Cathy Glasson - Democratic candidate for Governer of iowa
- She has endorsements from Iowa environmental activists.
- Iowa has some of the dirtiest water in the country. Runoff from large, industrial-scale farms is dumping a toxic mix of insecticide, manure and chemical fertilizers into our waterways and soil.
- I’m all in for cleaning up our water and building up our family farms.
- We need a Governor who isn’t bought and paid for by the polluters. That’s why I’ve signed a pledge not to take a penny in campaign contributions from the oil, gas and coal industries. And I won’t take any money from the factory farms either.
- It’s time to get serious about protecting our environment in Iowa. As Governor, I’ll force the corporate polluters who are fouling our water to clean it up. I’ll demand a moratorium on new or expanding factory farms until there are fewer than 100 polluted waterways in our state.
Fred Hubbell - Democratic candidate for Governer of iowa
Andy McGuire- Democratic candidate for Governer of iowa
Des Moines, IA –In observance of Earth Day, Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Andy McGuire, issued the following statement:
- “Now more than ever we must remain vigilant and fight for our planet that is currently under attack by federal and state governments driven by an anti-science agenda. It’s no longer enough to remind one another to reduce, reuse and recycle. We must make a commitment to hold our leaders accountable when they ignore environmental regulations and instead promote policies that ignore data and scientific facts."
- “By standing with Trump, Gov. Reynolds has already made it clear that she is willing to put party over both Iowa jobs and our planet. As a physician and scientist, I refuse to embrace an anti-science agenda that ignores facts, and mountains of evidence that show climate change is the most serious global threat to the future of our society. Iowans will always be able to count on me to stand up for a clean, safe environment. I will oppose climate deniers, including President Trump, and take the appropriate steps to tackle this issue head on, without hesitation."
- “Like all mothers and friends of agriculture across this great state, I see with my own eyes the absence of our spring. Just one year ago we had our corn planted by Earth Day. But this spring global warming has brought us a new twist in climate extremes: Extreme cold and a winter that won’t quit. These problems are sure to grow worse in the future and I am prepared to lessen the harm to coming generations.”
John Norris - Democratic candidate for Governer of iowa
A Real Strategy for Water Quality:
As governor, I will ensure that appropriate resources are invested to address this critical public health issue. First and foremost, we need to direct far more federal, state and local funds to the nutrient reduction strategy. This program brings together policymakers, farmers, and scientists to identify and implement strategies that reduce farming nutrients in our water. The scale of the problem will require a significant and longstanding commitment from the state that is simply not being considered at the statehouse this year.
Ross Wilburn - DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNER OF IOWA
- Healthy Iowa also calls for cleaning up and protecting the state’s environment, including groundwater, with involvement from agricultural, industrial and environmental experts.
- Climate change is real and ongoing, so we need to prepare our state and communities to act in ways that absorb the stress caused by climate change and to change how we operate—and even how we live our daily lives—so we can better prepare for and limit the impacts of climate change.
- We can start by putting in place what 63 percent of Iowa voters already said in approving a state constitutional amendment creating the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. Let’s follow through on that mandate and establish a strong fund to protect and preserve our state, which for generations has given back and made this a state where Iowans can work, play and enjoy their lives.
Governor Kim Reynolds - REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF IOWA issued the following statement 9-7-2017 after the Clean Jobs Midwest report showed Iowa leading in wind energy jobs.
Governor Kim Reynolds testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) August 1, 2017 Governor Reynolds on behalf of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Below are her remarks, as prepared for delivery:
- "As governor of a Midwestern state, I’ve long been a passionate supporter of biofuels. I understand how crucial a robust RFS is to farmers and the entire Iowa economy…"
- "We commend the administration for its commitment to keeping the Renewable Fuel Standard at the level set by Congress."
- "Improving water quality is a shared goal of Iowans. Urban and rural stakeholders have worked collaboratively making great strides."
- "My hope is that a water quality bill is the first piece of legislation I sign as governor…The passage of this monumental legislation does not mean the water quality discussion is over; rather it ignites the conversation to implement and scale practices that will continue to make an impact on water quality."
The 2015 WOTUS rule released during the Obama administration was a massive federal land grab, creating confusing and uncertainty for regulators, farmers, ranchers and others who depend on their ability to work the land. As the administration considers the rewrite of WOTUS, we would encourage them to take the 'Scalia approach' and significantly scale back the amount of federal overreach seen in the first rule.