Issue Position: Energy and Environment

Issue Position

By: Tim Ryan
By: Tim Ryan
Date: Jan. 1, 2019

Climate change is one of the greatest existential threats facing our planet, and the clock is ticking. We can't just reduce climate change -- we need to reverse it!

With the number of deadly "once-in-a-generation" storms, floods, and wildfires on the rise, we owe it to future generations to stop debating the issue of climate change and start addressing this issue head-on.

As President, that begins by rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. While Republicans are busy rejecting science and rolling back protections already put into place, every other country around the world is making real strategic investments in carbon emission reduction and clean energy technology. The United States' inaction is unacceptable. We must show greater leadership through strong, decisive action. That means committing to a future that is 100% carbon neutral and laying out a pragmatic, climate-conscious energy policy to get us there.

Clean Energy isn't just good for the environment, it's good for the economy

A national commitment to clean energy not only reduces our carbon footprint but also creates opportunities for new, good-paying jobs in communities across the country. There are 800 component parts that make up a new wind turbine, there will be almost 30 million electric vehicles estimated to be on the road by 2030, the solar industry is growing at 50 percent annually -- someone is going to build these things, and I want them all built right here in the United States.