Protecting Our Environment and Combatting Global Warming
We must do everything in our power to protect our environment, hold polluters accountable, and ensure children and families – regardless of zip code – can breathe clean air and drink clean water.
I will be an advocate in the State Senate for renewable energy and press for further action to address climate change. Our state has set important goals to slow the spread of climate change and we must take action to expand renewable energy, reduce consumption and meet our critical carbon emission reduction goals by the current deadline – or earlier. There are many different types of clean energy that will need further development to help achieve our carbon emission reduction goals. California has always been at the forefront of innovation. I believe that we can rise to the challenge and fund the creation of new green technologies will create jobs and help protect our planet.
I will fight for environmental justice in the State Senate. Many communities in our state are suffering the consequences of pollution. Childhood asthma has affected millions, and this growing public health challenge is a direct result of pollution and environmental degradation.
I will also champion legislation that protects our environment by preserving open space for future generations – just like I did when I worked for the county to help protect the beautiful and fragile Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. We live in one of the most beautiful regions of the world and we must safeguard open spaces and ensure that everyone has the ability to enjoy the natural beauty of our state.
I support an oil severance tax. I have formally pledged NOT to take money from Big Oil. I will also stand up to stop new fracking in our state. I have stood up to Big Oil before and I will do it again as State Senator.
- As Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, I worked to hold oil companies accountable in the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. I have seen the impact of a large-scale environmental crises firsthand.
- When I was Santa Clara County Counsel, I required the county to do all Environmental Impact Reviews, rather than a medley of outside groups stepping in. This meant less litigation and a better process for our community.