I believe we have a strong responsibility to be good stewards of the environment. When we fail to properly care for the environment and allow people and industries to exploit it, we endanger countless species and their ecosystems; risk triggering local and regional economic catastrophes; and leave our children and grandchildren a dirty and damaged Earth, while jeopardizing their health. - From the Kalamazoo River to the Gulf of Mexico, we've seen what corporate negligence can produce. In northeast and southwest Detroit, air contamination has led to a striking number of asthma patients. Construction in Detroit's KrainzWoods neighborhood resulted in lead poisoning for many residents and their children. Instances of cancer and other deadly diseases are much more common in high pollution areas. - I believe in reasonable regulations that protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the ground we live on. I believe we have a responsibility to encourage industries to adopt cleaner technologies and production methods. I realize that changes cannot take effect overnight, but I reject the notion that our industries are incapable of adjusting to environmental realities and our long-term wellbeing.