Environment

Gina believes in a balanced approach to environmental protection and believes we must have a comprehensive plan to combat climate change. Renewable energy development is both a responsible step towards keeping our communities healthy and safe and a promising source for economic growth and American jobs.

“As our great Republican President Teddy Roosevelt created many of our National Parks, Republicans should be the first to protect them, but they aren’t. Selling off our national parklands to private companies is unconscionable.” 

“Integrating our region’s environmental and economic needs must be carefully managed and everything balanced in considering opportunities for growth. In building the 21st century economy to include our North Carolina District 10, new manufacturing opportunities must be rooted in technology, clean energy, and infrastructure development.”

“The recycling of coal ash waste is an emerging technology. Duke Energy is currently embroiled in litigation with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) regarding clean up of waste produced over decades of operation from their coal-fired power plants. A great company in District 10 — that's located right near Lake Norman in Denver, North Carolina — called Nu Rock is able to complete in-place recycling of coal ash to prevent further contamination of our waters and streams. I'm pleased that the Catawba Riverkeeper organization has been supportive of this eco-friendly process and working with DEQ to resolve coal ash waste.  This benign process transforms the coal ash waste into bricks for construction of buildings, roads, and bridges.”

“Climate change is science, not fake news. It’s time to stop arguing about whether climate change is real, and get to work on plans to curb one of the most urgent problems of our lifetime. It has created many climate issues, such as the wildfires near Asheville and Lake Lure. The November 2018 National Climate Assessment sent to Congress identified wildfires in Southern Appalachia as one of the main climate-related threats facing our district. It is imperative that we address these environmental issues now."