Coastal Virginia can be a national and global leader in our clean energy future. As a co-chair of the New Democratic Coalition Climate Change Task Force, I have laid out a bold vision for cutting greenhouse gas emissions while investing in the jobs and infrastructure of the future. For Coastal Virginians, sea level rise, recurrent flooding, and extreme weather aren’t concerns for tomorrow; they are problems we deal with every day. That is why we must act now to expand our investments in new, clean technologies like wind, solar, and advanced nuclear power.
As a nuclear engineer in the Navy, I saw firsthand that nuclear power, when deployed safely and responsibly, can play a key role in our future as a zero-carbon energy source. That is why I introduced the bipartisan Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, which will encourage innovation in the design and deployment of advanced nuclear reactor technologies.
I am also helping to lead the critical fight against drilling off the coast of Virginia. Offshore drilling threatens our national security by forcing our sailors to dodge oil platforms during training sessions. It also threatens our tourism economy by spoiling our beautiful beaches and shorelines.
That is why the first bill I cosponsored in Congress was the bipartisan Defend Our Coast Act,
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