Energy & the Environment
To anyone who denies the reality of climate change, Max urges them to come and visit Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn, where you can still see some of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy’s wrath. Max understands that climate change is one of the greatest national security crises that we face. Max is committed to combating climate change and is advocating for the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, so that we can be a global leader again in moving to a renewable energy future. Global warming is a global problem and can only be solved every country coming together, including the United States.
Max believes that a carbon-free economy must be our North Star. To achieve this we need to recognize the fact that if we don’t have a battery of the 21st century—one that can actually conserve large amounts of green energy—we’ll never be able to fully transition to a carbon-free economy. Max is urging Congress to launch an Apollo Project for batteries that is bold and smart to crack the code. A big part of combating climate change also includes making our infrastructure greener in the process with smart grids and alternative energy systems.
Our community has been the victim of polluters and climate change throughout its modern history. In the recently released American Lung Association's 2018 "State of the Air" report, Staten Island received an "F" in ozone pollution, having nearly twice the amount of high ozone days than the next closest borough. Our district has unusually high rates of asthma, breast cancer, and autism and it is impossible not to acknowledge environmental factors as a cause. The most common Staten Island cancer conditions also consistently rank in the Top 15 cancers caused by 9/11 toxins exposure, according to the World Trade Center Health Program. Max is a leader in Congress on permanently reauthorizing the 9/11 Compensation Fund so that all of our first responders get the care they need.