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Apr 23, 2012 No Comments ›› Terry Phillips

As a lifelong supporter of good stewardship, my political involvement began in high school as a co-founder of S.A.F.E. (Student Action For Environment). We set up the first local recycling center and promoted education regarding our ecosystem.

As a journalist, I have reported many news stories about threats to the health of our planet. Political controversies often pit protecting the environment against protecting jobs. I believe this is a false choice. We must do both.

As a political candidate, I opposed the McCarthy/Nunes bill (H.R. 1837) to transfer control of Central Valley water to the federal government, as well as McCarthy’s anti-wilderness bill (H.R. 1581). Both are bad for our environment and bad for people.

There are few things more fundamental to our quality of life than the air we breathe. I have often thought that if beings from some advanced civilization were to visit our planet, they would conclude we were (to put it mildly) insane.

What intelligent species would intentionally poison its own atmosphere? Apart from the fact that air pollution kills us, it exacerbates every other problem we have, from illness to blight. You’d think this was so obvious we would never even consider dumping garbage into the air and water and soil. Every day, we are destroying what is left of our neighborhoods, our cities, our state, our world.

As a member of Congress, I would bring together all stakeholders and find creative solutions to our complex challenges. For example, I would support tax incentives to put solar panels on all new buildings. This would be good for our economy and would help reduce global warming.

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