Protecting Our Planet
We cannot keep ignoring the critical challenges facing Texas, our country, and our planet. Encouraging the expansion of renewable energy is vital for protecting our world, strengthening our national security, and boosting the economy.
It is long past the time to enact an energy policy that strengthens our economy and protects our health and the environment. Texas, in particular, is well positioned to reap the benefits of the clean energy economy. Solar resource potential in Texas is among the highest in the nation and Texas already ranks first for installed wind capacity. Unfortunately, seniors, children, and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma are at risk because of the polluters’ irresponsible efforts to avoid shifts to solar and wind power.
Unfortunately, some in Congress are turning a necessary policy debate into just one more forum in which to attack clean energy initiatives. As an active member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and a supporter of renewable energy tax credits, I agree with Pope Francis that we cannot continue to ignore the most critical environmental challenges we must address. I will continue working toward an energy policy that makes the best use of taxpayer dollars to vigorously promote clean, renewable energy. With my support, Congress has already expanded tax incentives for renewable power and provided resources to help finance renewable energy facilities.
Climate Change and the Environment
As an active member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and the Safe Climate Caucus, I strongly oppose President Trump’s disastrous choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He abandons American families to the growing harm of climate change and surrenders leadership on renewable energy to foreign competitors, like China and Germany. And beyond these climate dangers, other countries are seeing that they cannot rely upon the U.S. any more than we can rely upon the latest Trump tweet. At one time, conservation was a conservative value, but repeated Republican denial of science means more disease, flooding, and extreme weather—more expensive disasters, lost lives and livelihoods.
We need to accelerate action on climate change, not obstruct it. While the world’s temperature rises, so do the costs to our communities and the environment. As the recipient of the Texas League of Conservation Voters' inaugural Environmental Champion Award and with a lifetime score of 100% from the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, I strongly support efforts to promote alternative energy and protect our National Parks.
I have spoken out against Republican attempts to dismantle law enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to silence environmental scientists and researchers. In the face of President Trump’s “alternative facts” and his proposed budget, which would slash the EPA’s budget by 31 percent, I am working to halt this march backward.