While our status quo leadership in Nevada represents the interests of corporate developers looking to take advantage of our community, decades of drought have Lake Mead’s water levels are at record lows, excessive heat warnings have become our new normal, wildfires are ravaging the West, and the ecology of the Mojave Desert is on the verge of permanent collapse. On top of all that, the effects of environmental racism leave Black, brown, immigrant, poor, working class, and other frontline communities in the heart of Las Vegas bearing the brunt of our climate crisis.
LAS VEGAS IS THE FASTEST WARMING, FASTEST GROWING CITY IN THE COUNTRY
—AND WE’RE RAPIDLY RUNNING OUT OF WATER.
WE NEED A GREEN NEW DEAL. NOW.
RECENT CLIMATE HEADLINES:
THE NEW YORK TIMES · 08/16/2021
NEWSWEEK · 07/28/2021
THE GUARDIAN · 07/13/2021
We cannot continue to ignore the intersections of these injustices as we fight for the comprehensive and transformative solutions necessary to course correct. Half measures and compromise with the GOP and corporate interests cannot and will not save us. We cannot continue to trade unchecked suburban sprawl for meager conservation measures when we know that Las Vegas has one of the worst heat island effects in the country. Temperatures in downtown Las Vegas and the east side can be ten to twenty degrees hotter than nearby rural areas, yet our current leaders in Nevada—Democrats and Republicans alike—are supporting the Southern Nevada Economic Development and Conservation Act (SNEDCA), aka the Clark County Lands Bill. It’s an unconscionable giveaway to greedy developers which would grow the southern portion of the Las Vegas Valley by 40,000 acres (approximately the geographic size of Washington, D.C. or St. Louis).
As we face the serious prospect of our home in the Mojave becoming uninhabitable within our lifetimes, we have to wrestle with existential questions about the cost of continued growth versus our ability to sustain our existing population. And if we do invest in more growth, we should be investing in the urban core of Las Vegas—the heart of the First Congressional District—where we could be growing up, not out, and putting resources into our communities that have been getting left behind for decades.
Instead of developer giveaways like the Lands Bill my opponent is shamelessly supporting, Las Vegas should be at the forefront of developing the Green New Deal, which, like the original New Deal before it, is the only solution whose scope is ambitious and comprehensive enough to meet the scale of the crisis we face. Unlike with the original New Deal, however, the Green New Deal presents the opportunity to center BIPOC and other frontline communities to achieve not just environmental justice, but economic, social, racial justice across the board—before it’s too late.
WHEN ELECTED, YOU CAN COUNT ON MY SUPPORT FOR THE FOLLOWING
POLICY PRIORITIES AND LEGISLATION ON DAY ONE:
Ensure clean water, food, and air for all
Transform our energy systems to 100% renewable energy and create pathways to the future centered around a just transition framework
Prioritize Black, indigenous, and communities of color that have been most devastated by the climate crisis during the recovery process
Create millions of good paying, union jobs that center frontline communities, transition fossil fuel workers to the renewable industry, and keep people working close to home through a Green New Deal
Invest in conserving and protecting public lands and revitalizing urban blight and empty small town centers with smart, community-driven development and redevelopment
Save Las Vegas families money with investments in weatherization, public transportation, modern infrastructure, and high-speed broadband
Update and decarbonize existing buildings and housing stock and invest in millions of new public and housing units to ensure safe and affordable housing for all
End the greed and destruction of the fossil fuel and mining industries and hold them accountable for the destruction of our planet
Commit to the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge
H.Res.109 - Recognizing the duty of the Federal Government to create a Green New Deal, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019
H.R.2644 - Green New Deal for Cities Act of 2021, introduced by Rep. Cori Bush
H.R.4442 - To establish a Green New Deal for Public Schools, introduced by Rep. Jamaal Bowman in 2021
H.R.2664 - Green New Deal for Public Housing Act, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2021
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