Response of Travis Shultz

Name 

First _Travis__________________

Last  _Shultz__________________

Office campaigning for *West Virginia State Senate’s 3rd District____________________________________

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Question #1


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

 Yes

 No

 Explain:  150 words or less
Yes, it is a priority.  My children are between the ages 10 to 3 and their future is important to me.  I realize that our planet’s climate is constantly changing but we are each accountable for our part in that change.


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Question #2

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

 Favor

 Oppose
 Don’t Know
 Explain:
This is the first I have heard of the Appalachian Petrochemical Storage Hub. While I am eager to learn more. I understand there is fine line between jobs and environment risks. Government(s) are often unaccountable for damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. These issues would need to be address. Please see my answer for question five for how we need to correct these issues.

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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
 Don’t Know
 Explain:

Again, this is first I heard of the barge docking station below Marietta. Fracking waste is serious by-product from today’s horizonal drilling operations. As we move from coal to natural gas to true renewables energy sources. Problems like fracking waste needs to be solve.

I am aware of New Matamoras facility that was delt with this fracking waste. It was originally constructed by Mobil Oil in the 1960s. Also remember when protesters invaded the site and damaged it in 2014. Again, please see my answer for question five.

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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. 

 No
 Explain:
The region should be working to better position itself to attract future businesses. I am against government handouts, tax breaks and special rules for these corporation. It is not the people’s job to convince these corporation we are serious about reducing their carbon footprint. It is our job to support those serious about reducing their carbon footprint. Either by buying or supporting their services and skipping over any heavy polluting corporations that do not want to be a part of cleaner world.

To attract job creators, MOV needs to provided simple tax and fee structure with an easy to follow set of rules for everyone. Not a mess of different sets of rules for every different corporation or handouts to political connected special interest groups that try to influence our government.

Keep every as simple and stead as possible. This includes those who wish to produce sustainable energy sources!


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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
 No
 Explain

Yes, I would approve adding an amendment to our state constitution.

Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights and responsibilities regarding resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Where damages can be proven and quantified in a court of law, restitution to the injured parties must be required.

An amendment will fix nothing if a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights and responsibilities is not written into law.

Governments change and so does their priorities when it comes to environmental protection. We are society of individuals and should not cede our rights.