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John Neely Kennedy on Environment

Democratic Senate Challenger (LA)

 


Wetlands will wash away before 2017 coastal protection

The candidates both supported increased domestic oil drilling and expansion of alternative sources of energy.

Landrieu said she was proud of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, with a large portion of the royalties going to help coastal protection efforts.

Kennedy responded by saying the state’s entire congressional delegation worked to pass the bill & much of the billions of dollars in royalties wouldn’t start flowing until 2017, after thousands more acres of wetlands had washed away

Source: Associated Press on NOLA.com on 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate , Oct 16, 2008

$14B to rebuild America’s coastline

This is a beautiful state, but it’s disappearing before our eyes. We lose a football field of land to open water every 30 minutes [via coastal erosion]. We’ve lost 1900 square miles of our wetlands and coastline since 1932, an area the size of Rhode Island. We’re projected to lose another 700 square miles in the next 50 years.

It will cost $14 billion over 10 years to rebuild America’s coastline. That’s a little over two years worth of royalties that the federal government collects from drilling off our coast, which is made possible by Louisiana’s infrastructure. It’s time we demand our fair share of this money to rebuild our coastline and restore our wetlands. No more meetings. No more committees. No more task forces. No more begging for crumbs. This would not be happening in California or Florida or New Jersey, because their citizens would not tolerate it. We should not either.

Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, www.johnkennedy.com, “Issues” , Oct 20, 2004

Loosen restrictions on predator control in Alaska.

Kennedy voted YEA Disapprove Subsistence Hunting Rule on ANWR

Library of Congress Summary: This joint resolution nullifies the rule finalized by the Department of the Interior on Aug. 5, 2016, relating to non-subsistence takings of wildlife and public participation and closure procedures on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.

Case for voting YES by House Republican Policy Committee: The Fish and Wildlife Service rule--which lays claim to more than 20% of Alaska--violates ANILCA (Alaska National Interest Land Conservation Act) and the Alaska Statehood Compact. Not only does [the existing 2016 rule] undermine Alaska's ability to manage fish and wildlife upon refuge lands, it fundamentally destroys a cooperative relationship between Alaska and the federal government.

Case for voting NO by the Sierra Club (April 6, 2017):

Legislative outcome: Passed Senate, 52-47-1, March 21; passed House, 225-193-12, Feb. 16; signed by Pres. Trump April 3.
Source: Congressional vote 18-HJR69 on Feb 16, 2017

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