Although existing freeways need to be maintained for safety, there should be no expansion of freeways. Instead, redirect the money to mass transit (bus or rail) for all cities over 100,000 population and intercity passenger rail to all the continental U.S. (Use the part of the "defense" budget that would otherwise go to wars for oil.)
Invest heavily in potential technology that can clean the air and water. Along those lines, create a line of desalination vehicles and a network to save and preserve water for when it's needed. Spur on water management so areas inflicted by drought will have someplace to turn to. For areas that usually undergo drought, have the nearest possible location that averages steady rainfall to create an emergency water fund that can be transported to afflicted areas.
Transportation of petroleum via rail endangers the environment and the citizenry. There have been several explosions of these trains over the past few years as this method of oil transportation increases. Demand that the rail or the oil companies carry risk-proportionate insurance so we do not have to pay for destruction of the environment when these trains explode. Go to sightline.org to learn more.
Comprehensive Climate Change Bill It is clear from the Gulf oil spill to the California drought to Hurricane Sandy to Miami Street flooding that major action with regards to the climate is needed. It is time to follow up President Obama's climate action with China with legislation. Renewable Energy Standard, investments in desalinization, green buildings, Conservation Civilian Corp, etc. need to be a part of this piece of legilsation.
Establish federal laws to regulate the amount local utilities may charge for connecting homes and other structures generating renewable energy to the grid. Require all utilities to credit/reimburse residents and/or businesses for producing energy for the grid. Require utilities to reduce energy production as these alternate sources grow.
To better guarantee strong protections for roadless areas and National Forests, make the transition to 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for everyday products like toilet paper, paper towels, office paper. Implement tax credits for businesses that manufacture and provide 100% recycled paper products, and require all federal buildings, parks and historic landmarks to make the transition, as well as all interstate highway rest stops. A federal transition alone would create a robust market,
The USA needs to catch up with Germany - now No. 1 in sustainable energy and also China which is No. 4. USA is No. 10 or 12. In China all new buildings have to have solar hot water water systems on their roof. Of course in Wisconsin we are faced with utility companies who have decided to charge customers more money if they have solar and sustainable energy systems!! This after promoting solar, etc. Money rules and to heck with everything else.
Force the Bureau of Land Management to reveal its policies in regard to use of public land. Then, make them accountable to will of the public. For example, right now, ranchers are pushing the BLM to remove our wild horses which should be protected by law. Ranchers want to put their cattle on our lands instead. In the meantime, the BLM has captured 40,000 plus wild horses and put them in holding pens indefinitely. The cost is astronomical. And the horses are being sold to be butchered.
Maintain full strength of Endangered Species Act . Restore and maintain ESA Protections for wolves. Make tortuous leg hold traps , neck snares and aerial gunning illegal. Ditto the use of horrific poisons such as compound 1080. Prevent tax dollars for Wildlife Services from being used to assist states in wildlife slaughter.
Beginning 1/1/18, require all new construction to incorporate maximum passive and active solar techniques and technologies to achieve energy sufficiency levels set on a state-by-state basis, determined by measurements of sunlight. Also provide significant subsidies to retrofit all structures to meet 85% or more of these levels.