Rick Lazio on Environment

Former Republican/Conservative Representative (NY-2)

Clean up toxic areas with new Superfund legislation

Q: What will you do for those in danger from toxic dumping?

A: As a strong environmentalist, as somebody who has written legislation to address acid rain in the Adirondacks and the clean-up of Long Island Sound, as somebody who cares about the watershed and as somebody who cares about this issue, I believe it’s incredibly important for us to re-authorize Superfund legislation to make sure that we have the resources that are necessary to clean up some of these sites.

Source: Clinton-Lazio debate, Buffalo NY Sep 13, 2000

Balance prosperity and conservation

The environment that surrounds us is one of our greatest assets as a nation but and also one of our gravest responsibilities. I believe that one of the most important legacies that I can leave for my children and the future generations of our great republic is the preservation of that resource. The balance of prosperity and conservation is at best difficult and always controversial in a nation that was built on the premise of unfettered rights of the individual.
Source: Issues Briefing, www.lazio.com May 4, 2000

Require reduced sulfur emissions from gasoline

The sulfur in gasoline poisons a car’s emissions control equipment, making it less effective in cutting harmful air pollutants like carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. In other words, the catalytic converters we all paid for when we bought our cars and trucks are being ruined through no fault of our own. This is because the amount of sulfur in the US gasoline supply is very high, averaging around 345 parts per million. By comparison, gasoline in Japan & Europe averages about 30 parts per million. Lazio [sponsored] a bill requiring a 30 parts per million average for the nation’s gasoline supply. Implementing this requirement would result in the equivalent of removing the emissions of 54 million cars.

Since this bill was introduced, BP Amoco announced a pilot program selling low sulfur fuels in their premium grade in Chicago and Atlanta. The company plans to begin marketing them in Chicago by spring 2001 and the prices will be equivalent to conventional gas prices.

Source: Issues Briefing, www.lazio.com May 4, 2000

End “Mountain Top Removal” mining practice

Lazio led the charge against the so-called “Mountain Top Removal” mining practice. With this practice, West Virginia coal mining companies are blowing up the tops of the mountains and pushing the rubble into valley bottoms, thus polluting the mountain streams. Although this is a clear violation of the Clean Water Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, Senator Byrd and others tried to attach a rider to last year’s appropriations bills to authorize this destructive practice. Arguing that opposing anti-environmental riders should apply regardless of whether their party affiliation, Lazio convinced the White House to oppose the rider. When Lazio learned that elements within the EPA were trying to rewrite the regulations to allow this practice, he organized a coalition which warned the administration against doing administratively what they had opposed legislatively.
Source: Issues Briefing, www.lazio.com May 4, 2000

More emission controls; more air & water standards

Source: 1998 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

More grazing & mining fees; promote pollution credits

Source: 1998 National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

2010 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Environment: Rick Lazio on other issues:
NY Gubernatorial:
Andrew Cuomo
NY Senatorial:
Charles Schumer
Kirsten Gillibrand

Dem. Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-7:Terri Sewell
CA-33:Karen Bass
DE-0:John Carney
FL-17:Frederica Wilson
HI-1:Colleen Hanabusa
LA-2:Cedric Richmond
MA-10:Bill Keating
MI-13:Hansen Clarke
RI-1:David Cicilline
GOP Freshmen
in 112th Congress:

AL-2:Martha Roby
AL-5:Mo Brooks
AZ-1:Paul Gosar
AZ-3:Ben Quayle
AZ-5:David Schweikert
AR-1:Rick Crawford
AR-2:Tim Griffin
AR-3:Steve Womack
CA-19:Jeff Denham
CO-3:Scott Tipton
CO-4:Cory Gardner
FL-12:Dennis Ross
FL-2:Steve Southerland
FL-21:Mario Diaz-Balart
FL-22:Allen West
FL-24:Sandy Adams
FL-25:David Rivera
FL-5:Rich Nugent
FL-8:Dan Webster
GA-2:Mike Keown
GA-7:Rob Woodall
GA-8:Austin Scott
ID-1:Raul Labrador
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IL-10:Bob Dold
IL-11:Adam Kinzinger
IL-14:Randy Hultgren
IL-17:Bobby Schilling
IL-8:Joe Walsh
IN-3:Marlin Stutzman
IN-4:Todd Rokita
IN-8:Larry Bucshon
IN-9:Todd Young
KS-1:Tim Huelskamp
KS-3:Kevin Yoder
KS-5:Mike Pompeo
LA-3:Jeff Landry
MD-1:Andy Harris
MI-1:Dan Benishek
MI-2:Bill Huizenga
MI-3:Justin Amash
MI-7:Tim Walberg
MN-8:Chip Cravaack
MO-4:Vicky Hartzler
MO-7:Billy Long
MS-1:Alan Nunnelee
MS-4:Steven Palazzo
GOP Freshmen
in 111th Congress:

NC-2:Renee Ellmers
ND-0:Rick Berg
NH-2:Charlie Bass
NH-1:Frank Guinta
NJ-3:Jon Runyan
NM-2:Steve Pearce
NV-3:Joe Heck
NY-13:Michael Grimm
NY-19:Nan Hayworth
NY-20:Chris Gibson
NY-24:Richard Hanna
NY-25:Ann Marie Buerkle
NY-29:Tom Reed
OH-1:Steve Chabot
OH-15:Steve Stivers
OH-16:Jim Renacci
OH-18:Bob Gibbs
OH-6:Bill Johnson
OK-5:James Lankford
PA-10:Tom Marino
PA-11:Lou Barletta
PA-3:Mike Kelly
PA-7:Patrick Meehan
PA-8:Mike Fitzpatrick
SC-1:Tim Scott
SC-3:Jeff Duncan
SC-4:Trey Gowdy
SC-5:Mick Mulvaney
SD-0:Kristi Noem
TN-3:Chuck Fleischmann
TN-4:Scott DesJarlais
TN-6:Diane Black
TN-8:Stephen Fincher
TX-17:Bill Flores
TX-23:Quico Canseco
TX-27:Blake Farenthold
VA-2:Scott Rigell
VA-5:Robert Hurt
VA-9:Morgan Griffith
WA-3:Jaime Herrera
WI-7:Sean Duffy
WI-8:Reid Ribble
WV-1:David McKinley
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