Rising damages from droughts, floods, heat waves, forest fires, extreme storms, and changing patterns of insect-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika are just some of the dangers of long-term climate change.  It’s time that America commit to safe renewable energy sources that can protect us from climate hazards while reducing our vulnerability to imported oil.  And communities must be able to trust that their water systems are not poisoning them, and that pollutants are not causing disease, lowering farm productivity, and threatening other species.


In Montana, South Dakota, Maine, Oregon, and Washington renewable energy is more than 30% of total energy consumption and growing. A number of states have set meaningful targets to improve, yet in 28 states renewable energy is still less than 10% of total energy consumption. [26]


In 2015, more than 27 million people were served by community water systems with reported health-based violations, though technology exists to solve this crisis. [27]


BP paid more than $20 billion in damages after the Gulf Oil Spill. [28]  Other polluters need to be held accountable, but in 16 states, less than 50% of the air, water, and hazardous waste violations in the past three years resulted in an enforcement action. [29]  


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