Arizona has a unique opportunity to be a leader in the growing clean energy economy with our virtually unlimited solar potential. Our combination of a dry climate and seemingly endless sunny days give us an opportunity to produce more solar power, which has become increasingly affordable here and nationwide. As a member of the House Appropriations’ Energy and Water subcommittee, I will continue to work on promoting the expansion of clean and affordable renewable energy sources.
Expanding clean energy initiatives is vital in the fight against climate change. That’s why I cosponsored the Climate Change Now Act, which will cut greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 25% by 2025. Affordable clean energy should be available every American. To succeed long-term, our renewable energy alternatives must be clean and financially feasible—a combination that Arizona can make possible through increased commitment to solar energy potential.
After meeting with community leaders and environmental groups, and seeing the Trump administration’s disregard for necessary climate policy, I decided to cosponsor legislation that calls for a climate emergency declaration. The resolution highlights the need for our economy to accommodate new green jobs and infrastructure, as well as prioritize public health and safety. Now, with President Biden in the White House, I know our focus will change and together, we will put more emphasis on sound and bold environmental policies.
As Southern Arizonans know, climate change is no longer a looming threat for debate — it’s here. Arizona will suffer more than most of the country and we are already experiencing the dramatic rises in heat and humidity, more wildfires, and less water. This should not be a partisan debate; this is a serious issue that affects everyone and I am dedicated to combating our climate crisis with bold policies that demand immediate action.