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June 19, 2013
The Nevada County Republican Party is the party that believes in long-term responsible stewardship of California's bountiful natural resources for future generations.
We believe we can have both a healthy economy and a healthy environment and support environmental policies based upon sound science, innovation, new technologies, and incentives rather than regulation, taxation, and litigation. Environmental regulations must be balanced and tempered by the effect they will have on workers and on the economy. We believe that the Kyoto Treaty is fundamentally flawed because it ignores the fact that the largest source of pollution in the world is China, which is exempt from the requirements of Kyoto.
We believe California industry should be the world's leader in developing and manufacturing safe, renewable, and sustainable energy. We encourage the development of these new technologies and systems for use in the domestic market, as well as for export to large polluters like India and China.
We believe that entrepreneurs using technology, innovation, and incentives are more likely to solve environmental problems than are bureaucrats. We support the creation of tax credits to homeowners and builders who incorporate alternative energy systems into their homes, and also support offering tax credits to people who turn in older, high-polluting cars.
Our current dependence on foreign oil threatens both our national security and economic prosperity by making us vulnerable to the will of dangerous foreign dictators. Through private initiative and enterprise, we support the development of energy independent from foreign sources.
To protect lives and property, we must thin many of our forests using modern, environmentally sound methods to reduce the extremely high fire hazard. Our overgrown forests cannot safely be allowed to burn "naturally," since they are in an unstable and unnatural condition.
We believe city governments should be held to the same standards of cleaning waste water that apply to private industry.