We are responsible for doing all in our power to protect our planet for the generations to follow. Carbon pricing, or Cap and Trade, holds polluters responsible. The average American must pay a fee to disposal companies to remove their waste. Why not businesses? Why are businesses exempt from contributing to the care of the planet when they are responsible for helping to pollute it? Droughts, floods, and other extreme weather; loss of agricultural livelihoods; and a lack of fresh drinking water sources are all part of the outcome of putting financial interests ahead of the health and safety of our planet, and ultimately ahead of our citizens.
America should be leading the fight against climate change. Richard Nixon, a Republican, founded the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, and it paved the way for other countries to pass crucial environmental protection laws. 97% of climate scientists and our own military leaders agree that climate change is happening right now. This must be dealt with by establishing real programs that protect the environment, by increasing clean energy production, and by guaranteeing we are leaving the planet better than we found it for future generations and their right to drink clean water and to breathe clean air.
Clean energy creates jobs. There are currently almost half a million jobs in the related clean energy sector with half of those jobs in Southern California. Clean energy provides long term, environmentally-friendly solutions to our environmental challenges. We must renew our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and to policies that protect our environment for generations to come.