Copyright Jen Perelman 2020

ENVIRONMENT

Climate change is the single greatest threat facing our planet. The recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it clear that unless we substantially cut the amount of carbon in our atmosphere in under 11 years, the human, environmental, and economic costs will be severe and irreversible. Yet, despite the abundance of scientific evidence, multi-national fossil fuel corporations continue to profit at the expense of our environment. In the interest of profit maximization, we also allow industrial polluters to continue to pollute our water. Between lax regulations and our crumbling infrastructure, there are communities in this country that have not had clean water in more than five years. In Florida, industrial polluters have contributed to unprecedented blue-green algae contamination and red tide, which is detrimental to the tourism industry, and will ultimately affect our drinking water.

 

Jen supports:

  • A Green New Deal that transforms our energy system away from fossil fuels to 100% energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

  • Mobilization on a national scale to ensure that, in the next 10 years, 100% of domestic electricity demand will be supplied by clean, renewable, and zero-emission sources.

  • Investing in infrastructure and programs to protect the communities in this country that are most vulnerable to the impact of the climate crisis. This is especially critical in South Florida where we are “ground zero” for the climate effect of sea-level rise.

  • Reducing carbon pollution emissions from our transportation system by investing in high-speed passenger rail, electric vehicles, and public transit.

  • Banning fracking. 

  • Banning fossil fuel leases on public lands in order to keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground.

  • Ending exports of coal, natural gas, and crude oil.

  • Protecting and growing America’s public lands and waters, and natural monuments, for future generations.

  • Ensuring clean water for our citizens by holding industrial polluters accountable and retrofitting our outdated water infrastructure. This should be done starting with the most vulnerable and neglected communities.

  • Investing in a solar initiative in Florida, as well as nationwide, for economic benefit and environmental protection.