state enact environmental rules that are more strict then federal regulations?
No, because it reduces the competitive capability. If you create a uniform standard, everyone is on the same sheet of music.