Even before becoming a legislator, I was a strong advocate for robust policies to protect our environment. While many think "green" policies are merely to benefit our natural resources, in reality a healthy environment benefits us, our children, our workers, our tourism industry and, subsequently, our entire economy. For several years I have sponsored legislation to help replace toxic chemicals in products we use every day with safer alternatives. Doing so would not only help us, the consumers, who use these products, but often the companies who manufacture these goods as well through reduced costs and healthier workers. In the energy sector, I have proudly supported our state's groundbreaking efforts to promote renewable and efficient energy sources, such as the Green Communities Act. I am also pushing a measure to allow our cities and towns to form their own electric utilities, which would provide consumers with better service and competitive prices. With the failures of large utility companies becoming clear through recent natural disasters, followed by prolonged outages, residents deserve a better choice for their public utilities.