In our issue survey, Claire responded that Washington needs to invest serious money in developing alternative energy sources and to encourage people to buy electric vehicles, invest in solar energy for their homes and switch from gas to electric to heat their homes.
"I have dedicated my career to improving the futures’ of kids in my area and in Washington state. Nothing could be more critical to ensuring a healthy future for our children than tackling climate change. It is also essential to target environmental policies that reduce the impacts of climate change and pollution on communities of color and other marginalized groups. For example, recent studies have shown that air quality is worse in traditionally red-lined neighborhoods, which also holds for different kinds of pollution. In the Senate, I was proud to support the Clean Fuels Standard, 100% Clean Energy, the Climate Commitment Act, and the greenest transportation package ever passed in the state of Washington. However, I was disappointed to see a few impactful environmental initiatives fail to pass in the most recent session. I look forward to getting back to work on climate policy when I am re-elected. One of the most important things we can do to reduce carbon impacts is to ensure that development in our communities is planned around transit and in a manner that prioritizes emission reduction. Transportation is the number one emitter of greenhouse gasses, and focusing on green transportation solutions will be key to addressing climate change. In addition, we must do more in the coming years to decarbonize the building sector in Washington. Ensuring that new buildings are more efficient and retrofitting older buildings to be cleaner helps the environment, and it also provides green jobs and helps the economy. At the same time, we must ensure that workers in the fossil fuel, transportation, construction, and other impacted industries in our state are at the table when we make decisions so that we can facilitate a just transition which prioritizes the wellbeing of all of our communities as we move towards a greener, cleaner future."