We are on the precipice of greatness. We live in an exciting time where innovations are being made every day in clean energy. The United States has the resources, ingenuity and need to be the world’s leaders in the clean energy revolution. Other nations have already begun making the switch from fossil fuels and coal to clean energy. Scotland leads the world in regards to wind energy. They’ve been able to generate enough power for 136% of homes. To some, the prospect of a country that runs on clean energy seems like a Utopian fantasy. This is not the case. It is not only possible, but the future of the U.S economy and the health of our planet depends on it.
According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, the 5 largest oil corporations have made more than $1,000,000,000,000 in profits during the past decade. According to the Center for American Progress, the 5 largest oil corporations posted more than $89,700,000,000 in profits in 2014 alone. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the oil and gas, coal, utility, and other natural resource extraction industries spent more than $1,800,000,000 on lobbying during the period of 2010 to 2014, which was an effective investment in protecting their extraordinary tax loopholes and subsidies; and it is not in the national interest for everyday Americans.
I support investments in historic coal communities and divestment in coal companies. Through infrastructure spending and investments in clean energy, we can turn dangerous and unhealthy coal jobs into safe, high paying, benefited and sustainable careers.
I support expanding the Wind For Schools program to all 50 states and prioritizing rural and Native American communities.
I support diverting funds going to fossil fuel and coal subsidies and invest that money into the new renewable, clean energy market.
I support subsidizing small, independent family farms and farms practicing sustainable, organic agriculture.
I support a ban on fracking.
I oppose off-shore drilling, as well as the construction of new pipelines, where they endanger the environment and drinking water.
We need to invest in clean, green and renewable energy with the goal of having a country that runs entirely on clean and renewable energy sources by 2030. Until then, we must incrementally improve automobile fuel efficiency to 50 miles per gallon by 2023.
The future of the U.S economy is in clean energy. Let’s work together to create a safe, healthy and prosperous future.