I grew up hiking and camping in these mountains, first with my parents, then with the Boy Scouts and then with my friends in college. I have taken my own children hiking and camping in these mountains and have organized and lead many camping trips for my son’s Boy Scout Troop. One of the reasons I came to Greenville and the Wyche law firm was that I wanted to be like Tommy Wyche. As a Congressman, I will do everything I can to protect the environment so that Greenville and Spartanburg counties and many other parts of America will be as beautiful and joyful for generations to come as they have been for me.
- Acknowledging that Climate Change is real and is largely caused by human activity and that we need to work hard to reverse it.
- Opposing efforts to undermine the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act to reduce pollution fueling climate change, including opposing efforts to roll back implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
- Supporting America joining the Paris Climate Agreement.
- Supporting legislation that would extend and expand clean energy incentives, like permanently extending the wind production tax credit (PTC) and the solar investment tax credit (ITC) and that would strengthen existing energy efficiency standards.
- Support ending taxpayer subsidies for large oil companies.
- Opposing the expansion of offshore drilling into new areas such as the Atlantic Ocean and opposing opening the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.
- Supporting legislation that closes loopholes for the fracking industry in our major environmental laws like the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
- Maintaining strong clean car standards and promoting electric cars.
- Preserving, and not weakening, the current requirements in the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for sustainable management of our nation’s fisheries, including ending overfishing, setting science-based annual catch limits that ensure that overfishing does not occur and rebuilding depleted fish populations to healthy levels.
- Supporting legislation to fully fund and permanently authorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which uses federal revenues from the depletion of offshore oil and gas to support the conservation of lands and waterways.
- Opposing legislative efforts to undermine the Antiquities Act (which provides presidents with the authority to permanently protect special natural, cultural, and historical areas on federal public land as national monuments) by subjecting approval of national monument designations on federal public lands to state and local governments.