The debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: global climate change is real, it is caused mainly by emissions released from burning fossil fuels and it poses a catastrophic threat to the long-term longevity of our planet. If we do nothing, the planet will heat up five to ten degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century. That would cause enough sea level rise from melting glaciers to put cities like New York and Miami underwater – along with more frequent asthma attacks, higher food prices, insufficient drinking water and more infectious diseases.The worst part is this: people who live in low-income and minority communities will bear the most severe consequences of society’s addiction to fossil fuels.
Switch to 100% renewable energy by 2035 and create millions of jobs while doing it. Invest in clean, sustainable energy sources powered by the sun, wind and Earth’s heat.
End the huge subsidies that benefit fossil fuel companies.
Create a national environmental and climate justice plan that recognizes the heightened public health risks faced by low-income and minority communities.
Build electric vehicle charging stations. In a country where nearly 30 percent of carbon pollution emissions come from the transportation sector, it is imperative that we end our dependence on gasoline.
Build high-speed passenger and cargo rail. Our nation’s rail system is largely obsolete, even though our energy-efficient railroads move more freight than ever, and Amtrak’s ridership has never been higher. We must invest in our rail transportation, and not cut corners, to make sure accidents like the one near DuPont never happen again.
Update and modernize the energy grid. Some of our grid infrastructure has not been updated since it was first built in the 1920s and 1930s. Technology development in clean energy resources and electric grid improvements have enabled “smart” technologies, programs and policies to create a safer, more sustainable energy system.
Ban Arctic oil drilling.
Ban offshore drilling.
Stop dirty pipeline projects like the Keystone XL.
Stop exports of liquefied natural gas and crude oil.
Ban fracking for natural gas.
Ban mountaintop removal coal mining and invest in Appalachian communities.
Close the loopholes that allow the chemical, oil and gas industries to pollute our air and water.
Protect public lands by promoting natural resource conservation and habitat preservation.
Invest in solar energy and put money back in the pockets of consumers. I will introduce/co-sponsor the house version of the Low Income Solar Act to increase low-income families’ access to solar energy by making it more affordable for people who own their own home and incentivize access to community solar projects.
Invest in making all American homes more energy efficient. For every dollar invested in energy efficiency technologies, like weatherization and efficient light bulbs, energy customers can enjoy up to four dollars in savings.