Combating Climate Change & Renewable Energy
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 cite 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, cap & trade system or a hybrid of both.
With such overwhelming proof of climate change, we must wean ourselves off fossil fuels now!
I signed the pledge to support HR 3671 (which lays out a path to transition away from fossil fuels, to 100% clean energy, by 2035), when elected, because I absolutely believe that climate change is real, that it is man-made and my biggest fear is that we are already too late to keep the global temperature rise under two degrees Celsius. Climate change will adversely affect agriculture, our forests and low lying coastal cities. We no longer have the luxury of dithering and procrastinating on dealing with climate change. We must act immediately and aggressively to get off fossil fuels and HR 3671 lays out a clear and viable way to do that.
Jordan Cove Pipeline & Our Environment
I do not support projects such as the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline or the Dakota Access pipeline because they are doubling down on fossil fuel production and use. I also oppose them because they allow private companies to use eminent domain to construct their projects. We cannot let the promise of a few jobs cause us to make decisions that will adversely affect our children and grandchildren.
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.