Environment, Energy and Economy – It’s All Connected
We are in the midst of the biggest challenge in human history: climate change. If we do not stop using and burning fossil fuels, our very survival is threatened. Many want to ignore the increasing climate threats and continue with business as usual. This mindset comes at an untenable cost: the destruction of our environment, our economy, and our way of life as we know it. Is this what we want to leave for future generations?
But combating climate change is not simply a Herculean fight. It’s also an enormous opportunity: a chance to create millions of new jobs for those who have been left behind or left out of the workforce because of our rapidly changing world and economy. Imagine a country that invests in clean energy and technology, where a coal miner or manufacturing worker can be trained for high-quality jobs in clean energy—jobs that can’t be exported.
We can do this—and create prosperity for our citizens in the process. We can transform our energy and economy to 100% renewables. We can form a bold economic vision that will both transform our energy system and technology and put money back in the pockets of hard-working Americans.
Decisive action now will directly address problems in our national security, healthcare, economic equality, infrastructure, and economy. Decisive action now will prevent irreversible damage in the future.
We have no more time to spare. The time for a comprehensive climate plan is now. That is why I support the Green New Deal. It’s the right thing to do morally, economically and our future, and our children’s future depends on it.
And by building a livable world, we will also create a just world. That is why we should raise the federal minimum wage to $15 plus annual cost of living increases.