We must meet the challenge of climate change, develop a 21st century energy system nationwide, and refocus our environmental policies to recognize where there are inequities and how we can address them. I am committed to identifying opportunities in policy areas such as transportation, housing, and farming, to reduce our carbon footprint, and create healthier spaces for people to work and live. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of our environment and ensure we are passing on a healthy, sustainable planet to future generations.
The first step in tackling climate change is to reverse the harmful decision of the Trump Administration and reenter the United States into the Paris Climate Accords. We cannot address this issue without a coalition of nations that can count on us to be not only partners, but leaders. Reestablishing this partnership is a first step in developing bolder strategies going forward.
A key part of any solution to climate change is transitioning away from our reliance on fossil fuels and towards clean energy sources. Electricity accounts for approximately 28% of our carbon footprint. By creating an electrical power grid that relies on sources such as wind, solar, and nuclear, we can end our dependence on oil, natural gas, and coal. This makes off-shore drilling, fracking, and massive pipelines unnecessary—further protecting our environment from harm. Another key investment is developing the next generation of power storage technology for renewables such as solar and wind.
I will push for a carbon tax to reduce the efficiency of fossil fuel reliance across industries, and provide a mechanism to fund federal investment in green tech and energy. It is time that companies pay the full cost of their carbon footprint, and are incentivized to add to the solution.
Too often, marginalized people and communities bear the burden of pollution in their air and water, environmental degradation, and displacement. We need to do better. All policies must consider these historic inequities and not create new ones. I will support legislation that does this, and I will oppose legislation that does not.