Healing Our Environment
“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Of all the many important issues currently facing us, there is none so critical than what now threatens the Earth. We are living in a time of unprecedented crisis, in which Global Climate Change, pollution, deforestation, and myriad other human actions have already radically changed the ecology of our planet. Our current anti-environment/pro-fossil fuel government believes that “the economy takes priority over the environment” and that it is not “practical” to devote resources to mitigate our enormous environmental impact. This is not just ignorance in the highest degree; it is also incredibly dangerous. The economy can only be as healthy as is the Earth which sustains it. We cannot drink or breathe oil, stocks, or 401ks. If the Earth is not well, then none of us can be either.
I chose to make Environmental Justice one of my three main platform planks. This means that all people, not just the privileged and wealthy few, are entitled to live on a healthy, thriving Earth. Environmental justice also requires that our government acts with intelligence, compassion, and integrity to enforce laws and policies which will truly protect, restore, and renew the ecological systems that our human activity has now very seriously damaged.
Global Climate Change is very real and already shows early manifestation via worldwide hurricanes, wildfires, floods, droughts, and radical shifts in temperature. However, there is good news; it is not too late to lessen its impact. We have the technologies, and more are being developed every day.
The enormous use of fossil fuels is the main cause of what threatens life on Earth. I promise I will work hard to bring the use of oil, coal, and natural gas (obtained via the devastation of fracking,) to an end and to replace it with proven, cost-effective, sustainable alternative energies such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydro as well as new environmentally safe developments. The rest of the world has already turned away from fossil fuels and toward sustainable energies, leaving our country in the dinosaur dust. If America is going to become truly great, we must take a position of environmental leadership rather than a continuing blind addiction to antiquated, dangerous sources of energy.
In Congress, I will work to create effective legislation that will reverse the very serious environmental damage done to our country and the world. We have the tools we need to turn this environmental devastation around, but we have to care and we have to act, now. I pledge to you that I will do both. We have no time to waste.