We are now at a crossroads, and combating climate change is the pivotal challenge of our generation. Living on the coast, we must be hyper-vigilant to ensure a safe and prosperous future for our community. Based on the failure of the federal government to bring leadership or implement serious policy, state and local governments must step in to fill the void. Sustainable, clean energy, such as solar and wind with high capacity battery storage, is the future, and Nassau County must not be left behind as the world moves forward. I support adopting green energy standards for public and private industry, incentivizing renewable industries, and removing government impediments for private transformation. Not only will we be combating climate change, but this will bring the added benefit of new jobs and a boost for the local economy from the renewable energy industry. Major countries all around the world have committed to a net zero carbon goal by 2050. Why can’t we? In our own backyard, the Town of East Hampton will be fossil fuel free by next year. Let’s show leadership in Nassau and ensure a safe future for our kids!