During his time as Mayor and as a United States Senator, Chafee worked for environmental protections that encourage economic development and alternative energy solutions because these assets can transform our economy into one that can sustain our prosperity and quality of life for future generations.
As a United States Senator, he authored one of the most important environmental bills in a generation, the Brownfields Act. This bill has enabled thousands of older properties to be returned to the tax rolls or converted to green space here in Rhode Island and across the United States. A local example of the impact this legislation had can be seen at Johnson and Wales, where a grant was provided to redevelop a contaminated site into student housing. Redeveloping these "Brownfield" sites continues to provide positive effects on the environment, while also offering new opportunities for economic growth by creating a path to productive use.
We must all work together to produce clean, renewable and alternative energy. Use of renewable energy will reduce some of the damage to our environment that has been occurring for decades. A combination of focus on renewable energy, recycling and re-connecting businesses with sustainability will not only benefit the environment but the economy as well.
Chafee has a record that demonstrates independence and leadership on environmental issues ranging from mercury pollution, fuel emissions, greenhouse gases, global warming and protecting special regions and wildlife. Examples of legislation he supported include urging the EPA to support stronger mercury regulations, voting to reduce oil usage by 40% by 2025, instead of the originally proposed 5% reduction, supporting immediate reductions in greenhouse gases, and fighting to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Our nation's energy crisis has been building for over thirty years; therefore we must acknowledge that there is no single policy option. We must continue to address our environmental issues so that future generations of Rhode Islanders can enjoy the splendor of the Ocean State.
Linc Chafee is a tested leader of unquestioned integrity and a strong independent voice. As Governor, he will work hard to create new jobs, rebuild our economy, solve our chronic budget problems, end corruption, and forge a new way forward for Rhode Island.