Ron Birnbaum for Assembly | Environment
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I will push to make California a leader on 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, leading the nation.

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

I support SB 49, the California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers’ Defense Act of 2017. This bill will retain protections relating to clean air, clean water, drinking water systems, and endangered species by retaining protections under federal law in existence as of January 19, 2017, to ensure no backsliding on these crucial issues in California during the Trump administration.

I support a permanent and unconditional ban on fracking in California. I know that fracking cannot be made safe through regulation. California cannot become the green energy leader of the world by continuing to build infrastructure for fossil fuels 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.

I will also not forget that perhaps the most toxic condition faced by AD51 residents is homelessness.

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