Protecting Our Environment
Everyone wants clean air and clean water. I grew up in Michigan enjoying the outdoors. My family enjoys the Great Lakes, like all Michiganders. Our natural resources, especially here in Michigan, need to be protected through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
We don’t have time to wait for career politicians to decide how to politicize the problem instead of doing what’s practical. We can’t do this with pie-in-the-sky, socialist aspirations like the Green New Deal, a dangerous plan supported by my opponent which threatens industries that pay the bills in Michigan.
We don’t need socialism. We need realistic, bottom up regulatory reform which must be environmentally and economically sustainable. Regulation needs to be based upon science and common sense. Its mandates need to be affordable, achievable, and Constitutional.
- We need to remove burdensome regulations making it harder for our farmers and small businesses to operate. As a member of the US Senate I would join the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus to seek creative, practical solutions.
- We can be pragmatic about good environmental stewardship by incentivizing private sector innovation especially around energy, transportation and plastic production.
- We can invest in our infrastructure with a future-focus.
- And we must work with our allies to hold the world's biggest polluters accountable and assist where possible by exporting American made goods. Our economy and national security are strengthened through the increased use of domestic fuel supplies and innovation.