Environment and Energy
The renewable energy sector has expanded steadily over the past decade and is now crucial to how we power our country. However, countries all over the world have begun to invest in renewable energy technology. With foreign competition growing and climate change threatening our environment, it is more important than ever that the United States begin to heavily invest in renewable energy like wind, solar, and other sources to remain a global leader.
Similarly, our natural resources are precious and must be safeguarded. We have a responsibility to take bold action to address the warming climate and must consider the impacts of all policies on nature and wildlife, as well as the input of the American people.
Too often, minority communities have borne the brunt of irresponsible environmental policies while also being inappropriately excluded from decision making. I believe in energy and environment policy that benefits all communities and preserves public lands for public uses. We must work together to promote research and development in clean energy, bolster nascent green energy technologies, protect wild public lands, and keep our environment healthy in perpetuity. I was proud to sponsor the Department of Defense Climate Resiliency and Readiness Act to ensure that one of the largest producers of greenhouse gasses priotizes necessary developments in renewable technologies, builds on the success of NetZero pilots, and makes judicious use of taxpayer dollars. I also introduced the Targeting Environmental and Climate Recklessness Act (TECRA), to modernize the use of sanctions, a key foreign policy tool, to meet one of our most pressing global challenges: climate change.