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Indiana, along with the rest of the country must invest more time and research into transitioning to cleaner energy. My personal conviction is that from the beginning of time our purpose has been to care for the earth (Genesis 2:15). Does it really matter if there's proof of global warming or not if we explore this idea? Although the evidence is there, we don’t necessarily need it to convince us to care for what we know is our only home in the universe. 

On clean energy and the environment, my opponent, Senator Todd Young is no friend. Years ago he promised he would vote against any type of global warming legislation when he voted for the Energy Tax Prevention Act (2011). The act prevented the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases that would have addressed climate change. Like his friends, Mr. Young needs evidence of climate change in order to do something about it. Real leaders don’t wait until they see danger on the horizon, but plan ahead and employ techniques of prevention. I believe our time for using fossil fuels is coming to an end and rather than be abruptly surprised by utter depletion, we need to plan ahead to ensure future generations can be comfortable and current energy suppliers are ready for the future. Now, I’m ready to proceed with introducing and supporting legislation that moves this country in the green direction no matter what because it’s just common sense. 

The decision of the administration (in 2017) to pull the U.S. from its participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement was disappointing. While the agreement wasn’t perfect it still represented a step in the right direction for most of the world. As a legislator, I will support the Paris Agreement and any other form of legislation that mirrors its purpose and goals because we cannot afford to continue looking away from the effects of pollution. Each country must be responsible and do their part. In 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that Indiana had released more toxic chemicals and pollution into the environment than 44 other states. Anyone who believes this has no impact on their health isn’t thinking at all. The city of Gary had the most released toxins in the entire state. This is a great tragedy because Gary is also predominantly African-American, low-income, and has a growing number of senior citizens in it. To ensure this does not continue happening we must elect wise and competent leaders; ones who pay attention and take action when necessary to protect vulnerable populations. 

While I would like to think we, as humans have advanced since the discovery of fire, I am disappointed to see that we still haven’t quite completely moved on from using dead dinosaurs as fuel. I’m equally disappointed that we find moving on from it difficult. I believe we could be much further than we are now in the transition to cleaner energy, but our progress continues to be stunted by a few world leaders in great supply of these old and dangerous forms of energy. This is why as a future member of the U.S. Senate I plan to work on the following: 

  • Forming a new task force of energy experts and energy providers/suppliers from all over the world for the purpose of discovering how we can best move forward together toward using cleaner forms of energy for the good of all humanity over time (also for the purposes of moving away from fracking); in a way that doesn’t isolate suppliers but includes them and their many workers in the process. Workers should not be forced to leave their fossil fuel industry jobs, but given the opportunity to transition with the employers 

  • Forming legislation that helps significantly reduce human waste and addresses sewage treatment and toxic waste dump, exploring new waste technologies and expanding domestic recycling systems. Ex. Work with companies to create more biodegradable and earth-friendly materials (to replace plastic bags and other materials that pollute our land and water). 

  • Creating and supporting any legislation that invests in the economic transition to zero emission vehicles, clean and renewable energy, and green products; and expanding refundable tax credits for installing energy efficiency upgrades   

  • Supporting any international legislation (such as the Paris Agreement) which encourages countries to be on one accord when it comes to preventing air and water pollution, reducing carbon emissions, etc. 

  • Creating and co-sponsoring legislation that helps prevent global warming and reduces carbon emissions generally  

  • Creating and co-sponsoring legislation that provides funding to update our power grid 

  • Creating legislation that uses a combination of economic incentives and penalizations for carbon emissions; the cost of pollution should not be shifted away from polluters onto society


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