Once-in-a-century floods every year and 100 degree days in October aren’t normal. Climate change is wreaking havoc across our country and right here in the Miami Valley. Amy’s science background frames her understanding of how human health is related to the environment in which we live, work and play.
The time for debate is over, and it’s time to act. A broken political system has protected polluters for years, refusing to hold them accountable for their messes in exchange for campaign contributions. Amy will be a fighter in Congress for action, not just words. Fines are nice and all, but Amy feels that businesses who violate clean water protections should be liable through a tax system. When companies don’t pay up, and many times when they do, the fines are nowhere near the bill on the clean-up: Tax payers are then stuck with the bill. Rather than putting a one-and-done piddly fine on violators of environmental protections, those companies should be taxed at higher rates until they can operate with the public’s health in mind, and not their profits.
Congress must do more to ensure that workers in industries impacted by the transition to renewables are protected. In Congress, Amy will sponsor legislation that actually creates new jobs in the green economy that have strong living wages, labor protections, and safe working conditions. And Amy believes we must use the tax code to incentivize creating those jobs in places that have been hit hard from the decline of manufacturing jobs, like the Miami Valley.