Protecting the environment and preserving it for future generations is essential and requires careful stewardship of our precious natural resources. Environmental protection is also key to growing our vibrant 21st century economy. I have been a staunch advocate for moving America away from our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and foreign oil. We must become energy independent and make strategic investments in clean, renewable and sustainable energy right here at home and we should set a national goal to do it over the next few decades. I will continue to fight for the protection of our coastlines, open spaces and for a healthy environment for our community and for our country. I have been and will continue to be deeply involved in cleaning up chemical and radioactive contamination at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory, and the clean up of the former Halaco metal smelting operation to better protect the health and safety of our community.