Hello everyone hailing from Pennsylvania! Help fight for sustainability by voting for eco-friendly congresspeople this May. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, click here.
Voting in Pennsylvania
Alright Pennsylvania, your primary election is on May 15, and like the rest of the country, the general election is November 6. Your state has a closed primary type. This means that you must be registered with a political party in order to vote, and you can only vote for a candidate in your party. The candidates moving on to the general election are the ones receiving the most votes–even if it’s not a majority.
Things on the ballot this year: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Congress special election, Governor, Other State Executives, State Senate, State House, Special State Legislative. We’ll be covering candidates running for U.S. Senate and House. Get ready to get green!
Our pick: Bob Casey Jr.
- Incumbent since 2007
- Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
- Summary: A great candidate with lots and lots of green legislation support and proven record from previous years in office.
Your current senator is everything we want in a sustainable candidate. From his time in office, he’s proposed and supported a significant amount of “green” legislation. Here are some of his (many!) highlights:
Casey (along with many other senators) announced his support for the EPA’s National Center for Environmental Research (NCER). This part of the EPA funds scientific research relevant to citizen health. The research puts science into the hands of lawmakers, so they can make better decisions when it comes to environmental concerns. This can be things like telling corporations to limit how much they pollute, that way contaminated air and water isn’t going to damage us big time. The current administration’s plans for this leg of the EPA is to shut it down.
He isn’t just worried about large-scale climate change. He’s focused on protecting you, right in your Pennsylvanian home. Your senator’s actions and pledges aim to preserve your state’s natural resources and environment.
With regards to energy, Casey is all for the clean stuff. He sees this as a potential for combating climate change, keeping our clean and air clean, and creating new jobs. This is why he supports (and voted for) the Clean Power Plan. The EPA’s plan sets targets for each state to reduce their carbon emissions–a way to reduce pollution and encourage a switch to greener energy.
He also co-sponsored the Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act. This act furthers the 45Q tax credit–a credit that rewards a capture and safe disposal of CO2.
Other great anti-polluting things to note include Casey’s support of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS). The plan keeps power plants in line by stopping them from emitting toxic chemicals that harm people, especially kids. He also voted for the Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), which does similar things for power plants in the Eastern parts of the United States, so power plants don’t pollute air that carries to other nearby states.
We also have some fracking things to share. Casey proposed the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC), which gives the EPA some regulation ability of the fracking process and requires that the chemical used during the process is not kept private.
A collection of other things worth noting:
- Introduced the Trash Reduction and Sensible Handling Act (TRASH).
- Supports regulating coal ash by sending letters to the EPA.
- Dedicated to protecting National Parks.
- Requested funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
- Sponsored the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act.
- Introduced the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act.
- Voted in support of the Endangered Species Act.
- What an impressive track record here for Casey.
Other senator candidates:
- Lou Barletta (R) -This candidate supports the Keystone XL pipeline and funding renewable energy developments, but does not support federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source).
- Jim Christiana (R)
- Dale Kerns (Libertarian)
U.S. House of Representatives
Find your district here.
You have a couple of good options, District 1! Pay close attention to the topics that you care about most, and explore campaign websites to learn about more other issues they have on their platform.
- Runs a nonprofit organization Wallace Global Fund that works to combat climate change (and other things). (Big bonus points here!)
- Summary: Not impressed with current environmental actions.
Scott is not a happy camper when it comes to our current response to climate change. First off, he’s adamant about people (like the current administration) accepting that climate change is happening, it’s dangerous, and that it needs to be dealt with. Secondly, Scott Pruitt is a bad pick for the EPA because of his position on climate change (a denier, by the way). It’s safe to assume that our candidate is probably not too keen on sharing the same name with this dude. The nonprofit he runs works to fight climate change on a local and global level by challenging corporate power and demanding equality for people who do not have clean air or water.
Scott supports a number of things to get us on the right path. First, he believes in rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement (a worldwide agreement to combat climate change) and the Clean Power Plan (a plan to reduce carbon emissions), along with strengthening the EPA’s ability to regulate pollution. He also wants to take down tax breaks for fossil fuel companies, in order to push for clean energy (which has the potential for many, many new jobs).
- Public Service career (in education and nonprofit sectors)
- Business director (Digital Marketing for Bucks County Community College, Cape May’s Center for Community Arts, and more)
- Summary: Supports legislature that pushes America toward renewable energy.
Steve is ready to make a big push for a renewable energy transition. For one, he supports a Carbon Fee and Dividend plan. https://citizensclimatelobby.org/carbon-fee-and-dividend/ This would place a rising fee on carbon, driving a push for clean energy, and driving a decline of fracking. His goal is to create new jobs and transition the country into green energy sources. He also wants to eliminate tax credits for fossil fuel industries, further working toward that push. Furthermore, he fully supports some programs from the EPA, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
Steve also misses a few things that we used to do for environmental issues, like participating in the Paris Climate Accord and enforcing the Clean Power Plan.
Other District 1 Candidates:
Rachel Reddick (D) – Honorable mention! Honestly, District 1, you have some great options. Rachel supports the push for clean energy and reducing our country’s dependence on nonrenewable resources. She is upset with the current administration’s handling of environmental concerns, namely our withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and abandoning the Clean Power Plan.
Brian Fitzpatrick (R) incumbent
Dean Malik (R)
Not much about sustainability on your candidates’ campaign websites. Might wanna check into other issues here.
Our pick: Brendan Boyle
- Incumbent since 2015
- 2009-2015 Pennsylvania House of Representatives
- Summary: good voting records.
The good news is that your current representative has shown his support for funding renewable energy developments and for federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source).
Other District 2 Candidates:
Michele Lawrence (D)
David Torres (R)
Our pick: Dwight Evans
- Incumbent since 2016
- Former teacher
- Summary: Bring green to the city.
Dwight is a big advocate for getting city folk access to green areas and farming opportunities. There are several places in Pennsylvanian cities called “food deserts” (maybe you live in one) where getting access to fresh produce–or even a grocery store–is quite the issue. Dwight wants to help you guys out with farmers markets (and getting local Pennsylvania farms involved), farm-to-school initiatives, and urban farming. These are a little bit less to do with your typical climate change issues, but agriculture is a huge part of our “green” outlook. Getting local farms more involved keeps factory farms from monopolizing the food game, and keeps your dollar away from big-time polluters. (Yes, farms pollute a lot!) Your current Rep has already had big success in combating the food desert issues with his Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative. This program created loads of grocery stores and other food access points across the state, become a model for the entire country, and was endorsed by good ol’ Michelle Obama.
Dwight also wants to give cities more green spaces and clean air. One way to do this is by planting more trees and supporting Pennsylvania’s TreeVitalize Program. Your state has lost a lot of trees, and it’s time for restoration. TreeVitalize has already planted a LOT of trees (we’re talking in the hundreds of thousands) since its 2004 launch.
He’s also all for the federal government regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source). Another great bonus.
Other District 3 Candidates:
Kevin Johnson (D)
Bryan Leib (R)
Our pick: Madeleine Dean
- State representative (2012-present)
- Summary: The 3 R’s–Responsibility, Responsibility, Responsibility!
We’re pretty excited about Madeleine because she has the attitude of a green leader, stating that, “Lawmakers have a responsibility to protect and preserve our environment.” Yes! They! Do! For Madeleine, this means consistently (and substantially) funding the EPA (and similar organizations) to help lawmakers make the responsible decisions and regulate necessary practices. She envisions America as a “global leader” in combating climate change and making the switch to ONLY renewable sources in her lifetime. (And is also upset about abandoning the Paris Climate Agreement).
Other District 4 Candidates:
Okay District 5, this is the best collection of sustainable candidates we’ve seen in one place so far. We have a couple top picks, but we are very impressed just about everyone here. Pay attention to those things most important to you and explore more of their issues.
Our pick: Mary Gay Scanlon
- Attorney, public service involvement, school board president
- Summary: Do it for the people.
We love Mary because helping people is her driving force (and not just with environmental causes). Her concern with climate change is the threat it poses to you, to future generations, and to our country. She specifically addresses the people of Puerto Rico and Flint, Michigan and vows to work at providing immediate relief. These groups have been ignored by people in political power, still without electricity and clean water (respectively). (Which she offers an obvious reason for: skin color.) Mary is all about making sure people are safe, which absolutely includes avoiding another Flint crisis and protecting clean air and water. Pennsylvania is at risk for contaminated air and water because of the Covanta trash incinerator in Chester (a huge source of air pollution, although they claim to be making changes), and a proposed Mariner East 2 pipeline (which will carry natural gas and pose threats to drinking water). She vows to protect people from such potential harms by supporting a strengthening of the EPA and refocus it to its original purpose: a bipartisan mission to protect people by regulating pollution.
Mary also has a focus on green energy for our country. She recognizes that in order to protect people and reduce pollution, moving away from fossil fuels is not only a must, but a priority. Not to mention, reliance on fossil fuel energy from abroad creates national security risks. It’s not just about pollution, although that should be enough to concern people. Her support for the 100×50 bill could get the U.S. to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, and as a result, energy independent.
But she doesn’t stop there! Mary calls for a fracking ban, pointing out risks fracking poses to safe air and water. She also supports tossing tax breaks for fossil fuel industries and letting that help the switch to renewable energy. To top it off, she’s all for rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and pushing America to become a leader in fighting climate change.
Other District 5 Candidates (You have a lot of good ones!):
Larry Arata (D) – Larry trusts the scientists on this one. He believes in listening to what they say and meeting their (our) needs. This means getting rid of fossil fuel plants, enforcing the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts, protecting wetlands, absolutely no more building new trash incinerators (like the one already in Chester), and protecting national parks.
Ashley Lunkenheimer (D) – Ashley is adamant about the threats of climate change to our country. She has concerns about the reduction of green spaces, natural resources, the Mariner East 2 pipeline, and the lack of pollution protection from the (current) EPA. She believes in rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and pushing for clean energy sources.
Molly Sheehan (D) – Molly is a scientist, so she isn’t messing around when it comes to climate change and also has a deep concern for the people. She believes in trusting the research to make decisions in Congress. Her reason for campaigning? “I’m running in order to save our environment, because science says it needs saving.”
Greg Vitali (D) – Greg has already done work for sustainability. He has supported environmental protection legislature and opposed the gas drilling industry (specifically in Harrisburg). He even wrote a whole report called Marcellus Money and the Pennsylvania Legislature that exposes their spending (and lobbying) report. This is a pretty big deal.
David Wertime (D) – We have another people-pleaser on our hands with David. (Or people-protector, more like). He’s worried about the inconsistent and unpredictable effects of climate change and what that’s going to do for people. To help, he’s committed to investing in clean energy, rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, ban offshore drilling, pushing for a cap and trade program, and reduce fracking.
Theresa Wright (D) – Theresa is concerned with our climate change affects our health, even down to the food grown right in Pennsylvania.
Pearl Kim (R)
Margo Davidson (D)
Richard Lazer (D)
Lindy Li (D) – Lindy plans to help with sustainability in a number of ways. One, committing to renewable energy by ending fossil fuels subsidies and investing in clean energy developments. Two, reinstating the Clean Water Act (which protects your drinking and recreational water right in Pennsylvania) and the Paris Climate Agreement.
You only have 2 candidates running and there is an obvious choice here.
Our pick: Chrissy Houlahan
- Served as a naval officer, co-founder of B Corporations, CFO of nonprofit organization Springboard Collaborative
- Summary: The B Corp thing is very important.
We first must discuss how important the B Corporation credit is to sustainability. For those that don’t know, B Corps are certified businesses that provide goods or services for the purpose of solving a social or environmental issue. This! Is! Huge! The idea here is to provide consumers with businesses that are doing GOOD things in the world, and it acknowledges the power consumers have to make CHANGE. You know Ben & Jerry’s, right? They are a B Corp because of their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint and supporting sustainable food systems (and to a number of social justice issues). Chrissy is one of the reasons this whole thing exists and proves her dedication to environmental causes.
Apart from this, Chrissy is worried about the threats of climate change (like health, natural disasters, agriculture, etc). She wants to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and trust the scientists on this one–we can’t ignore climate change.
Other District 6 Candidates:
Greg McCauley (R) – Bad news here. On the path to energy independence, he recognizes Pennsylvania as an “energy superpower” and wants to extract all your natural gas.
Our pick: Susan Wild
- Attorney, recognized community leader
- Summary: Pro-Senator Casey.
Susan misses the old EPA with its power to protect the people and enforce the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. She is disheartened by the current climate (pun intended) regarding the political outlook of our environmental issues and vows to “be a leading voice in Congress to defend our environment.” Part of this addresses the lack of action with communities like Flint, Michigan, where she recognizes the unjust response to helping low-income families in crisis. She supports a push to clean energy via incentivizing businesses to switch over. She aims to protect natural resources and people by passing the FRAC Act which would give the EPA more means of regulating fracking. She likes Senator Casey’s style (that guy we talked about first and highly approve of) and vows to follow his lead, especially with things like rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and supporting environmentally responsible legislature.
Other District 7 Candidates:
- David Clark (D)
- Greg Edwards (D) – Supports a transition to clean energy.
- John Morganelli (D)
- Roger Ruggles (D) – Roger believes in being responsible by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the use of fossil fuels as a primary energy source.
- Rick Daugherty (D)
- Dean Browning (R)
- Marty Nothstein (R)
Our pick: Matt Cartwright
- Incumbent since 2013
- Summary: Responsible path to energy independence.
Matt wants America to be energy independent through the questionable “all-of-the-above” approach, which usually means using renewable and nonrenewable resources. However, Matt says that we need to be responsible with energy production and invest in clean technologies. By doing so, he wants to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. He is also concerned with fracking and the threat it poses to Pennsylvania’s drinking water and natural beauty.
Other District 8 Candidates:
Our pick: Denny Wolff
- Dairy farmer
- World Trade Organization’s Agriculture Technical Committee (under Clinton and Bush)
- Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Agriculture
- Summary: Promotes Pennsylvania agriculture.
Denny has done some great stuff for the Pennsylvania farming scene, making locally grown food more accessible across the state. He helped start the PA Preferred Program, which tells consumers that their purchase is a local one. This is a great thing because promoting small local farmers decreases customers buying from factory farms (and the pollution they cause).
Other District 9 Candidates:
- Gary Wegman (D) – Gary is against the Keystone XL pipeline (source).
- Scott Uehlinger (R)
- Dan Meuser (R)
- George Halcovage (R)
- Laura Quick (D)
Lucky for you, District 10. You have a couple great sustainable options here.
Our picks: Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson
- Assistant to Director of the Office of Management and Budget
- Worked with Senator Casey
- Summary: Addressing climate change and Pennsylvania farming with renewable energy.
Shavonnia is a believer in scientists: climate change is real, dangerous, and accelerated by human behavior. She sees the transition into clean energy as not only responsible for our health, but an opportunity for jobs and economic development. Jobs generated by renewable energy, she points out, cannot be outsourced. Those jobs are domestic and here to stay. With this shift to clean energy, she hopes to reduce our dependence on foreign resources and fossil fuel use in general. With Shavonnia, we have another unhappy candidate when it comes to the Paris Climate Agreement withdrawal.
Farming in Pennsylvania is also important to Shavonnia. She recognizes its cultural and economic significance in your state and hopes to keep family farms running. This is important because food that is not produced by family farms are produced by factory farms, which cause hella pollution. Shavonnia has a few solutions here: 1. Investing in clean energy to boost the agricultural community with revenue from wind and solar installations. 2. Immigration reform that provides family farms with reliable seasonal workers. 3. Tax reform that benefits family farms and middle-class families.
- Served in Air Force
- Summary: Anti-pollution.
Alan wants the United States to lead in energy development by investing in clean energy. He sees this as an opportunity to reduce emissions and pollutants. Stunned by an early-life memory of the burning Cuyahoga River, Alan is dedicated to protecting our air and water and keeping pollution out. This is why he supports the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts and praises the EPA for its past enforcement of protecting people. He also condemns the choice to withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Other District 10 Candidates:
- George Scott (D)
- Eric Ding (D)
- Scott Perry (R) – incumbent – Your current representative supports the Keystone XL pipeline (source).
Our pick: Jessica King
- Founding Executive Director of the Union Project
- Executive Director of ASSETS
- Summary: Supports strong legislation and directs a very cool nonprofit.
Jessica is not fooling around when it comes to the renewable energy push. She promises to co-sponsor the 100×50 bill. This would get the United States running on 100% renewable energy by 2050. She also wants to eliminate subsidizing the fossil fuel industry because who why should oil companies get money for polluting? Additionally, Jessica is against gas pipelines because of the threats they pose to water. Specifically, she opposes the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, which is being constructed in Pennsylvania.
Also important to note, Jessica is an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called ASSETS. The organization encourages and aids businesses to have a responsible social and environmental impact in the community. This is a big deal because it leads businesses to become ethically aware and invested in their communities.
Other District 11 Candidates:
- Lloyd Smucker (R) incumbent – Lloyd thinks the EPA is overstepping with the Clean Water Act and does not support the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source).
- Chester Beiler (R)
Our pick: Marc Friedenberg
- Summary: Change is necessary.
Marc acknowledges Pennsylvania’s fossil-fueled history. You guys were once big exporters of nonrenewable resources and helped modernize the country. Marc wants Pennsylvania to continue to export energy, but not with fossil fuels. He’s all about the change and deems it absolutely needed for your state and our country. And this is not just for our environment, but for our economy too.
Other District 12 Candidates:
- Judy Herschel (D) – Judy vows to protect air and water from pollution by reducing emissions, regulating gas wells, developing clean energy, and increasing funds for environmental legislature.
- Tom Marino (R) – incumbent – This guy does not want the government involved with America’s road to energy independence, such as no regulating greenhouse gas emissions. This could be an issue because regulations are necessary in order to keep us safe. He does, however, want to invest in developing renewable resources, but is also pro-Keystone XL (source).
- Doug McLinko (R)
Unfortunately, this is one of the worst round-up of sustainable candidates we’ve seen in one place. Either candidates do not discuss environmental concerns on their campaign sites, or we’ve been able to dig up some not-so-good info.
Our pick: Look at other candidate issues.
District 13 Candidates:
- Brent Ottaway (D)
- Stephen Bloom (R) – Stephen took a political courage test in 2010 (source) which shows his opposition for funding any kind of energy development (renewable and nonrenewable), and opposition for regulations to decrease the effects climate change has on the country (and world).
- John Eichelberger (R)
- Art Halvorson (R) – Art also took the political courage test, but in 2016. His provided answers
Show his support for Keystone XL, and his opposition to funding renewable developments and regulating greenhouse gas emissions. He also ignores science by checking no on the “Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change” question.
- John Joyce (R)
- Doug Mastriano (R) – Doug is an advocate for energy independence through exploiting domestic fossil fuels. He also wants to take down current environmental regulations.
- Travis Schooley (R)
- Bernard Washabaugh II (R)
Our pick: Tom Prigg
- Army Veteran, Journalist, Research Associate
- Summary: Sustainability = sustainable economy.
Tom supports renewable energy initiatives because they are sustainable, and not just with energy. He’s excited at the opportunities clean energy can bring to the job market in Pennsylvania, and with that, a sustainable economy. Unlike fossil fuels, the sun isn’t running out anytime soon. So for these reasons, Tom fully supports steps needed to make the switch to renewable energy happen.
Other District 14 Candidates:
- Adam Sedlock (D) – Honorable mention! Adam’s concerns about climate change stem from the danger pollution causes people and workers. He believes climate change is a bipartisan issue that cannot and should not be neglected.
- Robert Solomon (D)
- Bibiana Boerio (D) – Bibiana promises to conserve our natural resources.
- Guy Reschenthaler (R)
- Rick Saccone (R)
Our pick: Wade Jodun
- Biologist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Summary: One Fish Two Fish–population restored.
We like Wade because of his involvement in helping many endangered aquatic species, including the Atlantic Salmon! His work shows the dedication he has to keeping delicate ecosystems intact and finding it our responsibility to do so. Secondly, Wade recognizes the importance of keeping our air and water clean and clear of toxins and pollutants. Not just for your health, but for your, drinking, eating (fish!) and recreation.
Other District 15 Candidates:
Susan Boser (D)
Glenn Thompson (R) incumbent – We are not very impressed with your current Representative. He seems to find the government “in the way of” energy potential. Without specifically saying so on his website, it seems pretty evident he means fossil fuel production. How do we know? He approved of the Keystone XL pipeline and opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source).
Our pick: Robert Multari
- Summary: Clean energy and responsible fracking.
We know what you’re thinking. Fracking? How can you pick someone who supports fracking? Here us out. While we normally disapprove plans to continue fracking (because of health risks to people and the planet), Robert has a plan in place to do so responsibly and sensibly. He sees fracking as more of a realistic compromise to get us going with renewable energy sources. First, ditch coal altogether. Coal as an energy source is declining already and he is good at moving on. Second, despite his apparent dislike of fracking, he acknowledges the “trillions of dollars worth of gas and oil” below our feet and cannot deny the number of (temporary) jobs this can create for the country and Pennsylvania.
Now, the good news. Robert’s fracking plan starts with taxes. If we tax gas and oil that comes out of the ground and place fees on waste disposal, this can generate some serious funds. Funding for what? You ask. Here comes the green stuff. The plan is investing into developing green energy, making sure ALL safety regulations are being met (environmental and people ones) through each part of the process, researching effects of fracking and adjusting practices accordingly, and safeguarding air, water, and land. He places a strong emphasis on investing in renewable energy solutions, recognizing that fracking is temporary, just as the coal industry had been. And he doesn’t want to wait to start those developments either. This isn’t a fracking-now, renewable-later situation. This is a both-now-for-easier-transition-to-100%-renewable-energy plan.
Other District 16 Candidates:
- Mike Kelly (R) – incumbent – Mike wants to continue coal and natural gas extraction for the “all of the above” (and “everything below”) energy plan. He is not opposed to pursuing renewable sources. Mike supports Keystone XL but opposes regulating greenhouse gas emissions (source).
- Chris Rieger (D) – Supports funding renewable energy sources, regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and increased regulating of fracking (source).
- Ronald Dincola (D)
Our pick: Ray Linsenmayer
- Financer at the Pentagon for renewable projects
- Summary: Clean energy for the troops.
First off, we must discuss Ray’s Pentagon gig. This guy helped get funding from the private sector to the Pentagon so they could invest in getting renewable energy (of all kinds–wind, solar, biomass) installed on Army bases. Bringing the green to our military. He values the switch to clean, domestic energy so we don’t have to rely on foreign oil anymore. Furthermore, he hopes this will help European allies to do the same (and get themselves out of Russian grip). But apart from international affairs, climate change poses a threat to our health, and Ray knows that.
Other District 17 Candidates:
- Conor Lamb (D) – Conor wants to keep your air and water clean and healthy but supports natural gas energy production. He claims to only support responsible extraction, but ideally, we want someone fighting for just the green stuff.
- Keith Rothfus (R) incumbent – Your current Rep supports Keystone XL and funding for renewable energy developments. He opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas production (source).
Our pick: Michael Doyle
- Incumbent since 1994
- Summary: Good track record.
Michael has been your Representative for a long time now. During this time, he has not approved Keystone XL because it did not meet all the environmental requirements. He also supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. He recognizes the importance of making sure pollutants aren’t harming people, which is why he’s showed his support for the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts (source).
Other District 18 Candidates:
- Janis Brooks (R) – Janis is a pretty decent choice because she warns us about pollutants’ negative health effects and strengthens our means of regulating pollution and greenhouse emissions (source). However, she discusses extracting “natural resources” safely while also pursuing renewable energy options.