Environmental Protection

Call me bias, but from Jamul to Temecula, CA50 has some of the most beautiful environmental landscapes the world over.

A friend of mine put it best:

"Now more than ever, it is important that we protect our natural habitats from desecration and pollution. Keeping our forests, drinking water, and skies pure is of vital importance. There is something entirely pristine about nature. When surrounded by wilderness, there is something especially pure and cleansing about the air you breathe and the sights you see."

Preserving that purity is important. This is not just because our environment is sacred, but also because pollution in our environment inevitably contaminates us and our bodies. When we drink polluted water, live near toxic sites, or inhale dirty, smog-filled air we contaminate our bodies with chemical impurities and pathogens.

Air pollution in many cities makes the once crisp, pure blue sky a foul gray. Chemical particles end up everywhere - in our food, on our skin, and inside our lungs. Dirty, polluted air enters our bodies and becomes a part of us. When we do not recycle, it leads to mountains of trash, reeking across our natural landscapes.

Billions of tons of garbage have to be put into landfills; many of which possess toxic chemicals which seep into our water supply, making even filtered water contaminated. Deforestation turns once pristine wilderness into barren, depleted fields.

We can take action now to protect our environment so that it is pure once again. Recycling, choosing to use energy efficient appliances and improving our public transportation can make a big difference. Reducing pollution can help us preserve what is pure and beautiful about the places we live. It should be everyone's goal to cleanse the environment, so our children and our children's children can experience the uncontaminated purity and value of nature.

WHat We Can Do Today

✅ Let’s make historic investments in private endeavors to transition to 100% renewable energy — that includes generating, storing, and transmitting.

✅ End fossil fuel subsidies and use part of the funds to help workers who rely on these traditional industries to transition into jobs that double their pay instead of halving their lifespan.

✅ Expedited transfer of high-level radioactive waste at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) to temporary, surface storage at Arizona's Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

✅ Promote legislation for Community Choice Energy.

✅ Repurposing of Department of Energy research from half measures like carbon capture, clean coal, hydrogen, and natural gas toward real renewables.

✅ Permanent moratorium on offshore drilling in federal waters.

Climate

We’re borrowing this world from generations yet unborn. We need to re-enter  the Paris Agreement and lead the charge on leaving a habitable and healthy world for those who follow.

✅ Adopting of a clean cap-and-trade program that eliminates the enabling of reckless practices from the fossil fuel industry.

✅ Research-based fire policy and zoning that reduces the vulnerability of communities to wildfire and reduces the skyrocketing human and financial cost of fires and firefighting in the West. Things like selective living, biochar, and other preventative and restorative measures should be explored.

Water

✅ Reform and renegotiation of water rights in the West.

✅ Full funding of the US-Mexico Border Water Infrastructure Program (BWIP) in order to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage into the Tijuana River and ultimately onto San Diego's beaches.

✅  Investment in our crumbling storm water and wastewater management system. Urban runoff is the single biggest threat to San Diego's water quality and storm water capture offers opportunities to ease the perennial scarcity of water in the region.

✅ Permanent mandatory and market-based water conservation measures to reduce our water dependence and make San Diego more drought-resilient.

 ✅ Incentives for drought-tolerant landscaping to reduce suburban water-consumption.

Smart Growth

✅ Public investment in mass transit to reduce carbon emissions, facilitate smart urban development, and provide enduring, well-paying jobs for American workers.

✅ Legislation and regulation that accelerates the development of high-density, transit-oriented, mixed use urban infill with on-site permanently affordable units. We will not hit our carbon targets, or preserve San Diego's habitat or our status as the nation's most bio-diverse county, without smart urban development.

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