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Joni Ernst on Environment

 

 


No more Agenda 21: no United Nations eminent domain

Agenda 21, a community planning provision in a decades-old UN treaty, has become an object of conspiracy theories on the right. At a January GOP forum, Ernst warned that Agenda 21 could force Iowa farmers off their land, dictate what cities Iowans must live in, and control how Iowa citizens travel from place to place: "The United Nations has imposed this upon us, and as a US senator, I would say, 'No more. No more Agenda 21.' Community planning--to the effect that it is implementing eminent domain and taking away property rights away from individuals--I don't agree with that. And especially in a place such as Iowa. We don't want to see things like eminent domain come into play," Ernst said in response to a question. "Agenda 21 is taking away our individual liberties, our freedoms as US citizens. So I would adamantly oppose Agenda 21."

When asked last week about her previous remarks, Ernst had changed her tune, saying, "we have a great legislature here, and I think that we will protect Iowans."

Source: Yahoo.com News on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Aug 13, 2014

Endorsed Targeted as "Dirty Dozen" for anti-environmentalism.

Ernst is endorsed by in the "Dirty Dozen" by the League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV)'s trademark Dirty Dozen program targets candidates for Congress--regardless of party affiliation--who consistently vote against clean energy and conservation and are running in races in which LCV has a serious chance to affect the outcome. Since 1996, more than 60 percent of the Dirty Dozen have been defeated.

Source: 2014 LCV Action Fund Senate Dirty Dozen website 14-LCV- on Aug 11, 2014

Loosen restrictions on predator control in Alaska.

Ernst 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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