Protecting Our Planet
We cannot continue ignoring the critical challenges facing Texas, our country, and our planet caused by climate change. Encouraging the expansion of renewable energy is vital for protecting our world, strengthening our national security, and boosting our economy.
Enacting an energy policy that strengthens our economy and protects our health and the environment is long overdue. 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, the Trump Administration and some in Congress are turning a necessary policy debate into another 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. 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 Safe Climate Caucus, I strongly oppose President Trump’s disastrous choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He has abandoned American families to the growing harm of climate change and surrendered leadership on renewable energy to foreign competitors, like China and Germany. At one time, conservation was a conservative value, but repeated Republican denial of science means more disease, flooding, fires, and extreme weather—more expensive disasters, lost lives and livelihoods.
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 26 percent from 2017, I am working to halt this march backward.