Believing in climate change is not optional. And neither is taking action. Climate change endangers our public health, our national security, our economic superiority and our environment.
Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. The debate is over, and the scientific jury is in: excess amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is responsible for the increasing global temperature. The private sector has not solved this problem, so the government must help nurture technologies that reduce the excess amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and technologies that reduce CO2 emissions.
- We have to deliver on the pledge President Obama made at the Paris climate conference—without relying on climate deniers in Congress to pass new legislation. We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% in 2025 relative to 2005 levels and put the country on a path to cut emissions more than 80 percent by 2050.
- Cut the billions of wasteful tax subsidies oil and gas companies that provide an incentive for dirty technologies to persist and prevent innovation in new clean energy.
- Launch a $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge to partner with states, cities, and rural communities to cut carbon pollution and expand clean energy, including for low-income families.
- We cannot forget that methane emissions are the third largest contributor to global warming. We must put in place strong standards for reducing methane leaks from both new and existing sources.
Globally, nearly 25 percent of all deaths and the total disease burden can be attributed to environmental factors. Environmental health is Public Health. Cuts to the EPA are harmful to our health and they will be resisted.