Climate change is real threat to us, our families, and our way of life, and we must take actions now to protect our environment.
My opponent, however, has voted AGAINST:
Limiting greenhouse gas pollution (Amendment HB 1144),
Funding for oil spill protection (Amendment SB 6269),
Protecting water flows for fish, farms, and people (EESB 6091),
Protecting rural economies, supporting jobs, and conserving habitats (HB 2285),
and Ensuring consumers can purchase energy and water efficiency appliances (HB 2327).
I'm committed to partnering with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support and introduce legislation that protects our natural resources, creates a robust clean energy economy, and encourages careers in renewable energy.
Right now, Washington state is in an unique position to develop a strong clean energy economy that provides workers with living-wage jobs: it has a robust university system that includes top-tier research institutions, it has strong manufacturing and technology industries, and it has a great community and technical college system that can train workers.
I support incentives that encourage the use of green technology, such as the sales tax exemption for electric vehicles and the installation of home solar panels. I will work with my colleagues to encourage the growth of the renewable energy sector. We should also reward businesses that meet or exceed environmental standards and those that make significant efforts towards sustainable operations.