ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Vic Williams on the Environment

Vic Williams is one of three Republicans running in the Legislative District 26 House of Representatives primary that voters will decide Sept. 2. We asked him some questions about environmental policy.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

In general, I would work to protect the safety of our land trust to ensure it continues to fund public education.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

I believe our state standards should be inline with whatever federal mandates are already on the books.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

I believe the state should only incorporate mandates if they have immediate payback to the infrastructure. Any addition to construction cost has to be done with a cost analysis to see if it has a long-term benefit. If it brings down the operational cost of the schools, then I would support it.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

Yes, if it’s current policy then I see no reason to change at this time.

Should the state should enact environmental rules that are stricter than current federal regulations?

No it should not.

Scramblewatch Q&A: Republican Marilyn Zerull on the Environment

<!–[if gte vml 1]> <![endif]–><!–[if !vml]–><!–[endif]–>Marilyn Zerull is one of three Republicans competing in the Legislative District 26 House of Representatives GOP primary. We asked for her thoughts on environmental policy.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

I honestly don’t have an opinion on that. I don’t know enough about that particular issue.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

Yes, I think we should be able to set our own standards because our environment issues are different from other states. I want to make sure the cars on the road are not being improperly maintained and polluting the air.

Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?

Yes, I believe the people who use the roads should pay for it. I don’t believe in increasing the sales tax–it’s wrong to make everyone pay for something they don’t all use. I also believe there is nothing wrong with toll roads as a way to help pay for costs.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

I don’t believe in mandates. I believe there should be incentives to do that.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

Yes, for private use and business use-that would be an incentive.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are stricter than current federal regulations?

I don’t know whether they need to be stricter but they do need to be taylor-made to our state. We have a unique situation here because of our terrain. The rules need to meet our needs.

 

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican David Gowan on the Environment

Having made it through the primaries, Republican Frank Antenori will run against David Gowan and Andrea Dalessandro in the general election for one of two seats in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions on the environment.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

No, because it’s there to fund our education-that’s in the Constitution.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

No.

Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?

No, no tax increase. We are at a $2 billion deficit from spending and we need to cut back a little. It’s not up to the tax payers to pay for the government’s spending habits.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable-energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

Locally, they can make that decision for themselves. If we give them a portion of money and they decide to do that, they are going to have to figure out how.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

I guess that’s ok because someone is saying they have the power to decide where their money is going.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are more strict then federal regulations?

No.

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Sharon Collins on the Environment

Sharon Collins is one of four Republican candidates running for a seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked her some questions on environmental policy.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

I don’t support it because it takes away the funding for the schools-that was set aside for education.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

We should have standards but they shouldn’t go over the federal standards like they did in California.

Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?

I’d say no. I don’t like taxes in general but money is to be used for things we can’t do for ourselves and transportation is one of those things.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable-energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

I would have to look at that. My husband is in construction and he’s working on the Rio Nuevo project downtown. They are trying to be very energy efficient but the problem is that it’s too expensive.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

I think that’s OK.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are more strict then federal regulations?

No.

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Frank Antenori on the Environment

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?

No.

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.

ScrambleWatch Q&A: Republican Doug Sposito on the Environment

Doug Sposito is one of the four Republican candidates running for the open seat in Legislative District 30 House of Representatives. We asked him some questions about environmental policy.

Do you support allowing some state trust land to be set aside for conservation without payment to the trust?

No, because it’s in the state constitution that the trust will be compensated.

Should the state set fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks sold in Arizona?

No.

Should the state increase gasoline taxes to pay for more highway construction?

No.

Should the state require new schools to incorporate renewable-energy features such as solar panels if it will increase construction costs?

No.

Should the state continue to provide tax credits for solar installation?

No, that’s where the state needs to be more honest. If solar and wind were a viable energy alternative it would not need to be subsidized by the government.

Should the state enact environmental rules that are more strict then federal regulations?

No.

Sierra Club Endorses Gabby Giffords

The Sierra Club has endorsed Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is facing Republican Tim Bee in Congressional District 8.

From the Sierra Club release:

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club today announced its endorsement of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in the 2008 election.

“We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Gabrielle Giffords for re_election,” said Lynn DeMuth, Political Committee Chair. “She has demonstrated leadership in the effort to support clean, renewable energy and protect Arizona’s wild lands and endangered species habitat. We are confident that Representative Giffords will continue work to protect Arizona’s environment, for our families and for our future.”

In her first term, Representative Giffords has either sponsored or co-sponsored several pieces of legislation to address climate change, water conservation and the preservation of public lands. She has also has fought to ensure an open, transparent and comprehensive evaluation of the proposed Rosemont Mine in Southern Arizona. In addition she voted to revise the outdated and environmentally damaging 1872 Mining Law, as well as to protect the Grand Canyon environs from uranium mining. Her top priority is clean, especially solar, energy.

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