environment

noun | en·vi·ron·ment | the air, water, land in or on which people, animals, and plants live

Our state’s natural beauty is part of what drew Pam Genant to western North Carolina. Pam knows the environment impacts us all and believes we have an obligation to protect it. In Congress, Pam will fight to ensure that western North Carolina’s environment is protected for all of us and our future generations.

↳ 35.9% of greenhouse gas emissions in North Carolina come from transportation – the largest source.
↳ Air pollution in the counties of Lincoln, Gaston, and Iredell are in the top 10 statewide.
↳ North Carolina has seen a 24% decrease in tree cover since 2000.

FIGHT THE CLIMATE CRISIS

There is undeniable consensus on the existence of man-made climate change. Scientists also agree that there is a narrow window in which we can reverse the worst of the crisis. At a time when our government should be serious about the threat, fossil fuel companies in 2020 received $5.9 trillion in subsidies. With high oil prices and generous subsidies, these companies are on track to make record profits – all on the backs of Americans and the environment. In Congress, Pam Genant will:

└ Support investment in alternative energy sources that will also bring new jobs to the district.
└ Fight to increase tax incentives for hard working families that invest in energy saving solutions at home.
└ Eliminate subsidies for the fossil fuel companies.
└ Address the issue of price gouging by the oil industry.
└ Push for America to lead the way in tackling climate crisis.

EXPAND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS

The health of the environment is vital to our own health and prosperity. District 10 has many state and national parks and public land that we all enjoy. Our communities are dealing with a waste problem that is plaguing our communities, threatening our clean air, water, and natural spaces. As our voice in Washington, Pam Genant will:

└ Fight efforts to sell off public land to the highest bidder.
└ Support the elimination of single-use plastics that are littering North Carolina.
└ Invest in innovative solutions that address the waste epidemic plaguing our country.
└ Reward communities that work with small businesses to reduce waste.
└ Support efforts to develop a national strategy to deal with biodiversity loss.

ELIMINATE INDUSTRIAL POLLUTANTS

Industrial pollution impacts air and water quality, and it can enter the soil, causing widespread environmental damage. These industrial pollutants lead to illness and loss of life in North Carolina and across the country. In 2019, industry in North Carolina released 39 million pounds of pollution into the air, water, and land. Discharges of pollutants to waterways were the highest that they have been since 2015, representing a move in the wrong direction. As our Congresswoman, Pam Genant will:

└ Require publicly traded companies to disclose their environmental impact data.
└ Aggressively investigate reports of corporate pollution.
└ Increase fines for spills and contamination, and fight for stricter controls on toxic chemicals.

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