Issue Position: The Environment

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2012

We must protect our environment -- doing so is vital to protect the health of all Americans. In Michigan, we are blessed with some of the most beautiful natural resources in America, including the Great Lakes. We need stronger -- not weaker -- regulations to ensure cleaner air and water so that future generations can enjoy the same world we live in today.

The clean energy sector can also create good-paying jobs for the 21st century economy. We need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lessen our carbon footprint, which causes climate change. Renewable energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal will help to diversify America's energy independence. Congress needs to pass comprehensive renewable energy legislation that incentivizes new clean energy sectors.