We must be realistic about our changing climate and prepare our state’s economy, communities, and environment for the impact of climate change — and get serious about how to stop it.
Elissa will make protecting our environment — and the businesses that depend on them — a top priority, since over 525,000 jobs in Michigan are tied to the Great Lakes. She has pledged to be a vocal champion for Michigan moving to the frontier of the “green-economy,” helping to accelerate wind and solar jobs. Since Michigan has always been a leader in advanced manufacturing, she believes they should be leading the pack in the development of renewable energy technologies, creating a new generation of high-skill, well-paid jobs in Michigan.
As protecting the state’s natural resources is a priority, appropriate oversight is required to ensure public works projects, current and future pipeline projects, and infrastructure development are conducted with the safety and preservation of our communities in mind. Unlike their current Representative, she is strongly against any proposal that would allow drilling in the Great Lakes. Line 5 poses an undeniable threat to the Great Lakes. She believes pipelines that run under the Great Lakes should not operate unless they pass independent, third-party safety standards.
The impact of climate change is being felt nationally, and can be seen in Michigan. Elissa believes climate change is an issue that must be taken seriously, and prudent planning should be undertaken to prepare for and mitigate its negative impacts. During her time at the Pentagon, her team participated in the first ever climate change survey which studied how rising sea-levels, increased temperatures, and a higher frequency of superstorms could impact our military bases.