Climate Change and Environmental Justice

Delaware Democrats share a deep commitment to protecting our environment and tackling climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions using clean energy and energy independence. Energy efficiency is good for the economy and good for our environment. We are committed to supporting energy efficient and sustainable public transportation, businesses, homes, and farms.

Clean Energy Development and Implementation: The Delaware Democratic Party supports efforts to transition our energy supply to distributed and centralized renewable sources. We recognize the critical need for requiring existing generation facilities to meet environmental standards and to offer incentives to decrease transportation energy needs. We must make our existing infrastructure safer and cleaner, while also building the infrastructure necessary to power clean energy, including solar and wind energy.

Environmental Justice: Delaware Democrats believe in the right to clean air and water for all Americans. We understand that climate change and pollution disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. We need to prioritize hiring and training workers to clean up the toxic brownfields that have polluted our state, and seek opportunities to return these sites to productive, economic use. The Delaware Democratic Party supports more cleanup requirements when any commercial property is proposed for residential development. We must expand clean energy, energy efficiency, and resilient infrastructure.

Protection of Public Land and Water: Delaware Democrats believe we must partner with our state’s farmers to be effective in keeping our air and water clean, combating climate change, and ensuring the health and preservation of our agricultural lands. The conservation of Delaware’s waterways and public lands are critical to ensuring the health and wellbeing of all Delawareans and the natural wildlife. We believe that we need policies and investments that will mitigate the effects of sea level rise, keep these areas clean and protected, as well as harness the immense social and economic potential of our public lands and waters