There is No Planet B
The debate on climate change is over. It is settled. Climate change is not some far off threat that we can worry about later. It is happening right now and already causing incredible devastation across the globe. The Pentagon lists climate change as one of the major drivers of future extremism as over a billion people are displaced from rising sea levels, droughts, dwindling resources, and extreme weather events. History will say the greatest challenge of our generation was reversing and repairing the damage human beings have done to the environment. We have the knowledge and tools to combat climate change. However, dependency on dirty energy, facilitated by the greed of the fossil fuel industry, has paralyzed our ability to be a global leader in clean, renewable energy systems. It is our responsibility to encourage the utilization and innovation of clean energy in the 21st century, and ensure that we leave a habitable ecosystem for future generations of all life on our planet.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children."
In Our Own Backyard
In our own backyard, PennEast wants to run a pipeline across thousands of acres of open space and farmland which has been preserved by American citizens. The proposed 118-mile "natural gas' pipeline begins in Pennsylvania, cuts through our own Hunterdon County, and ends in Mercer County. The process will cause irreversible damage to the waterways and wetlands that we fought hard to preserve. If the pipeline is approved, our neighbors may lose their homes, farms, and lands. If the pipeline fails and leaks, it will be you, me, and the rest of the tax payers that will be on the hook to clean up and bail out the PennEast conglomerate.
My opponent, Republican Congressman Leonard Lance sits on the House Energy Committee, has been hypocritical when it comes to protecting our environment, and consistently accepts contributions from the dirty energy industry to support their agenda. He has accepted $79,450 from the fossil fuel industry. That investment seems to be paying off. According to the League of Conservation Voters, he has a lifetime voting percentage of just 25% on pro-environment legislation. In 2014, his pro-environment score was a mere 6%!
WE cannot afford another politician who denies climate change.
First, we absolutely have to end the ability for massive, filthy energy industries and corporations to purchase our elections and elected officials. See my position on campaign finance reform here.
Together, WE will:
1. Lead the opposition against "short term gain/long term loss" dirty energy projects like the PennEast and Keystone XL pipelines.
2. Support public investment in clean energy innovation.