THE ENVIRONMENT/ CLIMATE CHANGE
As a mother and a nurse, the issues of air and water quality have always been extremely important to me. The Central Valley has some of the highest asthma rates in the country, and air quality plays a key role triggering that chronic illness.
For much of my life, California has led the country when it comes to environmental protection, and we need to return to that “Golden State Standard.” That means allowing us to enact our own, more stringent environmental protections, and stopping the efforts of the Trump Administration to undermine the EPA.
The 21st century seems likely to be a real crossroads for our planet, and I take the threat of climate change very seriously. How many times do we have to hear that this was the hottest, driest, wettest year, or that hurricanes and fires have gained strength like we have never seen in history, before we will take this issue seriously?
We need environmental policies that are dictated by science, not denial, and we need to move America back to its position as a leader – not an obstructionist – on this issue.
I am pleased to see efforts like the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus in Congress and will work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try and stop the advance of climate change before it is too late for all of us.