Regardless of age, gender, race, or political affiliation, we all depend on clean air, land and water. Protecting the environment is a priority we all share, and I will make sure it is a priority in Harrisburg.
I have spent the past 15 years of my life working diligently to ensure both people and nature thrive, in our communities, by developing The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County into a nationally accredited land conservancy, and working with The Nature Conservancy to achieve urban conservation, health and revitalization.
As your representative in the PA House, you can count on me to stand up and fight for a clean, healthy environment, for our children and for generations to come. From properly funding the PA DEP so it can do its job effectively, to preserving open space, to investing in clean and renewable energy, to not just protect our environment, but grow our economy and create jobs. I will be a champion for the environment we all share.
There is no doubt that protecting our land, air and water is a top priority. I am proud of my work as an environmental advocate and will continue the fight to protect our environment as your representative in Harrisburg.
The advent of the natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region has given environmental concerns center stage in Pennsylvania's public policy debate. Hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking" as it is commonly known) is a controversial method of extracting the natural gas reserves found in shale formations deep below the surface. Fracking has many potentially negative outcomes for the environment, and this is something we need to watch and regulate very carefully.
I support strong regulation on the gas drilling industry and increasing funding for the PA Department of Environmental Protection so that it has the resources necessary to provide meaningful oversight and control, not just on the gas industry, but on all activity that potentially compromises the health and safety of our environment.
In addition, I support a meaningful severance tax on the value of natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale. We must stop giving handouts to big corporations, like gas drilling companies and take the burden off of Pennsylvania taxpayers. The revenue generated by a meaningful severance tax is necessary to pay for the increased costs associated with regulating the drilling industry, as well as invested in statewide priorities, like funding our schools.
I also support investing in the development and deployment of clean and renewable energy. Wind and solar have the potential not only to greatly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, which will cut carbon emissions and other sources of pollution and global warming, it will make us all safer and healthier, while growing our economy and creating jobs. Put more succinctly, investing in clean and renewable energy simply makes sense for everyone.
I will be an advocate and champion for our environment as your representative in the PA House.