Climate Change is Real
Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the planet today. If we fail to act, we risk destroying human civilization. Every individual, municipality, state, and the Federal Government must take action.
I will fight to make sure we live up to the promises we made in Paris in 2016. Those goals are where I will start, not where I will end. The global crisis of climate change offers the US an opportunity to once again show the rest of the world that we are a leader. We must set an example.
Great Lakes Protection
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has accomplished great things, and it must remain fully funded.
Public Land Protection
The public lands belong to the people. Any regulatory decision must bear that in mind. There is no justification for allowing corporate activities to go forward if they diminish any of the values (ecological, economic, or cultural) inherent in the pubic lands.
Protect the EPA and superfund
The EPA is responsible for protecting our environment from destruction. As such, we must stand in its defense. Congress created Superfund to clean up the toxic waste left by irresponsible industries and funded the program through excise taxes on the very chemical and petroleum industries that produced the most harmful byproducts. In the 1990s, that excise tax was allowed to expire. So now, when a polluting industry puts the health of the public at risk, it is the public (through our taxes) that pays for the clean-up. We need to return this cost to the polluting industries and end this corporate subsidy.
Endangered Species Act Protection
The Endangered Species Act is the only effective mechanism we have for protecting imperiled populations. Without the ESA, the bald eagle, the peregrine falcon, the humpback whale, Michigan's own Kirtland's warbler, and many other species would no longer exist. We simply cannot allow the continued erosion of this crucial piece of legislation.