Climate Change, Clean Energy & Beauty

I believe in science. I believe the 97 percent of scientists who maintain climate change is real. And because I believe they are telling the truth, I am morally obligated to try to do something about it. We all are.

We need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels to begin to slow down and reverse dangerous climate trends. We can do that by promoting clean energy – solar, hydro, geothermal, wind and tides. I support the OFF Act, which sets a deadline of 2035 for having our country off of fossil fuels.

Shifting to clean, renewable energy 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 maintain our treasured way of life.

Many of us live here and millions of tourists visit each year.  And still many more are retiring here because of the unique mountain environment which boosts our construction industry. All of that depends on maintaining our environment.

So I will fight against efforts backed 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.

After all, our tourism industry will only be as strong as our mountains are beautiful and our streams are clean.

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