Energy and Environment

Energy

EnergyWe need a forward-thinking energy policy more than ever.  California families have suffered too much from volatile and high gas prices.  The most effective way to address this problem is to reduce our consumption of oil and other fossil fuels for the economic well-being of California families, for our national security, and for the environment.  I’m leading the fight for balanced policies that keep energy bills low by responsibly producing more energy domestically, investing in energy efficiency, and bringing online new forms of clean energy resources.

We need a forward-thinking energy policy more than ever.

I have more than twenty years experience as a renewable energy expert and small businessman developing clean energy technology.  I know firsthand experience that our area can become the country’s leader in renewable energy use and production, creating good-paying jobs in the process.   I’m committed to bringing these jobs here.  In San Joaquin County, I’m working with local officials to create clean energy jobs, and I was thrilled that just this year a new company opened in Stockton, creating over 80 local jobs.

I’m the author of three bills, passed by the House of Representatives, that will help train the next generation for green jobs, increase the efficiency of our electrical grid, and invest in infrastructure for electric vehicles.  I’ve also co-authored legislation to help spur local manufacturing of these cars.

I’ll keep fighting for good energy policies that keep gas and electric bills as low as possible and create high quality jobs.  With the right mix of incentives, we can greatly reduce our consumption of fossil fuels while creating new jobs and lead the world in the fight against global warming.

Environment

California is home to some of America’s greatest treasures.  I raised three kids here, and some of my best memories are of hiking, camping, and exploring the outdoors with my children.  From Yosemite, to pristine beaches, to the San Joaquin Delta right here in our back yard, I’m committed to preserving our local environment for future generations to enjoy.

Climate change is one of the most important issues facing our country and the world.  In fact, if left unchecked, climate change will seriously harm our environment, our economy, and our way of life, threatening our ecosystem and the availability of fresh water for drinking and agriculture.

The fight against global warming is closely linked to the fight for cleaner air, which unfortunately is a particular problem in the Central Valley.  Too many children in San Joaquin County are exposed to pollutants in the air leading to respiratory problems, including high rates of asthma. That’s why I wrote legislation that will help improve air quality in the Central Valley by making the area eligible to apply for additional grants to help residents voluntarily replace or retrofit polluting engines.

We can protect open spaces and create partnerships that benefit businesses and the environment.

I believe conservation and enhancement of our natural resources can work hand in hand with policies that lead to economic growth.  We can protect open spaces and create partnerships that benefit businesses and the environment.  In fact, there is tremendous economic and job growth potential in expanding the use of renewable energy technologies and improving automobile efficiency.  I am the author of legislation, passed by the House of Representatives, which will help invest in infrastructure for electric vehicles.  I’ve also co-authored a bill to help spur local manufacturing of these cars.

We are lucky to live in a region that is so blessed with natural beauty, and I’m committed to preserving these important resources.  Our children and grandchildren should be able to enjoy open spaces, clean water, and healthy air.

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