Response of Robin Wilson

Name 

First : Robert “Robin”                       

Last Wilson Jr.

Office campaigning for WV Senate District 3     Web Site: http://wilson4senate2020.weebly.com/

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Question #1


Is reducing human-induced climate change a priority for you?  Why?

 Yes X

 No

 Explain:  150 words or less
   I love people and I love nature.  I’ve dedicated my life to building a safer climate future. 

  I think we need both policy change and personal change.  Our electric utility companies and fossil fuel companies have stuck to old habits and chosen to maximum profit over a safer climate.  I think presently we are losing this safer climate battle but my commitment is to changing that.  Electoral politics, climate education, civil resistance and community transition projects are needed with greater intensity now!

   For personal climate solutions I share our farm with three other families in a co-housing community.  Every family grows an orchard and vegetable garden, they built their own home and we all make our energy from solar power.  I grow over half my own food and drive a solar powered electric car.

I’m very excited by the work that the Mid Ohio Valley Climate Action group is doing.

  


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Question #2

What is your position on the much discussed Appalachian Petrochemical Storage Hub?

 Favor

 Oppose X
 Don’t Know
 Explain:
 No new fossil fuel infrastructure should be built.  Let’s take the money spent on those projects to make our homes more energy efficient and our power more renewable.  We need all hands on deck to transition to renewable energy, energy efficiency plus choosing community over consumption.

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Question #3


What is your position on the barge docking station below Marietta that will bring fracking waste to the Mid-Ohio Valley?

 Favor
 Oppose X
 Don’t Know
 Explain:
I think we should stop hydraulic fracking and the waste it produces.  We should guarantee workers in gas, oil and coal jobs transitional jobs at equal pay to their present jobs.  These workers are not the ones who chose to continue producing high carbon fuels even after the evidence of our climate crisis was clear.  

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Question #4

Many corporations have set carbon reduction goals and require access to sustainable energy sources in order for them to locate in a state.  Do you think the MOV needs to better position itself to attract such businesses? Explain what you would propose to convince these corporations we are serious about working with them to reduce their carbon footprint. 

 Yes X

 No
 Explain:
I was happy to see West Virginia Republican legislators favor more in state renewable energy to attract out of state corporations.  It would have been nice if they would have listened to the climate science.  But I’m happy if people support wind, solar and water power for whatever reason.
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Question #5

The State of Pennsylvania has an Environmental Rights amendment in its constitution that reads: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Our state’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. “Would you approve adding such an amendment to our state constitution?

 Yes X
 No
 Explain

   As a retired teacher I start my day with a walking meditation in the woods.  It makes me happy to be close to nature.  In Japan doctors prescribe woods walks to counter act stress.  For me as a science teacher and a Quaker I think both science and religion come together in the joy that nature / creation brings me.

   As West Virginians we are part of this incredible beauty that surrounds us.  In Boy Scouts I was taught to leave a cleaner campsite than I found it.  Let’s all make a goal to leave a cleaner world than we were born into.