Global warming is real. Ask any scientist – or even any science teacher. We can see the impact here in Eastern Tennessee with years of drought followed by flooding. For me, the imperative to act is not simply for the sake of my children – but also as a tenet of my faith, I have a responsibility to be a good steward of God’s creation. For me, mismanagement and abuse of God’s creation is not only immoral or unethical, but is also sinful. Just as the government is following business with technology, the government should give attention to concerns that have arisen about the environment so that we can live healthier lives today and so our children can live healthy lives tomorrow.
- We should all do our part. To use a quote from Calvin Coolidge during the Great Depression and that was used during WWI and WWII, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” We can all do something. Plant a tree, start recycling, or use less gas. The Greatest Generation lived this way to conserve resources for WWII, so we owe it to their great grandchildren to do the same.
- Renew America’s commitment to the International Climate Change Agreement. Around the world 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. We have to work together to find ways to decrease emissions on a global level.
- Government and private businesses should work together. Public-private solutions can create sustainable changes for our everyday lives – while also creating jobs.
- Protect Public Land. Our public land is an important part of our heritage, we must protect it for future generations.
- Decrease dependence on oil. We are too dependent on foreign oil. Instead of sending money overseas to unfriendly regimes, we must consider all options to power our country now and in the future. With old-fashioned American innovation and ingenuity, I believe that we can find new, clean solutions for the 21st century. Tennessee is already leading the way toward a safe, clean energy future – while building jobs and boosting local economies. Companies in our district like Wacker Chemie AG and Nissan have invested in solar power technology, electric automobiles, and advanced batteries. Tennessee should continue to lead the way toward a safe, clean energy future.
- Pay farmers for conservation. We can expand the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Conservation Stewardship Program, to help farmers maximize land conservation, biodiversity, productivity, and soil health.