There is no question that climate change is real and has existed since the beginning of time, and will always be a factor that can negatively impact our environment. The role that carbon emissions, from human activity, have on climate change is still a subject of debate. But what is clear is that we should do all that we can to reduce carbon emissions in order to improve the quality of our environment. However, we should do so under a balanced approach that considers the economic impact of the rate at which we reduce our carbon emissions.
I have consistently supported an all-of-the-above energy strategy. I have voted to appropriate Federal dollars to research renewable energy solutions that are not only beneficial to our environment, but will hopefully become cost competitive with traditional fuel sources.
No doubt, there will always be those with extreme views about climate change. They do not care if their radical environmental solutions punish working middle class families. For families, who are already struggling under a weak economy, policies that do not allow for a balanced approach will only lead to job losses and higher energy costs.