Finney appointed to key environment post

State Senator Raymond Finney has been appointed to a key committee in the Southern Legislative Conference. Finney was appointed by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) to serve on the Energy and Environment Committee of the SLC, a regional group of lawmakers.

“I am very confident that you will continue to represent the state of Tennessee with the high standard of professionalism, dedication and integrity that the citizens deserve and expect from their public servants,” wrote Ramsey, in naming Finney to the committee. Finney also serves on the Conservation and Environment Committee in the Tennessee State Senate.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on this Southern regional legislative committee and to represent the Tennessee Senate in this manner,” Finney said. “It is a privilege to work with fellow state legislators from the South on solutions regarding energy and the environment, which are two of the most pressing issues of our time. I am also honored that Lt. Governor Ramsey recognizes my interest and expertise in environmental issues.”

The Energy and Environment Committee holds discussions and presentations, including a thorough study completed recently on clean water programs in the South and the water permitting process. They have also studied alternative energy; the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); state compliance with federal clean air and water standards; the future for nuclear power; the role of merchant power plants; the ramifications of deregulation on Southern states; growth and sprawl; and surveyed recent legislative and state public utility activity. Finney’s appointment takes effect immediately.

“When we attempt to apply common sense, proven, practical solutions to threats to our environment, all of us benefit now and for generations to come,” Finney added. “The South has an abundance of natural resources, which have been instrumental in the recent growth and development throughout the region. I look forward to working on this committee to move our Southern states forward as national leaders on both energy and environmental issues.”

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CommonSense writes:

There is balance between Energy and the Environment. Every time we build a road, it creates pollutants and run-off. Is the solution to go back to dirt roads and horses? We have to perserve the environment, but Finney wants to ensure that Tennessee is not a part of balancing act. Finney wants to ensure that Tennessee does not grow and prosper with the development of its natural resources, all in the name of protecting the environment. Senator Finney, to make me beleive that you want to protect the environment, live your life like you mean it - go green, ride a bike, use candles and not electricity, - as for me I will continue to drive my SUV into Gatlinburg and hike in the smog around the Smokey Mountains and enjoy the little towns that have prospered with the development of Coal mining and hydralic power. Stifling growth does not protect the environment, it just causes lost jobs and revenues.