Ron Birnbaum for Assembly | Environment
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Environment

I will push California be a leader in ending the catastrophic effects of climate change. I support a carbon tax for the state and I will work to distribute carbon tax revenues to all California citizens—to put that money back into the pockets of those who need it and keep the program focused on reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. As the world’s sixth largest economy, California can chart a clear direction for the future for others to follow.

I will ensure that California take the lead on climate research, even while retrograde influences block progress in Washington, D.C.

I support a permanent and unconditional ban on fracking in California. I know that fracking cannot be made safe through regulation. I know that California will not become the green energy leader of the world by building a fossil fuel infrastructure and creating vested interests in extracting, refining, and burning more natural gas. I also know that fracking threatens California’s precious water resources.

I will take action to regulate and decrease the use of antibiotics in farm animals. As a doctor, I am deeply concerned by the growing resistance to antibiotics and the rise of lethal resistant strains of bacteria.

And as a doctor who cares about the health of people and a legislator who won’t take a dime from corporations, you can know I will be on your side and not on the side of polluters.