My priority will be protecting our community from the worsening impacts of climate change. I have been a voluteer advocate for national climate policy since 2011, and I would like to bring a similar policy to our state. A carbon fee and dividend policy would put a fee on fossil fuels at the first point of sale and would return the money collected to households. The average family in this district would receive $69 a month for the first year and their costs would go up $29. Thus families would receive an extra $40 a month, while our burning of fossil fuels would go down. Within 12 years, our emissions would be reduced to to 40% below 1990 levels, which would keep us in line with the Paris agreement to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees, which would keep our flooding from getting worse and also decrease asthma rates in our children and respiratory illnesses in our elders. If I’m elected, on day one, I will be on the phone with other representatives across the state working for consensus on this legislation. I’ll also be calling on State Senators to introduce a companion bill.
I will also be working for all other climate solutions. We need to increase our Renewable Portfolio standard. New Mexico just passed legislation promising to get to net-zero carbon emissions by 2045, and we need to do the same. I would work to appropriately fund and oversee TCEQ, the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality. We need oversight to improve our air quality and keep dangerous chemicals out of our communities. Houston has a climate action plan that will be up for a vote by council after the election, and I urge you to vote for city council candidates who understand the need for climate action. I will work to support Houston’s Climate Action plan by providing money for flooding infrastructure and by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.