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The Movement for the Future: Pramila's Climate Action Plan

Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges of our times. Protecting our environment is essential for our future generations.  It is also integral to fighting poverty, to women’s and children’s health, to growing our economy, and to addressing worldwide migration.  Addressing climate change will impact all aspects of our lives, our community, and our progressive movement. Any further delay will result in dire consequences for our planet.

For too long, progress on climate change has been blocked by the largest fossil fuel companies and climate deniers.  To take on those interests that profit from carbon emissions, we must build a stronger and more diverse movement that has the power to move public policy forward.  Our movement also must recognize that people of low-income and communities of color are more adversely impacted by climate change than anyone else. Any movement that is powerful enough to take on the special interests must bring together all of our communities—communities of color, our First Nations people, labor, business and environmentalists—and ensure that those who are most disproportionately affected are at the table. Labor plays an important role in this transition; we need to make serious investments in retraining workers for new positions in a clean energy economy.

I have a bold plan to tackle climate change, build a clean energy economy and stand for climate justice.  I believe we can have a just transition to 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. Washington State’s innovative businesses can help us build a clean tech economy that puts thousands of people to work producing the power we need.  I believe our Washington can lead the way for the other Washington to move.

I am ready to safeguard our planet for the next generation by building a strong, inclusive movement with all voices at the table.

POLICY GOALS - 50% Renewable Energy by 2030

100% Renewable Energy by 2050

 

Clean Our Energy Sources

  • Keep fossil fuels in the ground by stopping investments in and subsidizing of nonrenewable fuel types like coal, natural gas, and oil, and banning practices like fracking that damage the earth and hurt communities

  • Discontinue any new leasing of federal land for coal, oil, gas, and tar sands

  • Shift from energy sources in the ground towards renewable energy sources that harness the power of sun, water, and wind

  • Create incentives so that forests are protected and/or grown older to better-sequester carbon

 

Hold Polluters Accountable

  • Put a price on carbon and use this revenue to invest in targeted investments that encourage additional renewable energy sources and assist the most affected communities

  • Reinstate penalties that make polluters pay to clean up contaminated sites instead of taxpayers

  • Curtail transport of fossil fuels through Washington State.

  • Investigate and hold accountable fossil fuels companies that are deliberately misleading the public on the impacts of global warming.

 

Grow our Clean Energy Economy

  • Invest in clean energy development to speed the transition from fossil fuels through innovation funds and new financing incentives

  • Invest in skills training for workers in fossil fuel industries to maintain quality jobs in a changing economy

  • Clean our electricity and electrify the grid: invest in new infrastructure such as electric vehicles, solar panels and wind turbines

    • Transitioning to a clean energy economy would create an additional 63,153 of high paying jobs in Washington State alone.

 

Encourage consumer choice and modernization

  • Encourage net-metering to promote individual participation of consumers who invest in renewable energy

  • Modernize mass transportation systems and promote investment in transit oriented communities

  • Incentivize energy efficiency measures for homes, public buildings, and businesses

 

Protect the Puget Sound

  • Increase resilience measures for shorelines, forests, and vulnerable areas

  • Protect declining salmon and orca populations

  • Pass Rep. Heck and Kilmer’s “Save Our Sound” bill, H.R. 3630, which would prevent, protect, and restore habitat, and designate a Puget Sound Recovery Office at the EPA

 

Protect Disadvantaged Communities

  • Track public health impacts to mitigate damage to communities adversely affected by climate change

  • Monitor and address disproportionate emissions impact to disadvantaged communities

  • Target investments towards communities most disproportionately burdened

  • Place a priority on bringing low and middle-income households into the conversation and in making them part of the solution

 

Demand Transparency and Real Science

  • Require businesses, insurers, and governments to include climate impact assessments in financial, investment, and insurance decisions

  • Create a cross-government task force to determine likely climate impacts and recommend practical solutions

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