Read my policy overview with climate change here.
I support the Green New Deal. Climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. The science is clear: global temperatures continue to rise and the world is already experiencing more intense hurricanes, deadly heat waves, wildfires and droughts.We must take a three-sided approach to the battle against climate change:
- Mitigate: We must find ways to reduce the effects of our human activities on our environment by seeking cleaner and more efficient energy sources for our homes and businesses. As your Congressman, I will encourage government investment in renewable energy infrastructure, and promote energy-efficient manufacturing in business. My high-speed transportation vision for the Silicon Valley Megaregion will provide an eco-friendly alternative to driving that will reduce pollution and traffic congestion in the greater Bay Area.
- Restore: We must take steps to protect and revitalize green spaces in our nation. Forests and wetlands not only clean our air and water, they are the most efficient and cost-effective ways to do so. A mature tree planted on the south side of a building can reduce cooling and heating costs by 10 to 30%, as well as absorb carbon emissions and provide aesthetic beauty.
- Advance: We must promote sustainable clean energy: wind, solar, biofuels. Silicon Valley is the technology leader of the world; we can create solutions. Putting our greatest minds to work on these issues will create millions of jobs in the clean energy sector, and bolster our economy while protecting our environment.
I believe that climate change is the most urgent issue of our time. The science is clear: global temperatures continue to rise and the world is already experiencing more intense hurricanes, deadly heat waves, wildfires and droughts. We must take firm action to roll back the impact of climate change. We need to get to net-zero emissions by 2050 or even earlier. We must wean the United States from fossil fuels and invest in sustainable clean energy and biofuels. We must promote and create jobs in a clean-energy economy, and build a green-energy infrastructure. We must plant more trees and clean up hazardous waste sites. I am serious about protecting the environment and that is why I am a vegetarian practitioner with no meat or eggs in my diet. Clean air and water is a basic necessity for all living things. We owe it to our children to take care of our planet.