When most people think of environmental concerns they tend to think nationally or even globally, especially with global warming being our most pressing issue. This issue should be nonpartisan; we all live on this earth and it’s the only one we have. Yet, many in the Republican party still can’t seem to wrap their heads around this basic truth. In regards to global warming, although we all may be entitled to our own opinions, we are not entitled to our own facts. Global warming is real and we need to address it. It’s an embarrassment as an American that our country is the only one of the 175 countries to walk out of the Paris Climate Accord. However, there is some good news: more than 50 mayors from cities across the United States just finished up the North American Climate Summit in Chicago on December 6th, in which they agreed to meet goals similar to those in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris.
Nonetheless, even here in Ashland County we have seen the new Rover pipeline that traverses our communities have continuous violations and spills in both Stark and Ashland counties. Wayne Forest (although not in Wayne County) is being sold off for fracking purposes. If elected, I plan to champion and stand on the side of our environment and help promote clean green energy.