I believe that we have a responsibility to create a cleaner, more sustainable community. I will fight for more stringent standards to prevent pollution and ensure complete cleanups. I will also push to align transportation, energy, and economic development funding with sustainability goals because I believe that Michigan can lead in green innovation and create jobs transitioning our energy and infrastructure while doing our part to fight climate change. We've seen in in places like Flint and Detroit how a reckless attitude toward the environment can be disastrous for our most disadvantaged communities, and we need to implement just policies for permitting to both protect our environment and ensure that people of color are not facing the brunt of the consequences of climate change.
In county government and as a State Representative, I have been an outspoken leader on environmental protection. From preventing irresponsible oil and gas development to promoting community solar and improved net metering, I will do everything I can to protect the Great Lakes, prevent pollution, and promote clean energy. I was the first house member to propose legislation to shut down "Line 5," and will continue to advocate for stopping use of this dangerous pipeline. I won awards for leadership from the Sierra Club, Clean Water Action, and the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association for this work, and I will continue protecting clean air and clean water in the State Senate by:
- Promoting clean energy development
- Holding polluters accountable
- Standing up for public access and public land
- Implementing environmental justice policies for permitting to stop the disproportionate effects of climate change on communities of color