Issue Position: Environment
Protecting Our Environment
A native of small-town Missouri and an Eagle Scout, Jay Nixon loves the natural beauty of our state. He grew up hunting and fishing, and he still enjoys casting a line today. He believes that every young person ought to have the opportunity to catch a fish in a local stream, cook it and eat it - without the fear of pollutants or harmful chemicals. For Jay, protecting our environment is about protecting our Missouri way of life.
As our Attorney General for the past 16 years, Jay has stood up time and again to protect the lands on which we live, farm, hunt, fish and camp. He pushed for the tough-minded environmental division within the Attorney General's Office and has aggressively taken on corporate polluters of our land and water. A strong advocate for conservation, Jay has fought for clean water -- protecting the Missouri and Mississippi rivers; regulating underground storage tanks; and cracking down on the disposal of toxic wastes. He's stood tough against the worst corporate polluters and fought to make sure they pay to clean up the messes they make, while at the same time helping other Missouri businesses comply with our laws.
As Governor, Jay Nixon will push for common-sense environmental policies that use nature's resources to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. That's why Jay supports the development of ethanol, wind, solar, bio-diesel and cellulosic-based biofuels here in Missouri. Working together with our farmers, ranchers and scientists, we can develop a robust bio-fuel industry that protects our environment, lessens our dependence on foreign oil and reduces environmental impact.
Jay knows the importance of the livestock and grain industries here in Missouri, and we all want to see those industries thrive. Yet, Consolidated Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, are of increasing concern to farmer and non-farm families alike. That is why Jay believes in a "Good Neighbor Policy." Most of us know what it means to be a good neighbor -- we take care of what's ours and help out when someone needs it. A good neighbor fights to protect his property rights, but also respects the property rights of his neighbors. Good neighbors know that in making a living on our land, we shouldn't hurt our neighbors' ability to make a living on theirs. And in those rare cases when conflicts occur, we should sit down with our neighbors and see if we can work out a common-sense solution. For this reason, Jay supports local solutions in CAFO disputes whenever possible.
Jay will work with producers to develop industry best-practice standards for controlling odor, managing waste and protecting watershed integrity. He will sit down with farmers and neighbors to develop common-sense solutions to these important problems -- solutions that allow farmers to farm and neighbors to get along with neighbors.