As an engineer and a scientist, I understand the grave threat that climate change poses to America and the world at large. Let’s be clear: climate change is real, and human behavior is making it worse. The adverse effects will impact not only the natural environment but also our national security and our economic vitality. I am committed to fighting for binding legislation with actionable measures to mitigate these negative impacts and stop climate change in its tracks.
In my first term in Congress, I was proud to support legislation like the Great American Outdoors Act which was signed into law in 2020. Among other things, this bill permanently funded the Land And Water Conservation Fund, which supports the protection of federal public lands and waters including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and recreation areas. Land is one of our greatest resources, and protecting it should be one of our greatest priorities.
I recently led an effort to coordinate all federal research on “forever chemicals” like PFAS, which are known to cause adverse health and environmental impacts.
We must also work aggressively with each country to combat climate change at every turn. Inaction is not an option. I offered an amendment to the Climate Action Now Act to require the President to explain how the U.S. will use diplomatic tools to help our global partners meet their own goals to combat climate change.
Science is not a partisan issue, and as our community’s Representative in Congress, I will continue to advance legislation that is based in scientific evidence and years of data in an effort to tackle one of the most pressing issues of our time.