Climate change is real and must be addressed if we are going to have a planet to leave our children and grandchildren. I will fight to protect our planet from corporate apathy and greed.
I wholeheartedly endorse Tulsi Gabbard's Off Fossil Fuels Act, which will get us to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035. We can get there sooner in California, as we are already selling surplus solar energy to neighboring states.
Fracking and Oil Pipelines:
I will introduce legislation that will ban fracking, and establish a moratorium on all new fossil fuel pipelines.
Clean water is a human right. We cannot allow corporations and their puppets in Congress to destroy our limited clean water resources. We have seen the devastating effects of oil pipeline spills and toxic runoff. It's time for common sense to play a part in politics. We are in this together and no one can drink polluted water, no matter how wealthy they are.
I will support all legislation that allows the EPA to investigate and punish corporations that pollute our water.
My love for the environment and protecting our natural resources, parks, and national monuments stems from my love for the outdoors. I am an avid backpacker and hiker, and have also bicycle toured nearly the entire length of the California coast, and the entire Oregon coast. I have seen this state inside and out, and we have amazing wonders right here in our "backyard."
The issue with being inactive regarding our natural resources and wilderness, is that once they are destroyed, there is generally no hope for recovery. Mining practices that slash the tops off of mountains, clear-cut forests, and drill into scenic areas destroy the landscape forever. As humans we tend to view the world as vast, but our exploitation is quickly shrinking our world. We must protect what we have before it is gone.