Economic growth and protecting our environment are not incompatible. In fact, in order to increase our gains in Annapolis, we need to re-frame environmental issues as economic issues, not just moral issues.
Investing in renewable energy, such as wind and solar, will grow the economy, bring new jobs, and establish new non-tax revenue for the state. Maryland currently uses less than 5% wind and solar energy. Leslie supports the goal post of 100% renewable energy by 2035, which will create green jobs in economically depressed communities.
Longer-term, we need to eliminate the need to purchase energy from other states, and produce the energy we need at home in Maryland. We can aim to sell surplus energy to surrounding states. This is a new growth opportunity for Maryland, which could dramatically change the state's fiscal health.
As a Delegate, Leslie will:
- Work with the agricultural industry and farmers in finding solutions to reduce toxins and pesticides that are polluting our air and pouring into the Chesapeake Bay.
- Promote solutions to reduce air pollution, including phasing out waste incineration as a tier one energy source.
- Prioritize investment in electric buses, expand MARC services, and, with partners, bring our transit system to a world-class system.
- Lay the groundwork for partnerships with ride-sharing companies, like Lyft and Uber, to bring residents from home to Metro hub for a nominal fee, eliminating the need for parking/walking, and taking cars off of the road during rush hour commutes.