With the November 4 election approaching, it is important for candidates to make clear their views on important issues. As I have knocked on the doors of voters in my district, it has become clear that environmental policy in Iowa is one of the top issues in the minds of District 65’s voters. As voters head to the polls on election day, I want everyone to know where I stand on the environment.
Since the beginning of my campaign, I have made clear my belief that challenges to clean air, clean water, and a livable climate due to climate change are some of the most fundamental challenges facing citizens of Iowa, the United States, and the world. Clean air, clean water, and a livable climate are necessary to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as we know it. Every other issue whether social or economic rests on our ability to live, breathe, and drink water on this Earth.
There are some who deny the human contribution to climate change, however 97% of scientists agree that human activities have contributed to more rapid warming of our planet . Cedar Rapidians have experienced the effects of climate change and resulting disaster in the form of an unprecedented 500-year flood, and one needs only to read the news from day-to-day to learn about disastrous weather events in other parts of the world which are intensified by a warming planet.
It is time to act.
With the right leadership, and with the right investments in the future, Iowa can set an example for the rest of the nation. Whether our ‘colors’ are Black and Gold, Cardinal and Gold, or Purple and Gold, we can show the rest of the nation what it means to be green. In so doing, we can improve the health of Iowa’s citizens, stimulate our economy and create jobs, and continue to make Iowa the best state to start a business and raise a family. The impact will not be limited to Iowa: just as the rest of the nation has followed Iowa’s lead on other issues, the rest of the nation will follow Iowa’s example of good stewardship towards our environment.
Towards this end:
I will support reduction of carbon emissions with continued support of wind energy for Iowa.
I will support reduction of carbon emissions and other pollutants with continued support for solar energy in Iowa.
I will work to strengthen Iowa’s strategy for reducing water pollution, ensuring that any solution devised has the resources needed to succeed.
I will make Iowa’s Resource Enhancement and Protection Program (REAP) a priority. REAP is a bi-partisan program which has benefitted every county in Iowa and should be appropriately funded.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to earn your vote on November 4, 2014.
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