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Issue Position: Environment

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We all value clean air and water, toxic free products, open space, and great urban areas.. I care deeply about making the Puget Sound region a great place to live, and that means protecting human and environmental health. In spite of the progress we've made, there are great challenges ahead and I will fight persistent attacks on our state's environmental protections. We need a comprehensive approach that focuses on economic transformation, smart land use and transportation policies, and clean energy investments. As a legislator, I would champion environmental protection, with the following priorities:

A low-carbon future is a great future. We can enhance our communities, our environment and our economy by aggressively moving away from a carbon-based economy. We need a much more robust effort to focus on efficiencies that reduce energy use and save money both in the short and long term. That's why I support incentives to retrofit existing buildings and encourage consumer purchases of efficient appliances and "smart" home energy products, and policies that encourage production and use of renewable energy, especially wind and solar power.

We need to work aggressively to be on the forefront of the clean energy economy -- educating our kids, training our workers, and creating a business climate that fosters creativity and innovation. I support funding for K-12 education, worker training and business incentives to build and expand on the work we've done to make that transformation from a carbon-based economy to a clean energy economy.

Cleaning up Puget Sound. I support a dedicated funding source for Puget Sound clean up and I would champion policy solutions based on polluter-pays principles. Specifically, I would focus on:

*Reducing Pollution. I support tax policies and incentives that reduce point-source pollution, run-off from transportation infrastructure, and adverse impacts from development.
*Improving quality of life. I plan to focus my efforts on the nexus between transportation investments, land use planning, and the environmental quality of Puget Sound.
*Environmental protection. I will work to protect existing habitat and open space by focusing development in urban centers and making transportation investments that support urban density. This includes upgrading our stormwater infrastructure through increased funding as part of statewide and regional transportation funding package, and holding the line on additional exceptions from Shoreline Management regulations for transportation mega-projects.


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