Climate Change & the Environment

The science is indisputable. We must reduce our carbon emissions. This will require greater investments by the state in long-term clean energy solutions. I was proud to vote yes on the Climate Commitment Act, which established a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution and achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions in state law.

Transportation is the largest source of carbon pollution in our state. It contributes about 22% of total air pollution and 39% of greenhouse gas emissions. I was proud to vote in support of the Clean Fuel Standard to provide clean fuel choices and curb pollution from transportation.

We rely on the Puget Sound for healthy food, clean water, and recreational opportunities. Its health is vital to our state’s economy, quality of life, and culture of coastal native people. It is essential that we preserve and protect it. Puget Sound recovery efforts will require increased investment to prevent pollution from stormwater runoff, restore habitat, protect endangered species (especially our dwindling Orca population), support healthy water quality, and ensure that our food supply (and that of every species) is robust and safe to eat.

In the State Senate, I will lead on Infill development and density – our strongest tools in our cities’ toolboxes to fight climate change and lead on adapting our land use policies to prioritize infill housing options, ensure the efficient use of infrastructure, reduce sprawl, and increase access to transit.