As the planet continues to warm, there are numerous serious, harmful and costly consequences: from melting polar regions to rising sea levels and coastal flooding; from the increasing frequency and severity of droughts, wildfires, famines and deforestation to increasing heat waves, inland flooding, species die-offs and more. Question: What specific actions will you take in Congress to successfully address global warming and the climate crisis?
Our primary concern should be to control the Climate Crisis, not only in our country, but globally. The science shows that in order to avoid socio-environmental disaster, greenhouse gas emissions must decline by about 40 percent within about 20 years, and 80 percent by 2050. These goals are highly challenging, but are still viable if we change the way we think about and execute our energy sector. I propose steady, large-scale investments totaling about 1.5-2 percent of global GDP (between $1.3 and $1.7 trillion) on an annual basis in energy efficiency and clean renewable energy sources. Levels in 2011 were around $227 billion for global renewable investments and between $150 to $300 billion in energy efficiency, or about 30 percent where we should be. This kind of investment will also spawn expanded employment and drive economic growth.
In Congress, it is one of my imperatives to set efficiency targets and set industrial policy that will maximize investment and support private and public partnerships in green growth without broad subsidies. Most of our history shows that our best innovations have not come alone through private companies, but through large-scale public investments. Therefore, I propose 1) Large-scale public investments in clean energy, and 2) Abundant and affordable financing for private businesses (especially critical to structure loans to enable borrowers to easily pay back their loans on the basis of their annual energy savings).
I propose that we set policy that decreases dramatically the burning of oil, coal, and natural gas. It serves us no good to move towards sustainable energy if the fossil fuel industries remain at their levels of emissions outputs and profit levels. We must reduce absolute energy consumption through conservation and efficiency improvements. And we must increase the proportion of natural gas consumption relative to coal (since carbon emissions from natural gas are about half those from coal) as part of the transition to clean renewable energy.
Part of the role of government is to protect and empower its citizens. I propose that we generously support workers and communities who work in the fossil fuel industries and help their transition to new jobs and industries.
I propose that our government provides research and development support, preferential tax treatment for clean energy investments, preferential financing arrangements, and government purchasing policies. We must also move towards regulating fossil fuel and clean energy prices and emission standards. An important way to accomplish this is to create large and stable clean energy markets with the government becoming both large-scale investors in energy efficiency and purchasers of clean renewable energy. We must also simultaneously set a price on carbon emissions with a carbon tax or carbon cap to raise the market prices.
I further propose that our government guarantees a market with stable prices for clean renewables such as using feed-in tariffs for utility companies to purchase electricity from private renewable generators at prices fixed by long-term contracts, which encourages private renewable energy investors by providing a stable long-term market environment.
Cheap and accessible financing. Things like a loan guarantee program for private energy efficiency financing, provide subsidized loans for renewable and energy efficiency investments, and a “wire-charge” mechanism through which a certain percentage of annual utility net revenues (say 1 percent) are utilized for renewable and energy efficiency investments.
Lastly, I propose that we create policy that encourages and supports “Alternative Ownership Forms” like public ownership, community ownership, and small-scale private companies. Community ownership offers some good advantages:
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Aug. 17, 2018 | KZMU Moab: News Earful with 3rd District Candidate James Singer
Aug. 16, 2018 | Moab Times-Independent: Meet James Singer
Aug. 16, 2018 | Moab Sun News: James Singer campaigns in Moab
Aug. 15, 2018 | KUER (NPR Affiliate): Navajo Candidate James Singer Highlights Bears Ears In Run For Congress
Aug. 1, 2018 | KBOO Portland: From Shrinking Bears Ears, Approving Pipelines, and Pocahontas: What Trump Means to Indian Country
Jul. 23, 2018 | Millennial Politics: These Three Indigenous Democratic Congressional Candidates Want to #AbolishICE
Jul. 16, 2018 | Two Broads Talking Politics: The Utah Democrats
Jul. 16, 2018 | Millennial Politics: James Singer: Indigenous Environmentalist Democratic Socialist for Congress in Utah's 3rd
Jul. 12, 2018 | Indian Country Today: A plan for Indian nations and democracy in the 21st century: Indian Country should have fair representation in Congress; that's the democratic promise.
Jun. 24, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: As the Democrat in the race, I'd rather debate Curtis.
Apr. 9, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: Commentary: Sexual violence and harassment are men’s issues. And they’re leadership issues. Rep. John Curtis shows a lack of leadership on a serious issue.
Mar. 6, 2018 | Salt Lake Tribune: To ‘help forge our path of healing forward’ after Bears Ears, Utah tribal leaders are asking for a place on the governor’s cabinet.
Mar. 6, 2018 | KUER: Tribal Groups, House Dems Call For Creation Of Indian Affairs Cabinet Position
Oct. 9, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: American Indians gather to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Salt Lake City
Oct. 3, 2017 | City Weekly: SL Council Welcomes Indigenous Peoples Day
Sep. 18, 2017 | UPR: The Wellsville Sham Battle On Monday's Access Utah
Sep. 6, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: It’s 2017, but people in Utah still put on ‘redface’ for an inaccurate re-creation of an American Indian vs. Mormon battle
Jun. 8, 2017 | The Daily Universe: Navajo man seeks Senate diversity, challenges Hatch
May 5, 2017 | KUER: Navajo Candidate Latest In Young, Progressive Democrats Running For Congress
May 4, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: Navajo candidate announces bid as Democrat for Hatch's seat
Apr. 27, 2017 | Cache Valley Daily: Navajo candidate announces bid for U.S. Senate
Jan. 27, 2017 | City Weekly: "Make America Smart Again" Water protectors congregate to denounce Trump's DAPL reignition
Jan. 17, 2017 | Salt Lake Tribune: It's 'more than just clean water now': Utah activists protest Dakota Access Pipeline
Oct 31, 2016 | FOX 13: Police make several arrests in Dakota Access Pipeline protest in SLC
Oct. 12, 2015 | UPR: Cultural Appropriation on Monday's Access Utah