Today the climate and environmental challenges that we face are a clear and present danger to both the United States of America at home and the human race as a whole. We cannot afford to suffer the consequences of what Betsy Southerland (former Director of the EPA Office of Science and Technology) best described as “the triumph of myth over truth.” The idea that basic environmental policies hinder economic growth is a complete and total fallacy. The lack of environmental protection threatens our lives, health, economy and way of life. I will support passage of bills aimed at making the U.S. a world leader in altering the climate metrics that will undermine habitability on the earth. Our viability as a nation will depend on it.