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Climate Change, Energy and the Environment

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I have long believed that the science is settled, climate change is happening and we must take steps to mitigate its effects. We continue to face an increase of severe weather events across the country and globe that are threatening the safety of many and deeply costing our families, businesses and communities. The failure to address climate change has also been called a national security threat by Defense Secretary James Mattis. It is critical that we work to address environmental issues occurring right now so that we pass on to our children and grandchildren a livable environment in the future.

Additionally, I have fought to increase investments in renewable energy, such as wind, solar and biofuels. These industries not only help cut down on pollution, but they provide thousands of jobs across Iowa. Wind and solar energy have become a boon for rural communities. The wind industry has created thousands of jobs across Iowa, provides millions of dollars annually in rental income for farmers and landowners across the state, and has helped grow a number of manufacturing companies here in Southeast Iowa. I have consistently fought to protect both the wind Production Tax Credit and the solar Investment Tax Credit to give the industries the stability and certainty that has helped Iowa grow to having over 37 percent of its electricity generated from wind.

Ultimately, our nation must end it reliance on fossil fuels and invest in next generation fuel sources. While working towards creating these new fuels sources, it is important that we continue to curb our reliance on energy from the Middle East. I know Iowans consider themselves the first stewards of land and we must work to improve the environment for our children’s future.

Throughout my time in Congress and as a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus and as a co-chair of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus, I have and will continue to fight to reduce pollution, promote clean, renewable energy, and limit our greenhouse gas emissions.
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