Issue Position: Energy and Environment

Issue Position

Date: July 11, 2014

In Congress, Ted has earned top rankings from leading environmental groups, including Environment Florida and the League of Conservation Voters. Ted believes that South Florida is blessed with a unique and beautiful natural environment that we have an economic and moral obligation to protect. Our pristine beaches as well as the national treasure of the Everglades drive South Florida's economy, and protecting these assets is critical to our long-term prosperity and public health.

Ted believes that opening up Florida's coastlines to oil drilling is not in our immediate or long-term interest. He supports limiting the carbon pollution that is responsible for warming our planet and threatening Florida's future. He has voted to end giveaways to dirty energy companies and instead invest in renewable, clean, and affordable alternatives.

As a global economic and political power, Ted strongly believes the United States has a responsibility to provide real leadership on the issue of climate change. If we are truly committed to passing a healthier environment on to our children, then we must treat the challenge posed by global warming as a threat to our national security.

Ted also understands that transitioning our economy away from fossil fuels will also create new opportunity here in South Florida. Florida has the third greatest solar energy potential in the country, and the promise of the Sunshine State should be realized. Scientists and researchers are Florida Atlantic University pioneering ocean wave based systems that deserve federal support. Ted believes that businesses and consumers throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties are poised to gain in a green energy revolution that promotes our national security, advances public health, and safeguards our environment.