Boozman Bulletin: EPA
There is a reason Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State. We are blessed with natural beauty and opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Using our natural resources is a way of life for Arkansans, and we need to preserve it for future generations. Arkansans have long been good stewards of our environment. Our state‚Äôs agriculture, fishing, hunting and tourism are all dependent on our ability to care for our land and water.
We all value clean water, clean air and conservation, and I believe that we don‚Äôt need the government mandating how we do that. I‚Äôm concerned with EPA‚Äôs overreaching policies that tell Arkansans what we need to do to take care of our state. Our water, air and how we produce energy are all threatened by heavy-handed mandates. These lead to expensive permits, high costs and lost productivity. Hardworking Arkansas families are left to foot the bill.
Waters of the United States ‚Äď This regulation would significantly expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act to redefine federal regulatory reach of all wet areas. This means everything from farm ponds to drainage ditches would fall under this rule. Arkansas farmers are alarmed by this overreach because they don‚Äôt want Washington telling them how to use their land. I‚Äôm working to prevent this rule‚Äôs implementation as a cosponsor of Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/6/boozman-fighting-epa-s-water-power-grab>
Carbon Emissions - The EPA‚Äôs carbon emissions mandate targets our state for cuts stricter than 44 other states. Arkansas families will feel this when they pay their electric bills. <www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/weekly-columns
The President himself acknowledged that these types of mandates will make the cost of electricity ‚Äėnecessarily sky-rocket.‚Äô
The issue of carbon emissions is front and center in Arkansas as our state leaders devise a plan to address these new federal mandates. I‚Äôve heard from many residents concerned about this issue.
Listen to my response to an Arkansan asking about this issue.
More bureaucracy is not the answer. These mandates bypass the ‚Äúchecks and balances‚ÄĚ of Congress and impose a harmful energy policy similar to what Congress already rejected. In addition to driving up the price of electricity, these mandates will send jobs overseas, and lead to the construction of foreign factories in places like China, which will emit far more carbon dioxide and pollution into the global atmosphere. That‚Äôs why I‚Äôve been working to prevent its implementation and provide stakeholders with the time they need to weigh in. <www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/press-releases
This is extremely complex. That‚Äôs why EPA extended the comment period.
Let the EPA know what you think. <www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0602-0001>
I support using our natural resources in all-of-the-above energy mix that includes renewables such as solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass along with reliable sources like coal, nuclear, and natural gas. Arkansans deserve a more reasonable energy plan, and I will support policies that protect our environment without driving up the electric bill for Arkansas families.
Read what others are saying about this mandate
Arkansas News Bureau - EPA extends comment period on carbon emissions rule
KUAR - Arkansas Stakeholders Assess Effects Of EPA's Clean Air Rule
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 2 panels opposing EPA rule
Associated Press - Utilities, regulators discuss carbon-emissions rules
Texarkana Gazette - Too Much, Too Soon
ISIL Threat to National Security: The President has been slow to act on the dangers this extremist group poses to our country. It‚Äôs clear these terrorists want to harm our country and American citizens at home and abroad. I support diplomatic efforts to build a coalition of allies to fight ISIL, and the larger strategy, to confront their barbaric actions that include beheading American journalists and executing Christians. I believe that we need a comprehensive plan to prevent U.S. citizens with these terrorist connections from carrying out terrorist attacks at home. In a letter to the Administration, several of my colleagues and I voiced our concern about these individuals and their potential to destroy our way of life. The Administration replied this week writing that‚Äôs its using every available means to ensure that our homeland remains safe from terrorist threats originating from U.S. passport holders or Visa Waiver Program countries.
Protecting Arkansas Grain Farmers: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved an extension of the Commodity Credit Corp. loan repayment date for farmers impacted by the financial mismanagement of Turner Grain in Brinkley, Arkansas, at my urging to help these farmers who may be facing significant financial difficulties. This is why I helped introduce the Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 to protect grain farmers from financial ruin if a seed producer defaults on a contract and fails to pay grain producers after taking possession of the grain.
Marshals Museum Groundbreaking: The U.S. Marshals Service celebrated its 225th anniversary on Wednesday and Fort Smith celebrated with the groundbreaking of the national museum dedicated to the work of this law enforcement agency. <www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/dr-boozman-s-check-up
This groundbreaking serves as a milestone on the way to completion of the museum and a testament to work of the Marshals to bring law and order to this country as well as the people who have worked to make the dream of the U.S. Marshals Museum come true. Check out pictures from the event on my Facebook page.<www.facebook.com/JohnBoozman>
Fighting the Ebola Outbreak: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 2,800 people have died in the worst outbreak of Ebola virus in history. Read how U.S. leadership can help stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa and beyond.<www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/dr-boozman-s-check-up
Arkansas Adoption Angels: I was proud to honor Springdale‚Äôs Creekside Center for Women as a 2014 Angel in Adoption for its advocacy of adoption. We are fortunate to have this team of faith-based physicians in Arkansas. Click here to learn more about their work and Angels in Adoption.
Charlie Battery Reunion: Do you know anyone who served with Charlie Battery of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade? The community of Ozark is hosting a reunion to honor members and families of Charlie Battery this Saturday. I‚Äôm looking forward to celebrating Charlie Battery and all of its accomplishments as well as sharing memorabilia with other Arkansans who have a connection to this unit.
Recognition: The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation‚Äôs leading small business association, presented me with its ‚ÄėGuardian of Small Business‚Äô award for my voting record on behalf of America‚Äôs small business owners in the 113th Congress. I appreciate this recognition and will continue to promote policies that support small business. I also accepted Competitive Enterprise Institute‚Äôs (CEI) ‚ÄúChampion of the Worker‚ÄĚ award for a perfect voting record on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress.
Arkansas Senate Page: Instead of remembering his locker combination, Cogan Wade, a junior at Little Rock‚Äôs Episcopal Collegiate School will be remembering the names and faces of members of the Senate. He will be serving as one of 30 Senate Pages who are responsible for preparing the Senate chamber for the day‚Äôs business.