Stewardship of Natural Resources
As an Alabamian, I am proud of our beautiful state. We are blessed with an abundance of forested land, varied topography from mountains to beaches, diverse wildlife, and a water system that flows from streams to rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. District 48 itself is home to the Cahaba River, one of the most biologically diverse rivers in the United States. I want to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy our outdoor resources, whether it’s hiking and camping at our state parks, hunting, fishing, or lounging on the white sands of the Gulf. It is our responsibility to respect and protect these natural gifts.
I also recognize that we need to balance our concerns for our environment with our need for economic growth. For instance, while I welcome real estate development along the Cahaba River, improper silt management allows damage to the river and drives up the cost of water filtration, raising water rates for everyone. Promoting environmentally responsible building practices allows us to grow, while respecting the beauty and ecology so unique to Alabama. A healthy environment and a healthy economy make for a healthy state.
As your representative, I will:
- Vote for stronger oversight of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to ensure that it is serving the interests of the people, not polluters
- Vote for the creation of a State Water Plan
- Vote for stronger regulations of pollutants like coal ash that threaten our rivers and our drinking water
- Vote for common-sense regulations of automobile emissions that balance our need for clean air with our need to ensure that all Alabamians have access to transportation.
- Vote to eliminate ineffective and counterproductive environmental strategies that fail to balance benefits and costs