Proposal to Combat Climate Change
The government is morally obligated to protect the environment and create a sustainable system.
Climate policy needs to be based on science.
All climate legislation must incorporate social and environmental justice perspectives.
Housing policy is environmental policy.
We cannot exempt any large polluting industries from climate legislation.
Every level of government must take steps to combat climate change and work with other levels of government to achieve the common goal of a sustainable system.
No level of government or industry should be a free-rider on climate change.
Affected workers and industries must be made whole, given bridges to retirement, increased training opportunities, and priority hiring.
Every new infrastructure project must be compatible with our goal of net-zero carbon emissions.
Inaction on climate legislation makes the problem exponentially worse and will require more aggressive legislation down the road.
We must lower Oregon’s total vehicle miles traveled by 25%-50%.
Tangible Policy Changes
Institute a true climate plan that gets Oregon to net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030.
Increase Oregon’s renewable energy standards, so 100% of Oregon’s energy comes from renewable sources by the year 2030.
Implement a cap and invest system that links to California’s system, caps carbon emissions, and invests in renewable energy sources.
Increase the state’s investment in renewable energy, green public transportation, and electric vehicle infrastructure.
Require apartment complexes to install electric vehicle charging stations on 10% of all new parking spaces.
Create a new Oregon Forest Practices Act, with increased protections for water, air, forests, ecosystems, and human communities. This law must also require timber companies to have a Timber Harvest Plan for each logging operation.
Severely limit the use of single-use plastics.
Increase the regulations on the transportation of fossil fuels.
Require every car in the state to pass an emissions test.
Take tangible measures to mitigate wildfires. I fully support 1000 Friends of Oregon’s wildfire planning policy recommendations, which can be found here.
Protect Urban Growth Boundaries.
Ban the use of harmful pesticides, including chlorpyrifos.
Adjust zoning codes to create density in responsible ways, creating walkable neighborhoods.
Invest in the expansion of public transportation, adequately lowering vehicle traffic.
Require public transportation to operate on 100% renewable energy.
Increase protections for wildlife and natural habitats.
Maximize energy efficiency in all sectors, especially buildings and transportation.
Invest in green manufacturing technologies.