John knows that the health of our environment has to do with more than our state’s natural resources. It impacts the health of our economy and our physical health as well.
Address climate change and sea level rise: John believes one of the most serious threats facing Delaware is that of climate change and sea level rise. As a coastal state, adapting to and mitigating against sea level rise and global warming is critical, not only for our coastal communities but also for those in low-lying flood-prone areas. This affects our entire state, from residents of Southbridge in Wilmington to farmers in Prime Hook to small business owners in Rehoboth to the roads and bridges in Seaford.
John thinks Delaware’s next Governor needs to lead the fight to coordinate our resources and expertise so that we are as ready as we can be to cope with the effects of sea level rise. Improving our resilience by adopting common-sense practices and investing in natural defenses, like wetlands, dunes, and living shorelines, will reduce risks to communities and businesses, improve wildlife habitat, and ultimately save taxpayers money by reducing expensive cleanup costs. If elected, John would work to spur investments in energy efficiency and clean energy and continue our state’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. These efforts will support well-paying manufacturing and construction jobs, lower energy bills, and reduce climate-disrupting air pollution.
Clean up Delaware’s waterways: From the Brandywine and Christina to the Nanticoke and the Inland Bays, our state has some of the most picturesque waterways in America. Yet, more than 90% of them are not safe for drinking, swimming, or fishing. The quality of Delaware’s rivers and bays is of great concern to John. In Congress, he worked hard to advance the Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, and as Governor, John would continue his focus on cleaning up our waterways. By prioritizing investments in water infrastructure and restoration projects, John would help create new tourism and recreational opportunities, spur job creation and urban redevelopment,and increase fish and wildlife populations.
Preserve open space: Because of our beaches and bayshore, cultural heritage sites and state parks, millions of tourists visit Delaware every year. They support tens of thousands of jobs and generate billions of dollars of economic activity. John believes we can create more jobs and catalyze private sector investment by prioritizing our tourism economy, including continuing to improve recreational spaces, supporting Open Space and Farmland Preservation funding, advancing the Bayshore Initiative, and completing innovative projects like Fort DuPont.
Clean up old industrial sites: Abandoned facilities and decades-old pollution in our soil pose a danger to our groundwater and overall health. Cleaning up these brownfield sites will remove threats to our drinking water, prepare sites for redevelopment and new job creation, and reduce pressure to develop greenfields.
John wants our children and our children’s children to inherit a Delaware whose natural beauty is preserved and whose environmental resources are protected. As Governor, assuring this type of future for Delaware will be one of John’s priorities.