Throughout my career, I've advocated strong protections for our environment. Whether it is fighting for clean air and water regulations, pushing for green energy innovation, protecting our wildlife and natural resources, or addressing the threat of climate change, fighting for our environment has been one of my top priorities.
I am a member of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), whose mission is to advance policies that promote renewable energy and green collar jobs, protect our nation’s natural environment, and address global climate change. In 2017, I introduced the Safer Pipelines Act to increase accountability for pipeline projects. This bill would amend and improve the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission review process for new pipeline projects and require a 5-year environmental monitoring process for all constructed projects. This bill is especially important for the citizens of New Jersey in the face of the proposed PennEast Pipeline. We must understand the full environmental impact before any pipeline is constructed.
Climate change is a crisis that affects everyone. For this reason I have co-sponsored the Green New Deal. It is crucial that the United States demonstrates to the international community that many Americans still support the Paris Climate Agreement even though our President may not. We must reaffirm our commitment to the agreement and our effort to combat climate change. While this bill is important, we must work on additional legislation that will protect our environment and our communities. You can listen to me discuss my thoughts on it here. We must act now to ensure the health of our families and communities, so I will continue to fight for legislation that addresses and combats climate change.
I have also co-sponsored a number of other environmental bills, including: Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018, which would create a carbon cap and trade program to cut emissions, and the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act, a bill to reinstate our national parks’ policy of going free from bottled water. The League of Conservation Voters has given me a 96% lifetime rating.
Protecting the environment is in the best interests of New Jersey. Climate change will have a devastating impact on the residents of New Jersey and the numerous vital industries that make our state so important to the nation. Steps must be taken to protect our state’s ecosystems and ensure a clean and safe environment for future generations.