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I am proposing a complete transition from coal and natural gas to renewables—and I don’t mean your streaming subscriptions. I’m talking clean sources of energy like solar, wind and geothermal.
Renewable energy employed 10.3 million people around the world in 2017. For a nice comparison, that’s like the entire state of North Carolina. And just like my smoked-fish obsession, the clean energy industry is growing every year. Wind turbine technicians make a median of $53,880, while electrical engineers in the industry can make over $80,000 annually. Happy planet, happy bank account, amirite?
Plus, these energy sources can help keep our nation safe. DIY energy means we’ll no longer rely on dirty fossil fuels or send our troops overseas to fight for oil. Suns over guns.
By encouraging businesses and cities to transition to clean energy, we can create millions of new jobs for Americans, promote national security, and help our planet keep its cool.
A Clean Bill of Health
Breathing polluted air has a serious impact on our health. It’s been linked to asthma, lung cancer—even premature death. I can go 20 minutes underwater without oxygen, and this still scares me, people!
Speaking of water, have you seen our oceans lately? They’re filled with bottle caps and balloons. It’s like every teenager in America had their birthday party in the ocean. I’ve seen more plastic bottles than bottlenose dolphins in there.
Clean air and water shouldn’t be expensive luxuries—that’s what chunky sneakers are for. But unfortunately, most environmental hazards place the biggest burden on low-income communities. Individuals living in high-poverty areas are more likely to live near a polluting facility and less likely to have health insurance. That’s bonkers.
We need policies that will protect our lungs, our atmosphere, and our water, too. That’s why I’m fighting for a healthy future for us all—and I’m no *flipper* when it comes to policy.
Our land is becoming more concrete than jungle. We need policies that will protect our forests and beautiful natural landscapes.
More efficient cars = less fuel burned = less pollution in the atmosphere = a huge step forward towards a sustainable future for us all.