Mitch Daniels on Environment

Republican IN Governor

First state to phase in new environmental Clean Air permits

Unknown to most citizens, the air is now the cleanest in living memory. In 2011, every Indiana community met all national air quality standards for the first time in the history of the Clean Air Act.

Last year, we wiped out the last of a 550-case backlog of old, and therefore less strict, environmental permits, and are now the only state completely current. Our goal for 2012 is to maintain this status and, if national limits are lowered yet again, to find a way to meet those standards, too.

Source: Indiana 2012 State of the State Address , Jan 10, 2012

Rename EPA as Employment Prevention Agency

The EPA (which probably should be renamed the Employment Prevention Agency) declared with no statutory basis at all that it had the power to regular carbon dioxide, which is necessary to live on this planet, as a dangerous pollutant, on par with mercury or lead. A compliant judiciary somehow found a way to defer. Not only has Congress never empowered the EPA to limit CO2, it has expressly refused to do so on multiple occasions, even when asked by President Obama during the highly compliant 111th Congress. No problem. The unelected EPA and the unelected federal judiciary collaborated to redefine CO2 on their own, unleashing the agency to pursue the irrational, horrendously expensive, job-killing policy of carbon limitation despite the nonagreement of "the people's branch" [the legislature].
Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p. 163 , Sep 20, 2011

Reduced air pollution in 23 non-compliant counties

In Indiana we have made enormous headway by clearing out a backlog of some 450 expired air and water permits. In some cases, these had been pending for more than 20 years. I came to understand why the businesses involved were not complaining: new permits invariably require lower limits and tighter restrictions than the expired version. When, in 2011, the last of these antique permits was rewritten, we had reduced collective emissions by thousands of tons per year. In 2010, Indiana also hit a benchmark in air quality. For the first time since the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act, all 92 counties in the state met all applicable federal clean air standards. In 2004, air tests had revealed that twenty-three counties and one township didn't meet the federal standards.
Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.163 , Sep 20, 2011

Other governors on Environment: Mitch Daniels on other issues:
IN Gubernatorial:
Mike Pence
IN Senatorial:
Daniel Coats
Joe Donnelly

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for re-election 2013:
NJ: Chris Christie
VA: Bob McDonnell
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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