Protecting Our Environment and Transitioning to Clean Energy

Climate change is one of the biggest threats faced by humanity, and we need to do far more to stop it. That’s why I support a Green New Deal. We need to transition to an entirely clean energy economy by 2030, starting with the most polluting sources of energy first. We need to make dramatic investments in clean energy – and in doing so, make sure clean energy jobs pay well and are good union jobs. And we must repair and upgrade our existing energy infrastructure to reduce pollution, save families money, and remain competitive in a 21st-century global economy.

Congress must also maintain, establish, and fully enforce environmental regulations that protect our ecosystems, natural resources, and public health. Many of these laws control exposure to pollutants that disproportionately impact low-income individuals, families, and communities of color. We need to do far more for communities most impacted by the effects of climate change right now, which are often the communities that are most vulnerable for other reasons too.

I will hold corporate polluters that are poisoning our kids and communities accountable and fight against offshore drilling. I have proudly signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and won’t accept a dime from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or corporate PACs.

And I will fight for the federal government to uphold our commitments to the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Working in the Obama Administration, I saw the value and urgency of the Paris Climate Agreement and will push to re-enter it. We need to protect our environment and address climate change with the urgency it deserves.