Green New Deal & Environmental Justice

Our Priorities

✓  Pass a Green New Deal
✓  Civilian Climate Corps
✓  Shifting Away from Dirty Energy
✓  Just Transition
✓  Environmental Justice

 

Green New Deal

Congress must pass a Green New Deal in order to transform our energy system to 100% renewable energy and create 20 million thriving wage, union jobs to transition the U.S. economy from dirty energy and boost our economy. The Green New Deal must prioritize communities disproportionately affected by climate change, including under-resourced groups, communities of color, indigenous, people with disabilities, children and the elderly. 

Adapting to climate change requires us to heavily invest in infrastructure such as weatherization, high-speed rail and electrified public transportation. The Green New Deal should provide full, permanent and entitlement funding for water and sanitation infrastructure across the country, including Tribal lands and reservations. 

Civilian Climate Corps

The addition of a Civilian Climate Corps (CCC) would employ hundreds of thousands of people with living-wage jobs in conservation and climate resiliency efforts, such as forest management and green infrastructure. While the new CCC was promised by the federal government, it has yet to become a reality. We need a Civilian Climate Corps to address the existential threat of the climate crisis and facilitate lasting change. 

Shifting Away from Dirty Energy

Ensuring a habitable planet for future generations requires that we stop investing in new dirty energy projects altogether, especially on indigenous and protected lands, and shift to clean, renewable energy projects. Although the current administration vowed to take bold climate action, it recently approved 3,091 new oil drilling permits. All federal oil and gas tax subsidies should end and be diverted to subsidizing clean energy solutions. Fossil fuel companies must be held accountable for the pollution they create, and the government must divest from the fossil fuel industry. 

Just Transition

The transition to a clean energy future must empower the communities most affected by pollution and ensure that workers have unionized, thriving-wage jobs. No one should be left behind. A just transition is based on the principle that workers, communities and Indigenous Peoples have a fundamental human right to clean air, water, land, and food in their workplaces, homes, schools, and environment. 

A just transition requires a significant investment in education and job training. The costs of achieving sustainable development, a healthy economy and a clean environment should not be borne by current or future victims of environmental and economic injustices and unfair free trade policies.

Environmental Justice

Communities of color are disproportionately affected by environmental toxins produced by the fossil fuel industry. Los Angeles remains the largest urban oil field in the country; about 580,000 LA county residents live less than a quarter-mile from an active oil well, and even more live close to an abandoned oil well. Many of these oil wells sit in close proximity to Black and Latine neighborhoods. As a result, LA residents experience air, water, and soil pollution from these toxins that have detrimental, life-threatening effects on their health. It is crucial to address the harmful consequences that vulnerable communities face through supporting justice initiatives that put people over profit and guarantee all residents access to clean, water, and soil.

The Current Reality

We’re running out of time. Due to the failure of governments to curb carbon emissions, the world is experiencing record high temperatures, more extreme weather events, and an unprecedented number of climate disasters. The newly-published 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report warned of the urgent need to significantly reduce our carbon footprint in order to prevent severe climate impacts. Despite this current reality, our leaders continue to put profits of the fossil fuel industry over people and the planet.   

LA residents are highly vulnerable to extreme heat, wildfires, drought, and sea level rise due to the failure of leaders to listen to the science and take bold climate action. The lack of action on environmental issues impacts Angelenos in the following ways: 

Despite knowing these harmful consequences of climate change for decades, the dirty energy industry runs climate disinformation campaigns, lobbies to preserve tax breaks and subsidies, and pours money into political campaigns — all for the sake of maximizing profits at the expense of people and the environment. Studies have shown that failing to take the necessary climate action now will actually cost us far more than taking climate action now. 

I’m running for Congress because we need bold leadership to break free from dirty energy pushed by corporations and to heal our communities and the planet. Let’s put us first, together.

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