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Climate change and global technological advancements
won't wait for us to catch up.
We need a progressive plan for our future.
Climate change is real, it’s happening now, and our failure to act is already resulting in devastation. But it’s not too late for America to lead the world in climate change initiatives. We already have an excellent foundation and framework in the Green New Deal. Like FDR’s original New Deal, the Green New Deal is designed to rebuild the American economy by creating living-wage jobs to develop critical infrastructure—in this case, the infrastructure needed to put our country on a path of environmental sustainability. On this new path, we would incentivize environmentally sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels and make those alternatives available, practical, and affordable for all people. We would end fossil fuel subsidies and redirect those tax dollars to advance green technologies and solutions. We would ban fracking and offshore drilling and put an end to fossil fuel lobbying, which for too long has allowed oil and gas companies to steer our nation’s environmental policies. The science on climate change is clear, and American ingenuity is still second to none. We can and must act now to save our country and the earth from this existential threat.
In 2018, nearly 37% of drug arrests were for possession of marijuana. Arrests like those can cost people job opportunities and even their freedom, with a devastating ripple effect on communities, especially communities of color. By legalizing marijuana, we can break this terrible cycle: we can reduce our prison population, create new green jobs, help our farmers, ensure product safety, and generate tax dollars that we can reinvest in the communities hardest hit by the War on Drugs.
Our children are America’s future, yet our public schools are chronically underfunded and our students are falling behind. If we want a globally competitive workforce, we must reinvest in public education. That means modernizing classrooms; paying teachers appropriately; building 21st–century technical schools; and updating school curriculums to include essential, real-world subjects like coding, personal finance, climate science, and nutrition. While a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work for a nation as large and diverse as ours, the federal government should be a supportive partner of state and local governments in this critical transformation. It’s our responsibility ensure that future generations are armed with the skills and information they need to succeed in college or the workforce.
Online applications. Telemedicine. Remote learning. Nowadays, high-speed internet isn’t a luxury—it’s a necessity. Many communities in Tennessee’s 3rd District are being left behind, because big corporate internet service providers won’t serve many rural areas. Yet many of the same corporate providers have also lobbied hard to keep municipal providers, like Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, from expanding service to them. The federal government must level the playing field by working with states and local utility providers to make high-speed internet accessible and affordable to everyone.
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