DES MOINES, Iowa — As presidential hopefuls make their final pitches to Iowans before the upcoming caucuses, rural residents say they want to hear more about climate change.Some political observers might think climate change is an issue more important to voters in coastal areas. But according to the Center for Rural Affairs, 91% of respondents to a recent survey said they were either “very” or “extremely” concerned about climate change affecting their lives.Kalya Bergman, policy associate with the Center, said the participants were rural Iowans of all backgrounds.“Educators, farmers, business owners, parents and all other backgrounds, and they’re all concerned about and willing to take steps to address climate change,” Bergman said.Climate researchers say Iowa has seen the largest per-decade increase in annual average rainfall at more than 1 inch of precipitation. Bergman said the flooding from the higher rainfall totals is a direct threat to the more than 1 million people living in rural Iowa, where a lot of food and energy is produced.Kevin Griggs runs EOR Iowa, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. He said he believes the state is on the front lines of climate change. And he’s seen it first hand through the work his company does.“Things like invasive species – plant and animal species, even some fish species,” Griggs said.Unlike recent presidential elections, some of the Democratic hopefuls in 2020 have taken notice of voter concerns in Iowa. That includes TV ads that focus on the Green New Deal, or fielding questions about the topic during forums.Meanwhile, the Center for Rural Affairs says voters they’ve spoken to hope candidates will take actions like promoting programs that reward farmers for taking part in conservation and renewable energy initiatives.
Thomas Pringle TD has called for genuine engagement with tenants and the need for a will on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in negotiating rent reductions for fishery harbour centre tenants.“Currently, the department has in the region of 140 property agreements in place in the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Killybegs, Ros an Mhíl, Dingle, Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Howth,” he said.“In the region of 60 lease agreements contain rent review clauses, however Minister Coveney decided that following the completion of rent reviews due for the period up to mid-2008 that no rent reviews would be carried out for years subsequent to 2008 and that an effective freeze in rent would be applied across the board. “Last week I informed the Minister how this decision he made two years ago is affecting tenants who are living with the consequences of this and paying very high rents and want their rents to be reviewed and are happy to engage with the Department, but to no avail.“Minister Coveney justified his decision by stating that in the most recent round of rent reviews, numerous rents were increased. While this may be the case, the rent freeze is not enough and in some cases detrimental whereby numerous tenants are finding themselves at a disadvantage because of this. If there was a will within the department to engage with tenants and work towards negotiating fairer rents I believe that would be a constructive solution.“But since the Minister has decided to continue this approach in relation to rent reviews due in 2013 and for a rent freeze to be applied in all such cases, it looks like this situation will remain for some time.“This is an unfortunate situation for those who would otherwise be paying lower rents and I will continue to call on the Minister to constructively engage with these tenants,” stated Pringle. GOVERNMENT WON’T REVIEW RENTS IN KILLYBEGS – TD was last modified: February 19th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GOVERNMENT WON’T REVIEW RENTS IN KILLYBEGS – TD