Now, more than ever, our country needs to transition to a carbon-free, 100% renewable energy system and a fully modernized electrical grid, so that we can be 100% free of fossil fuels by 2035. Otherwise, it will be too late. We already have refugees fleeing extreme weather disasters, causing human calamities, unrest and conflict. We already have severe land erosion with rising sea levels. We already have global warming that has increased exponentially over the years and continues to worsen at a frightening pace.

Rapid, man-made climate change and global warming represent a clear and PRESENT danger to our people, to our democracy and to the world at large. This is the single biggest national security threat for our country and the single biggest threat to worldwide industrialized civilization. To top that off, the effects of warming can be self-reinforcing and hard to predict. As such, we must be even more vigilant than ever. Our country must be a leader on the actions we take locally and globally — that means avoiding a worldwide refugee crisis by waging a war for climate justice through the mobilization of our people and our government. And we can’t do that without you. 

Right now, the economy is controlled by big corporations whose profits are dependent on the continuation of climate change. Only benefiting the very few and rich at the top, this unfortunate reality comes at the huge detriment of our planet and all of its inhabitants. The effects are life-threatening, be it constant erosion of our lands, rising sea levels, and the list goes on. Yet, but even worse than doing nothing, the current administration is actively rolling back the modest protections we do have, exacerbating the issue exponentially and putting more lives at risk all around the globe. How can it when its own politicians are pocketing money from big fossil fuel companies? And this is why we need to rise and speak up.

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” — Sir Robert Swan

We Need To Get Back On Track With Our Environmental Policies

Starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where its original mission was to protect and advocate on behalf of our natural environment, we need to fundamentally reverse the current misuse of the EPA and appoint a world-class environmentalist rather than a fossil fuel or chemical company executive, as is now the case. Additionally, we need to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords while simultaneously working to expand talks and push for even more meaningful and enforceable agreements, which also aim to reduce and sequester existing carbon from the atmosphere. We need to go beyond then just holding temperature increases as close as possible to where they are now, and reverse global warming back to more long-term sustainable levels. 

That means taking our carbon that we have added to the atmosphere and putting it back into the earth from where it came, be it through reforesting, transforming our soil to farmland soil, restoring wetlands and peatlands, and increasing phytoplankton and fisheries, at the very minimum. Other measures include reducing food waste, promoting a plant-rich diet, protecting tropical forest, proper land management, regenerative agriculture, refrigerant management, encouraging the electrification of vehicles, sustainable home heating, distributed rooftop solar generation and the conversion of the power grid to zero-emissions energy sources. Even seemingly unrelated issues like educating all peoples globally and family planning are known to be an important part of the solution. And it is this type of full systems approach that we will need to reverse global warming and lead our planet towards long-term sustainability, for our generation and for future generations. Or else it will be too late. 

Energy Industry Lobbying and Political Corruption

The fact that we are continuously relying on fossil fuels – coal, oil and natural gas – is holding us back from a new, clean energy revolution that would GREATLY benefit our economy, environment and collective public health. Fossil fuel companies have polluted our air and water, damaged our health, accelerated global warming, and polluted our political system for far too long. And this must all stop, including the energy industry’s lobbying and contributions to political campaigns, both concerning the government and its elected officials; otherwise, the federal government will continue supporting the use of fossil fuels, handing out massive tax breaks and subsidies to multinational corporations that are already among the most profitable in the world.  

U.S. fossil fuel producing companies rake in hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue every year, with huge profit margins, yet the U.S. ranks the worst of all G7 countries by subsidizing fossil fuels the most — to the tune of over $26 billion a year.

Corruption, both legalized and unvarnished, makes it extremely difficult to take on the power of the energy-producing giants. And until we deal with the issue of money’s powerful influence on our political system, none of this will truly change. This is why campaign finance reform is something SO CRUCIALLY NEEDED and ESSENTIAL for a rebirth, and reshaping, of a more free, democratic and inclusive America, where human beings are more valued than short-term profits and corporate interests. Additionally, radically addressing climate change is a potential path towards a more equitable economy with increased employment and widespread financial security for all, as there is most definitely a relationship between economic stability and environmental sustainability. For these reasons, it’s important that we shift course and implement a Green New Deal – a transformation that implements structural changes to our political and financial systems, in order to help alter the trajectory of our environment. 

A Green New Deal would provide an overall strategy for how clean energy, sustainable infrastructure and transportation as well as a national green jobs program could revitalize our economy, utilizing our innovative human capacity to benefit all our people. While it doesn’t cover everything that we must undertake to reverse global warming, it is the first important step we must take in getting closer to seriously tackling this existential threat before it is "too late”.

  • I will fight for expanding investments in clean, green energy
  • I will fight to reduce CO2 emissions to net zero by 2030-2050 at the latest
  • I will fight to mirror the ambitious, but realistic efforts in the State of California, which will then send a similar message to the U.S. market and the world that we need to transition to cleaner energy as quickly as possible
  • I will fight to reinstate and expand energy and mileage efficiency investments
  • I will fight to extend federal incentives and rebates for renewable energy
  • I will fight to transition away from fossil fuel energy and halt all new fossil fuel projects
  • I will fight to restart the Clean Power Plan to protect our health and clean air, while moving away from coal — which is costly, harmful to the air we breathe as well as to the land and water, where it is mined and burned
  • I will fight to de-carbonize the electric power sector by 2040, as I believe that each state should be required to adopt a renewable portfolio standard which would start at the level of renewable electricity supplies in that state in 2020, then increase up to 100% by 2040
  • I will fight to de-carbonize buildings by 2040
  • I will fight to reduce carbon by putting a price on carbon that will help pay for the external damage done by these fuels
  • I will fight to put a ban on all fracking operations (oil and gas) while we study the best way to transition away from and phase out these hazardous, extreme extraction techniques
  • I will fight to end all new oil and gas leases in federal lands and waters 
  • I will fight to end our reliance on oil because it perpetuates our dependence on energy supplies from other countries, particularly in the Middle East; it also prevents us from utilizing renewable energy sources, which will save, potentially, trillions of dollars from being wasted on foreign wars
  • I will fight to transition away from the domestic use of nuclear energy
  • I will fight to address emissions caused by huge agribusinesses, the largest producer of the most dangerous greenhouse gasses -- methane and nitrous oxide -- which will also return farming to families and not factories
  • I will fight to ensure that each industrial corporation will have to commit to a series of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets, phasing down to 0% emissions by 2050, at the latest, or otherwise be subject to fines via income tax laws if such annual targets are not met
  • I will fight for more research and development in the long run, so that we can move to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and reverse global warming with even more full force 
  • I will fight to allow workers currently employed in the fossil fuel industries to be accepted first in new job training programs for renewable energy industries and the building renovation industry, while also working with universities, community colleges and trade schools to develop education programs to help bring in people for the new industries and jobs
  • I will fight to phase out the sales of new fossil fuel vehicles by 2035 and advocate for the removal of fossil fuel burning vehicles from our roads by 2050, with the exception for historical vehicles, schools and museums for educational purposes
  • I will fight to accelerate the production of electric vehicles, invest in charging infrastructure, and continue efforts to maximize fuel efficiency until we can move away from internal combustion engines, while championing the need for more access to electric charging stations by 2035 
  • I will fight to require electrification of all railways by 2030, both passenger and freight
  • I will fight to deploy federal transportation funds to fully empower our cities’ public mass transit systems and walkable and bikeable communities
  • I will fight to require that all new airplanes use either hydrogen or bio-fuels by 2035
  • I will fight to restore our forests and oceans while promoting sustainable agricultural and ranching practices, among other critical measures
  • I will fight to fully integrate climate preparedness into our country’s emergency preparedness, health plans, infrastructure plans and homeland security plans
  • I will fight to enact policies to create high-quality, high-wage jobs, protect the rights of workers to unionize and ensure strong labor standards, workplace health and safety, training and advancement opportunities, guaranteed wages and benefits, an anti-discrimination work environment and positive working conditions, in conjunction with a mobilization for the Green New Deal