Jul 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Access to an affordable college education for lower and middle income families has long been an essential part of the American story, including my own. I would not have been able to afford a college education had I not taken out loans and done work-study programs. As our economy continues to rebound from the worst recession since the great depression, we need to make higher education more affordable, not less.
Jul 15, 2014 Op-Eds
When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices.
Jun 19, 2014 Op-Eds
Diversifying our military’s energy supply isn’t some pipe dream touted solely by the environmental community or ideological politicians; it is a top priority for military leaders who view it as a national security imperative that will improve mission readiness and save American lives. That alone is enough reason to earn the support of the American people and their government. But we know that this strategy will also bring significant economic benefits.
Jun 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Over the last two years the federal government spent more than $136 billion on relief for weather related incidents (like wildfires). My bill, the 'Strengthening the Resiliency of our Nation on the Ground (STRONG) Act,' will make communities more resilient to disasters through the creation of an information clearinghouse for state and local use, saving taxpayer money and lives.
May 15, 2014 Op-Eds
Locally, the San Diego Foundation, UC San Diego's Environment and Sustainability Initiative and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography teamed up to look at how a changing climate would impact our region. This collaborative effort to identifying the problem and crafting innovative solutions is the hallmark of our region and will be necessary to preparing our communities for the future impacts of climate change and extreme weather.
Apr 10, 2014 Op-Eds
It isn’t hard to remember the days when solar was relegated to school science fairs — a source of energy that sounded nice but would only be practical in the far-out, distant future. But today, solar companies are providing consumers with cheap, clean and renewable energy while creating new middle-class jobs. In fact, America added 20,000 solar jobs last year alone.
Apr 9, 2014 Op-Eds
Earth Day should encourage us to reflect on what we are doing to make our planet a more sustainable and livable place. The work we've done in San Diego to make our oceanfront cleaner and safer can be a model for other communities across the country. A healthy ocean is vital to our economy and well-being. We need clean and healthy oceans to sustain tourism and fisheries. In Congress, I am focused on the effects of climate change including ocean acidification and sea-level rise - both of which are threats to healthy oceans that sustain life on- and off-shore.
Apr 4, 2014 Op-Eds
One of the most important jobs I have in Congress is providing the people of Poway, Coronado, and San Diego with a number of constituent services.
Mar 26, 2014 Op-Eds
Much of this damage could be prevented with better planning and infrastructure to make our communities, businesses and institutions more resilient. For this reason, and on behalf of small-business owners and members of the American Sustainable Business Council, we support the bipartisan Strengthening the Resiliency of Our Nation on the Ground (STRONG) Act to develop and improve local extreme weather resiliency.