Climate change is real. Over the last 100 years heavy storms more frequent and sea levels have risen in the coastal regions of Maryland. The sea level is rising at an alarming rate of an inch every seven to eight years according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Our beaches and shores are eroding, allowing for more inland flooding. People are responsible for adding carbon dioxide to our atmosphere, which warms our oceans and ice cover. We need bold initiatives to combat climate change now to protect our children and future generations.
- Support US participation in and adherence to the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The UN’s goal in the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to well below two degrees Celsius. To achieve these goals George will support the proposal made by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to include decarbonization, justice for those that work in the fossil fuel industry, and the creation of new long-term high paying jobs. This can be achieved financially through incentives for private companies to reduce their carbon footprint and recycling efforts. Incentives will also be attached to these company’s willingness to train and hire individuals currently living in the regions they operate from.
- Back the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This bill places a price tag on carbon emissions and has the ability to fund bold climate change initiatives. It is past time that we address the activities of corporations that have helped perpetuate the climate crisis we are facing. We must support these same corporations as they adjust their processes to lower and eliminate carbon emissions.