Phil Scott on Environment
Ease regulations: flexibility for forestry & farms
Let's create flexibility for our forestry businesses, working lands and trail networks. Let's simplify construction approval in rural industrial parks and reduce their fees. Let's help farms create new revenue from tourism and on-site businesses.
Let's get the most mileage from our transportation dollars by exempting projects that have environmental protections already built in.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to the Vermont legislature
, Jan 24, 2019
$50M for clean-up of our impaired waterways
If there is one thing Vermonters agree on, it is love of our landscape. Whether you hunt, fish, ski or hike, our landscape contributes to our high quality of life. It plays a significant role in the $2.5 billion spent annually by tourists and vacation
To further protect this working landscape, my budget makes investments to support our Agencies of Agriculture and Natural Resources, plus important partner organizations.
Protecting our lakes, streams and landscape is vital to our
economic security. That's why I am committed to cleaning up our waterways, using existing state resources and financial tools.
My capital and transportation budgets commit $20 million in each of the next two years
for clean-up of our impaired waterways. I will commit another $10 million from existing revenue and other sources, for the full $50 million in funding.
Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address
, Jan 25, 2017
Support local agriculture; they're stewards of our land
I would continue to support and develop more robust and self-sustaining agricultural sectors that promote emerging agricultural industries and work to ensure that the policies and programs of the State will support and promote the
Vermont agriculture industry as a vital component of the State's economy and essential steward of our land.
I would continue to work to increase economic development in Vermont's food and farm sector, create jobs in the food and farm economy and improve access to healthy local foods.
I would also work as I have in the past to market the Vermont brand both outside of Vermont and internally.
Source: NE Organic Farming Assoc. on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race
, Nov 1, 2012
Reduce chemicals in consumer goods, when evidence warrants
I believe we can all agree with efforts to reduce harmful chemicals in consumer goods. I believe it's important to have good
scientific evidence of harmful health effects before mandating costly changes to production lines, but if the evidence is there, there is no question that the cost and the inconvenience is well worth it to protect our health.
Source: Planned Parenthood survey on 2016 Vermont gubernatorial race
, Mar 15, 2012
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