Having spent most of his life in South Carolina, Jaime remembers when historic floods happened once in a lifetime instead of regularly. Now, sea level rise in Charleston and the Southeast could cost our economy $47 billion. Droughts are causing wildfires in the Upstate, and stronger hurricanes and flooding put millions at risk. Climate change is an existential threat to our coastal communities, and it is beginning to affect areas that previously never had to consider emergency preparation.
Jaime will take action to make our coastline resilient, protect our clean air and water, reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and prepare our infrastructure for rising sea levels and increasingly powerful storms. He will also fight for South Carolinians by opposing any drilling off our pristine coast.
The climate crisis also presents an opportunity for the United States to become a leader in renewable energy. Jaime supports efforts to increase research into energy-efficient technologies and alternative energy sources. In the meantime, Jaime believes we must make immediate investments in public transportation, resilient infrastructure, and carbon capture. These investments are not just good for our environment. They make economic sense as well.
Additionally, Jaime recognizes the importance of stabilizing the communities most hurt by climate change. That is why he is proposing both an Environmental Justice Fund to reinvest in sustainable infrastructure in the hardest-hit communities as well as increased support for Superfund clean-up.