Combating Climate Change
In order to mitigate climate change and help the environment I would subsidize and encourage:
- renewable energy production and research. Two local examples of what I would like to see are OIT’s energy self-reliant campus and Lakeview’s use of solar and geothermal power; and
- the purchase of electric/high mpg (i.e. >55 mpg) motor vehicles.
- a carbon tax.
With such overwhelming proof of climate change, we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels now!
Jordan Cove Pipeline & Our Environment
I do not support projects such as the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline and the Dakota Access pipeline. These projects would damage water supplies and harm the environment. The Jordan Cove project is one close to our hearts in Southern Oregon. We cannot let the promise of a few jobs allow us to make unsustainable decisions. I stand with our local people and groups who oppose the development of this project.
On to water rights and quality, these are some of the big environmental concerns we face today especially as Oregonians. In the Pacific Northwest, scientists believe that we will experience more extremes in weather conditions and climate over time. This will change our relationship with water here, and requires that we be mindful. We should be working to maintain and improve the quality of our water for future generations to enjoy and use. The legislation I will support in Congress will reflect these ideals, working to find a compromise that works for all of District 2.
This entails supporting the Clean Water & Air Acts and strengthening incentives that encourage the preservation of our clean environment. Part of that is moving to an economy not reliant on fossil fuels, you can read more about my plan here.
I am against fracking, as it is not a sustainable way to fuel economic growth, and poses serious threats to our environment. We stand to severely damage our environment if water resources are not prioritized. The intersection of these issues lies with indigenous tribes. We need to have meaningful, productive dialogue and cooperation with the governments of these tribes to develop the best environmental plans possible.