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Protecting the Environment & Slowing the Pace of Climate Change

Climate change endangers life on this planet.  We must address its immediate dangers and develop strong, science-based plans to limit its long-term consequences.  The Trump Administration and his Republicans allies in Congress are committed to assisting, even subsidizing, dirty fossil fuel industries.  They are dismantling the Clean Air Act and many other environmental protections that have been in place for years, allowing polluters to run free and leaving our kids and future generations to pick up the tab.  Enough is enough.

Americans get it, and overwhelmingly believe we have to do more to address climate change. That’s why Juana is offering a comprehensive plan that will help us tackle climate change head on. Climate change affects all of our communities, and we cannot wait for action.

Reducing Carbon Pollution

There are many approaches to reducing carbon emissions.  We must combine global action and international agreements with strong efforts at the national and local levels. Ending carbon pollution will require solutions from everyone.

As your Congresswoman, Juana will

  • Work to re-commit our country to the Paris Climate Accord.
  • Fight to implement the Clean Power Plan developed by the Obama administration.
  • Support the Keep It in the Ground Act to prevent drilling on national park land and in coastal waters.
  • Help develop legislation to impose a price on carbon pollution and use the funds to invest in clean energy, green infrastructure, and those who need help with their energy bills.
  • Sponsor legislation to increase fuel economy standards for autos to 65 mpg by 2025.
  • Oppose the construction of any new fossil fuel pipelines.
  • Demand increased funding for the EPA and protest any appointment of an EPA Administrator who is not committed to environmental protection.
Developing the Green Economy  

Fossil fuel lobbyists and their mouthpieces in Congress have convinced too many Americans that protecting the environment and public health comes at the cost of jobs and economic development.  We know this is not true. Clean energy jobs are now growing twelve times faster than the rest of the U.S. economy and they outnumber fossil fuel jobs 5:1.

We can lower our carbon emissions, build green energy infrastructure, and attract and advance the industries of the future by doing what America does best: innovating our way to a cleaner future.  If we invest in front end, basic Research & Development, assist the commercialization process by building partnerships between researchers, capital, and businesses, and encourage emerging energy technology companies through targeted tax credits, we can create good jobs today and tomorrow and get back on track as a global leader in the new economy.  

As your Congresswoman, Juana will

  • Bring together energy engineering scientists and students at UMass-Lowell and other outstanding universities in Massachusetts to highlight and champion emerging technologies and seek federal and private funding to bring them online.
  • Work with the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to break down market barrier challenges for alternative energy companies.
  • Create an Environmental/Green Economy Advisory Panel in the Third District to empower innovators and publicize local advances in alternative energy and highlight specific environmental problems.
  • Fight for federal funding for transit in Massachusetts to fight traffic congestion and pollution and unleash our local and regional economies.
Environmental Justice

Environmental crises affect everyone in the world, but they do not affect all equally.  As is usually the case, poor people and marginalized communities are even more adversely affected.  We have seen in Puerto Rico, for instance, how territories with less developed energy and transportation infrastructures suffer longer and more intensely from climate events. Government indifference and inaction add to the burden for those who lack political clout.  

Low-income communities are often targeted for toxic dumps, landfills, and incinerators. Inner-city residents know how air quality is affected by the lack of adequate mass transit – leaving communities with higher rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases.  

Healthy communities rest on a three-legged stool of environment, economics, and equity. Without any single leg, that stool won’t stand. We must give equity equal weight.

As your Congresswoman, Juana will

  • Fight for working-class and poor communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and climate change.
  • Locally, untreated sewage discharge into the Merrimack River threatens the health of every community that relies on the Merrimack for drinking water (Andover, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, Tewksbury).  Juana will bring together stakeholders to support more research into water quality and work with colleagues to gain funding for the necessary infrastructure improvements.
  • Insist that Congress act to provide more assistance to re-development efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  
  • Call for hearings and action on the water quality crisis in Flint and other working-class communities.
  • Force natural gas companies to disclose the chemicals that go into the ground during hydraulic fracking, i.e., close the “Haliburton Loophole.”  
  • Insist that extractive industries be held responsible for the costs associated with the pollution of our air, water and land.