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Race for Congress: Where They Stand on the environment

Eli Francovichelif@spokesman.com


Lisa Brown (Democrat)

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Republican)

Dave Saulibio (Trump populist)

Q: Is human activity primarily responsible for the change in the Earth's climate?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

Shouldn't even be a question anymore.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Partially

Partially

A number of variables drive the Earth's cooling and warming. Humans can play a role in reducing carbon emissions.

Dave Saulibio - No

No

Believes the data is inconclusive.

Q: What role should the federal government have in preparing for climate change?

Lisa Brown -

The government should continue to fund research on climate change. it should also encourage transition to cleaner energy systems through incentives and taxes and finally the U.S. should be involved in international agreements and negotiations such as the Paris Agreement.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers -

She believes the federal government can prepare for lcimate change by reducing regulations on carbon-free energy sources like hydropower. "We're losing out on clean electricity because it takes so long for the permitting process."

Dave Saulibio - None

None

Believes the national debt is a bigger, more urgent problem.

Q: Would you support federal legislation removing the four lower Snake River dams?

Lisa Brown - No

No

She doesn't believe that's needed at this point.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

"Dams and fish can coexist." She can't imagine a time when she'd ever support removal.

Dave Saulibio - Not sure

Not sure

Wants to see the "business case analysis for removing the dams."

Q: Do you support the approval of the federal Columbia River biological opinion? Or is another environmental study needed of the Columbia and Snake River hydropower system?

Lisa Brown -

Supports a new environmental study. If the judge rules that new science should be looked at, then that is what should happen. "I don't think Congress should intervene and overturn the current process."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

Yes, she supports the biological opinion. No other study is needed.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

He approves of the biological opinion and does not think another study needs to be done.

Q: Should the federal government fund the Odessa ground water replacement program project despite concerns about cost and the impact on the Columbia River and salmon recovery efforts?

Lisa Brown - Depends

Depends

She believes the federal government should be a partner in the project but isn't sure to what extent.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

Dave Saulibio - Not sure

Not sure

Wants to see the "business case analysis."

Q: Hunting and fishing licenses and excise taxes on guns, ammunition and fishing gear make up 60 percent of conservation dollars nationwide. With declining numbers of hunters and anglers nationwide, would you support a tax on outdoor gear similar to the Pittman-Robertson Act?

Lisa Brown -

Does not support a tax on outdoor gear. But does support the bipartisan bill "Recovering America's Wildlife Act."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Maybe

Maybe

She might support such a tax but would want to understand where and how conservation dollars are being spent.

Dave Saulibio -

Does not support a tax. But would support increased fees.

Q: Do you support the shrinking of national monuments?

Lisa Brown - Depends

Depends

Opposes the Bears Ears National Monument decision but is open to considering shrinking on a case-by-case basis. "In general no, I don't think we should be going in the direction of shrinking national monuments. They are irreplaceable ultimately."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - It depends

It depends

She supports shrinking monuments if local input is included. She has concerns about the lack of local input in the shrinking of Bears Ears National Monument.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

"I support President Trump 100 percent."

Q: Do you support reintroduction of grizzly bears in the North Cascades

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

She believes bringing in another "apex predator to the Northwest would put our communities at risk."

Dave Saulibio - No

No

Q: Do you support the Trump administration's offshore drilling proposal opening most U.S. offshore waters to oil and gas exploration, including off the coast of Washington?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Q: Do you think wolves should remain federally protected in the western two-thirds of Washington?

Lisa Brown - Yes

Yes

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - No

No

She thinks the gray would should be delisted.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Q: Do you support the completion of the Keystone Pipeline?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

"Pipelines are the safest and most efficient way to move oil and gas across the United States."

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Q: Do you support the reduction of vehicle emission standards?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

She believes car manufacturers will continue to raise emission standards in response to consumer demand.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Believes states should decide vehicle emissions standards.

Q: Do you support the chlorpyrifos ban reversal?

Lisa Brown - No

No

"We already know that the chemical is harmful. It's harmful to children. It's Harmful to farm workers. I don't think there is any question mark about that."

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

She believes the ban was "premature" and has heard from farmers that it makes their jobs harder.

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes

Q: Do you support President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement?

Lisa Brown - No

No

Cathy McMorris Rodgers - Yes

Yes

Dave Saulibio - Yes

Yes