Combating Climate Change
We're already feeling the effects of climate change here in Florida and those effects only stand to get worse in the years to come. Warmer ocean waters will enable hurricanes to strengthen more easily and rising sea levels will worsen landfall impacts for coastal communities. For decades now, our elected officials have effectively ignored this issue, in large part because of the corrupting influence of campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry.
In the face of this inaction, it's vital for cities and towns across the United States to do everything they can to transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy technologies as soon as possible. We're fortunate here in Leon County to have two major universities, providing ready access to experts who can provide assistance as we outline plans for this transition.
If elected, I'll work to bring the County and City Commissioners to the table together, with the express goal of drafting a plan to transition to 100% renewable energy utilization countywide by 2030, using a combination of solar panels, electric vehicles, and battery-storage technologies. I'll also reach out to state legislators and federal representatives to secure additional funding for proposed projects.
As County Commissioner, I would work to:
secure funding for large-scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects here in Leon County
leverage local expertise to draft a comprehensive plan that clearly outlines the goals and success metrics for each stage of the transition