Dean’s Priority: Combating Climate Change
“We didn’t leave the Stone Age because we ran out of rocks; rather, we developed better ways of doing things. In the 21st century, it’s time to accelerate our transition to a clean-energy economy, reduce our carbon footprint, and preserve our planet for future generations.”
– Dean Phillips
As someone who drives an electric car and uses a geothermal system to heat and cool his home, Dean walks the talk. His plan creates incentives for more individuals and more businesses to do the same, and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels:
Market-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions
While many U.S. states, multinational corporations, and other countries have already put a price on carbon emissions and set reduction goals, our federal government has yet to act. Monetizing greenhouse gas emissions allows the free market to figure out the best solutions to addressing the threat posed by global climate change. Dean supports an approach like the Carbon Fee and Dividend Plan advocated by the Climate Leadership Council, which is revenue-neutral and will benefit every American.
Incentives to expand clean energy production
Dean will work to promote renewable energy from wind, solar and infrastructure investments to develop a clean and reliable electrical grid. He also supports extending the 30% federal tax credit for solar and other renewable energy, which would otherwise decrease after 2019 and disappear altogether after 2021 — building on Minnesota’s nation-leading work.
A renewed focus on energy efficiency
Dean knows we need to put more serious efforts behind energy efficiency, which is the most cost-effective and affordable way to reduce fossil-fuel consumption. Coupled with the extension of expired federal tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades, Dean supports adopting recommendations by the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy that will save Americans billions of dollars in lower energy bills, create domestic jobs, improve health by reducing pollution, and make homes and businesses more livable.
Increased investments in resiliency
Recognizing that the consequences of climate change are already upon us, Dean knows we also need to build resiliency into our infrastructure. In particular, he believes buildings should be designed to integrate energy storage and achieve “passive survivability” — to maintain habitable conditions if power is lost for an extended period of time. This is a life-safety issue, and passive survivability should be written into building codes.
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