California is home to some of America’s greatest treasures. I raised three kids here, and some of my best memories are of hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with my children. From Yosemite, to pristine beaches, to the San Joaquin Delta right here in our back yard, I’m committed to preserving our local environment for future generations to enjoy.
Climate change is one of the most important issues facing our country. In fact, if left unchecked, climate change will seriously harm our environment, our economy, and our way of life, threatening our ecosystem and the availability of fresh water for drinking and agriculture.
The fight against global warming is closely linked to the fight for cleaner air, which unfortunately is a particular problem in the Central Valley. Too many children in San Joaquin County are exposed to pollutants in the air leading to respiratory problems, including high rates of asthma. That’s why I wrote legislation that will help improve air quality in the Central Valley by making the area eligible to apply for additional grants to help residents voluntarily replace or retrofit polluting engines.
I believe conservation and enhancement of our natural resources can work hand in hand with policies that lead to economic growth. We can protect open spaces and create partnerships that benefit businesses and the environment. In fact, there is tremendous economic and job growth potential in expanding the use of renewable energy technologies and improving automobile efficiency. I am the author of legislation, passed by the House of Representatives, which will help invest in infrastructure for electric vehicles. I’ve also co-authored a bill to help spur local manufacturing of these cars
We are lucky to live in a region that is so blessed with natural beauty, and I’m committed to preserving these important resources. Our children and grandchildren should be able to enjoy open spaces, clean water, and healthy air.