Climate Change, Clean Energy & Beauty

I support efforts to combat climate change and to protect the unique western North Carolina natural heritage.

More than 97% of climate scientists maintain that climate change is real.  Moreover, climate change negatively affects our economy, our security and our health.

Changes must be made that slow down, stop, and reverse dangerous climate trends. We must begin now to reduce the use of fossil fuels. We must mitigate and recover from the effects we already see. How? By supporting and promoting clean energy—solar, hydro, geothermal, wind, tides. We must cease funding “clean coal” and increase funding for cutting-edge, 21st century renewable energy solutions.

Shifting to clean, renewable energy sources translates into better jobs and higher wages for WNC. North Carolina already produces more solar power than any state except California.   But the western counties have been left behind because of a lack of support from the current Congressman. By focusing on renewable energy, we can fight climate change and improve the economic lives of people who live here.

Many of us live here and millions of tourists visit here each year, with some building second homes, because of the unique mountain environment. I will fight against efforts—like the one supported by the current representative—to reclassify “Wild and Scenic” designations to allow logging of pristine forests. Unrestrained logging destroys mountainsides and leads to polluted streams and the extinction of fish and plants.

Saving our beautiful mountains, protecting the awesome views, and preventing the extinction of plants and animals is an economic imperative. Tourism—on which this district heavily relies—will only be as strong as our mountains are beautiful and our streams are clean.

I will stand up to corporations who would frack our mountains, log our forests and imperil our wildlife, all in the name of a quick profit for a selfish few.

If  my vision reflects your vision, won’t you please volunteer for or contribute to our campaign?  Working together, our vision can become reality.