Energy and the Environment

The threat of climate change is not debatable. The Trump administration and Congress are moving us in the wrong direction. We must change course now, and when we do, we can not only save our planet’s future but create whole new industries and millions of jobs.

There is now a consensus among scientists that the earth’s climate is changing dramatically, and that human behavior is the major contributor. When we deny climate change and the need for strong environmental protection, we do so at our own peril and at the expense of future generations – our own children and grandchildren.

Simultaneously, by refusing to take action to address environmental protection and climate change, we deny the economic opportunity represented by the development and deployment of clean and renewable energy. The switch to these alternative energy sources will not be immediate, but they will create countless well-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced, and represent an investment into communities both urban and agricultural that desperately need such investment to thrive.

I will support strong environmental protection measures that make sense, and I will be an outspoken advocate for investing in the type of clean and renewable energy that will benefit the agricultural community, grow the economy, create jobs and make our nation more secure by reducing our reliance on foreign oil. The economic opportunities presented by addressing the climate change crisis are real. Solar energy now employs more people than coal, oil, and gas combined. The increasing numbers of environmental tragedies that require federal intervention, like the water crisis in Flint, are opportunities for direct investment in communities, job training, and the creation of new industries.

Our current leadership is failing us and taking our environmental and energy policies in the wrong direction. If we are going to address these issues and embrace these potential economic opportunities, we must take action now, and I am ready to do so. President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord is short-sighted, hurts American businesses, and damages our standing as an international leader.

We cannot continue on our current path, or worse, reverse course and undo the advances made in protecting our environment and claim to be responsible leaders or responsible citizens. I will lead the way in increasing environmental protection measures that make sure we have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, and I will fight to increase our investment in clean and renewable energy to grow our economy, create jobs, and increase national security.