We should all be on the side of clean air, clean water, and clean energy.
The nearly unmitigated exploitation of natural resources, the disregard for the pollution we put into the environment, and simple short-term thinking has us witnessing severe impacts of climate change. From raging fires and blistering droughts to flash floods and mudslides, we have to move past sustainability and towards resilience.
The planet’s ecosystem is changing, and California must rapidly lead the world towards 100% renewable energy. This must be a pragmatic discussion that looks at the numbers. This must be a conversation based on facts and figures, and details of how much energy we consume and what it is used for. At the State Level, the numbers are that of the 5th largest economy in the world.
On the Western border of Assembly District 45, we have the Santa Susana Field Laboratory where a range of chemical, toxic, and radioactive waste was dealt with improperly. There are no good solutions to this environmental hazard, but polluting corporations must be held accountable by the State. Through the course of the campaign we must bring together concerned neighbors, scientific experts, responsible parties, multiple levels of government and work towards addressing the environmental problems facing our District.
Just to the North of Assembly District 45, we have the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage facility responsible for the largest blowout of methane gas in our nation’s history. The decommissioning and permanent closure of the dangerous, unhealthy, polluting facility is doable and necessary.
We must phase out and replace the use of dangerous and dirty fossil fuels, and to that end, along with progressives across the state, we will work to ban fracking and transition California to 100% renewable energy by 2035 or sooner.
We must strive for clean air, clean water, and clean land. While California can’t solve the climate challenge alone, we must lead by example.