Representation of the District on:
I. THE ENVIRONMENT vs. the Energy industry
What do Voters think?
- 62.6% of registered voters in the district think that protection of the environment should be given priority, even if economic growth is affected.
- Our survey of registered voters in Mission Viejo, 55.2% opposed President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord.
How large of a presence is the energy industry in the district?
- There are only 35 individuals in the 45th district who are employed in the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction industry, with an annual payroll of approximately $3,769,000. There are approximately 570 individuals employed in utilities, with other energy sector workers may be found in various manufacturing and services subsectors, such as petroleum and coal products manufacturing. Unfortunately, data are not available at the district level for such subsectors (For sources click here)
How much have Energy related Industries donated to Mimi Walters?
Of the approximately $2,542,473 raised by Representative Walters’ campaign in 2017-2018, PACs and organizations donated a total of $1,025,895 to her campaign (41.1% of total raised), with individuals donating $135,209 (5.32% of total raised). Of the monies donated by PACs and organizations, approximately $101,500 (9.8%) was donated by PACs and organizations associated with the energy industry. (for sources click here)
How Has Mimi Walters Voted?
- H.J.Res. 36 Nullified the Bureau of Land Management’s "Methane Rule" which sought to reduce the venting of gas on federal lands by prohibiting it except in the case of an emergency or if flaring is infeasible.
- H.J.Res. 38 Repealed the Stream Protection Rule addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites.
- H.J.Res. 41 Nullified the rule, mandated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that required energy companies to disclose payments ("bribes") made to foreign governments.
- H.R. 2883 Promotion Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act Established coordinated procedures to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity, substantially weakening the process for federal approval and environmental and safety review by narrowing NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) applicability.
- H.R. 2910 Promoting Interagency Coordinator for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Speeds up the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s natural gas pipeline review process by placing additional requirements on relevant federal, state and local agencies, including concurrent reviews with deadlines, to help streamline the process in siting interstate natural gas pipelines; may lessen the ability of private landowners and local governments and agencies to contest the siting of these facilities.
- H.R.3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 Its supporters say it would modernize the regulatory permitting process and encourage the expansion of hydropower generation by improving administrative efficiency, accountability, and transparency; promoting new hydropower infrastructure; requiring balanced, timely decision making; and reducing duplicative oversight. Opponents say "This bill is a devastating assault on our nation’s rivers and the people and wildlife that depend upon them. Its passage would end 95 years of balance in hydropower licensing, tipping the scales against taxpayers and in favor of huge utilities.”
- H.R. 3905 Minnesota's Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act Prevents federal agencies from withdrawing certain federal land in northern Minnesota from use for mining activities. Restores two mineral leases that were canceled by the Bureau of Land Management under the Obama administration.