Natural resources are a critical pillar of Kentucky's social foundation - the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the soil with which we grow our food. We must balance our obligations to help feed people in our state and throughout the nation while having a global impact with our responsibility to our future.
The environmental challenges we face will impact everything from the health of our citizens to our state's economy. We need a new approach to resource management that values the health and prosperity of our communities and makes sure future generations have the same opportunities as the previous generations.
My priorities include:
Climate Change - We are the first generation to experience the impact of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it. There should be no doubt that climate change is among the greatest threats facing future generations. Kentucky will become even warmer and experience an increased frequency of extreme weather events like severe storms, tonic events, and an increase in rain and flooding. These events will impact our agricultural productivity, economic development, housing, and public health. To address these threats, we must help communities identify their climate-change vulnerabilities and invest in infrastructure improvements that promote preparedness and resilience to extreme weather events.
Water Quality - First and foremost, it is our moral responsibility to ensure communities have clean drinking water, and it's our responsibility to fix this problem, immediately. It is unacceptable that there are still communities in Kentucky without clean water. We must create a strong plan to establish long-term clean water investments without taking funding from our schools and other infrastructure projects.