Our planet is in trouble. This is not just my opinion. The scientific evidence is clear, compelling, and irrefutable. The Trump administration has gutted the EPA at the federal level and protection of the environment has fallen onto the shoulders of state legislators. Sadly, the Republicans in Harrisburg refuse to curb greenhouse gas emissions, protect our drinking water, or provide the proper oversight of polluters and hazardous infrastructure. They have chosen short term political interests over long term environmental realities.
During my years at MIT, I was fortunate to study, learn, and create alongside some of the brightest people I have ever met. I am certain that we have the ability to solve the world’s most pressing problems through a dedicated approach to research and development. It will be our investments in our students today that will bring tomorrow’s climate innovators. However, we must act now to halt our disastrous trajectory and give our children and grandchildren the environment they need.
My platform is centered on three core goals:
1. Empower our Local Leaders
As your State Representative, I will do all that I can to empower our local organizers and elected officials in advancing sustainable practices including fighting for grants and infrastructure financing programs. I will ensure Harrisburg encourages instead of impedes homeowners, civic organizations and local governments that choose to act.
2. Strengthen State Oversight
It is time for the state legislature to stand up for our right to clean air and water. I will join the Climate Caucus and fight to restore the capacity of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection, making sure that we have the inspectors and watchdogs that we need. I will vote to increase fines and penalties on polluters that will not only deter future action, but cover the costs needed to repair the harm done. Where remediation processes have not been identified or proven, I will not hesitate to call for a moratorium on industry practices that are meaningfully detrimental to our air, water or soil.
3. Lead the Nation, Heal the World
We need investment in new technology, green businesses, research and the education of tomorrow’s environmental scientists. Such an investment could not only place Pennsylvania in the forefront of our national effort, but it would generate lasting economic benefit. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we must provide the care and justice needed by those that are negatively impacted by our environmental decisions. Our changing climate will cause or exacerbate health outcomes, negatively impact the quality and access to food, and, if left unchecked, generate millions of refugees forced to flee their homes in small towns and major cities here in America and around the globe.
Too many politicians seem to be in the pockets of companies that seek to exploit our natural resources like coal, gas, oil and timber. We consume and refine these natural resources to make our lives simpler in the short term, but our environment has paid the cost. Now we need to focus on our required resources, the air we breath, the water we drink, and the soil where our children play and where we grow our food. When I get to Harrisburg, I will be a champion for those required resources.
In Harrisburg I will pursue a platform that will:
Empower Local Efforts
Strengthen State Oversight
Lead the Nation, Heal the World