The future of the American energy industry must be independent and renewable. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: closing down fossil fuel plants, retraining workers for green energy jobs, redirecting energy subsidies to renewable energy companies, tax credits for residential renewable energy installation, and creating an emergency natural gas reserve.
Green Infrastructure Investments
A priority for Congress must be rebuilding American infrastructure and ensuring that our updated infrastructure is built using environmentally safe construction practices and green energy capabilities. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports an infrastructure package that includes rebuilding highways, bridges and tunnels that include green energy solutions such as solar panels and small turbines and sources construction materials from American companies.
Industry's Role in Fighting Climate Change
Recent reports show that the 100 largest corporations account for 71% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Before the government mandates changes in individual American lives, Congress should focus on the industries polluting our atmosphere and water. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports: tax breaks for companies that source at least 70% of their energy needs from renewable energy sources, Department of Energy evaluations of the top 100 corporations that will recommend solutions to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and financial penalties for corporations that actively ignore or avoid new regulations or changes recommended by the Department of Energy.
Paris Climate Accords
The United States should remain committed to addressing the issue of climate change and working with other countries to lower carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to slow the rise of the global average temperature, rising sea levels and ocean desalination. Friends of Intelligent Democracy supports undoing President Trump's decision to exit the Paris Climate Accords.