From wildfires and heat waves harming health in our communities to droughts and hot-dry summers hurting the biggest sectors of our economy, some of the Central Valley’s worst problems are exacerbated by climate change. In Congress, Phil will fight for clean energy, updated water infrastructure, and the resources we need to address the impact of our changing climate
In the Central Valley, 1 in 6 kids grow up with asthma. That’s twice the national average. Phil knows what that’s like; he had asthma growing up in Fresno, and now so does his son. Even on days without wildfire smoke, we still have some of the dirtiest air in the country leading to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, respiratory problems, and other bad health outcomes. For us, lowering emissions and investing in clean energy isn’t just about the climate, it’s an immediate public health crisis.
As your representative, Phil will work to make sure everyone has a seat at the table because he knows that solutions that only include one perspective aren’t real solutions. There’s no silver bullet for solving our water crisis, but by coming together to find ways to conserve, and investing in water storage, conservation, and new technologies in recycling and desalination, we can build a more stable water future.
Phil also knows that drought isn’t our only water problem; thousands of families in the Central Valley don’t have access to clean water. He will work to ensure that everyone has stable access to safe, clean water to live their lives and put food on the table.