Climate change is real. It’s a threat to our economy, national security, and way of life. As citizens and parents, it is imperative that we address it.

We must address the destruction of our green spaces and natural resources that has become standard fare for the Trump administration. Interior Secretary Zinke has announced plans to open the majority of the nation’s coastlines to offshore drilling, and in December, the administration engaged in the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history.

Economic growth at the expense of the environment is a short-term and foolish gamble, the impact of which is felt by many Americans, including those of us living in Delaware County. The Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline is symptomatic of the type of projects we should abstain from funding – it poses undue risk to our children, community and lands.

We are not immune to the increasingly frequent extreme storms, the exacerbated chances of flooding, or the unseasonable weather swings. We must address the plundering of our natural spaces and preserve the limited green spaces that persist. This starts by transitioning to a clean energy economy powered by renewable energy so we can end our reliance on fossil fuels. We need to expand cost-saving energy efficiency. The federal government needs to phase out new fossil fuel leasing on our public lands and oceans. And most importantly, the United States needs to re-commit to the Paris Climate Agreement on Climate Change.

I will work hard to reverse Donald Trump’s gutting of the EPA, including his repeal of clean water and clean air regulation, both of which are choices that demonstrate his commitment to filling the pockets of fossil fuel executives rather than of protecting Americans’ health and our environment.