Climate change is already resulting in intense and unpredictable natural disasters, changes in the health of our food crops, drought and water problems, and more. Severe weather due to climate change is disrupting global supply chains and putting Michigan companies and the state’s economy at risk – in the last five years, the state has experienced 11 climate- or weather-related disasters that each topped $1 billion in damages affecting farmers, manufacturers and other businesses across the state. We must take urgent and bold action to address the climate crisis and invest in sustainable infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century.
A lot of people try to use scare tactics about the Green New Deal. Here is what I am for:
- Windmills, solar panels, and other new technologies for good-paying manufacturing jobs here in Michigan. If we don’t build them here, we’ll be buying these things from China.
- The potentially tens of thousands of U.S. jobs to be had in climate resilience — that is, bracing for the impacts of climate change that are already upon us. But this infrastructure work needs to start now, as the costs for it, and the potential damage if it is ignored, gets more expensive the longer we wait.
- The opportunity this legislation provides to support rural economies with jobs that can’t be outsourced or offshored, while adapting to climate change by funding agricultural conservation programs, clean electrification, and expanding broadband.
Climate change is already resulting in more intense and unpredictable natural disasters, changes in the health of our food crops, drought and water problems, and more. We must take urgent and bold action to address the climate crisis including investing in sustainable infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century with 100% clean energy sources.
The safety of our drinking water should never be in question. Yet families all across Michigan, and the country, cannot trust the water coming from their faucets because for too long the safety of our water has been taken for granted. Companies were allowed to come into our communities and pollute our water as though it is merely the cost of doing business. We must act and treat this with the seriousness that it demands and make investments in our water infrastructure to deal with pollutants in our water like those from aging infrastructure like lead pipes, and from industrial pollutants left behind from companies who irresponsibly stored and dumped hazardous waste. In Congress, I’ll fight to invest in our water infrastructure so that no family has to question if the water coming out of their faucet is safe for their families.
Throughout the country, millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers, and plains have been preserved for the public good. They’re where we go to relax, to explore, for recreation, and to find inspiration. Unfortunately, our public lands are under attack by special interest groups and their political allies in Washington who are trying to sell them off to the oil, gas, and coal industries. Our public lands should be protected and celebrated, not sold off to corporate special interests. In Congress, I’ll fight to protect our public lands and our Great Lakes for future generations to enjoy.