Climate and  Environment

Houstonians deserve clean air, clean water, and a thriving energy industry focused on the future. 


Clean Air 

In Harris County alone, 96,000 kids and 186,000 adults live with asthma. In the Greater Houston Area, asthma is the third leading reason for children under 15 being hospitalized and contributes significantly to school absenteeism. We can fix this problem – currently, $1.3 billion dollars to reduce air pollution sit in Austin, unused by the current Texas legislature. Houstonians need someone in Austin to fight for their health and allocate this fund. 

We need someone who takes pollution seriously – and lets citizens into the government process. The Texas Legislature has repeatedly supported bills that make it more difficult for citizens and local governments to crack down on air and water pollution violations.

Flood Mitigation 

 The Texas Legislature also needs to do more to reduce the devastating floods that are becoming a constant in the Greater Houston Area.  We should create a statewide disaster risk management plan that incorporates the best available science – and ensures that smaller communities don’t get left by the wayside when disaster relief gets spent. We also need to build smarter, constructing stormwater infrastructure that works with our environment instead of against it.

In 2017, months before Hurricane Harvey, my opponent voted against creating a regular report on green stormwater management and storm-reduction infrastructure. This is a failure of leadership, and not what the citizens of HD 135 deserve at our state capitol. ​​

Clean Energy Future: for our health, and for a stronger Economy

Investing in a clean energy future will reduce childhood asthma, water pollution, and flooding – and it helps both the Texas economy and ratepayers. Wind and solar power are now the two cheapest forms of electricity in Texas. However, our wind and solar generation lag behind states with worse natural resources. Currently, solar energy is only 1% of Texas electricity production, even though it’s the cheapest way to cut down on expensive A/C costs at the hottest, sunniest parts of the day.
In addition, clean energy jobs are the fastest-growing in America. By the end of 2016, there were more than 100,000 jobs related to the wind industry nationwide, at least one-fifth of them in Texas. 9,000 Texans work installing rooftop solar panels.

My opponent has tried to stall this growth, voting against wind energy in 2017 and twice against rooftop solar. But promoting clean energy standards, battery technologies, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency just makes sense – both for job growth and for those sky-high summer electricity bills.