During his time in both the public and private sectors, Scott Peters has fought to protect the environment. In Congress, Peters will prioritize the development of a sustainable energy policy that creates jobs and makes America more energy independent. That policy includes investments in cleaner fuels and clean energy technology like wind and solar power, as well as incentives for automakers to produce fuel-efficient vehicles. He also wants to promote more bike-able and walk-able communities to improve quality of life and reduce air pollution.
Peters worked at the EPA as an economist, started a law practice focused on environmental law, and served as San Diego’s City Council President and as a member of the California Coastal Commission, which oversees development and protects natural resources along the entire California coast. During his time as a public servant, he fought to reduce sewer spills and control runoff, and he urged the adoption of a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Strategy for San Diego Bay. He also approved San Diego’s Sustainable Community Program and the Climate Protection Action Plan, a plan to reduce the city’s global warming emissions. In addition, he co-founded a national organization called the Walk-able and Live-able Communities Institute, which helps city planners find ways to incorporate more bike paths, sidewalks, and pedestrian-friendly streets so that people can get around without their cars.
Peters joins the U.S. House after defeating seven-term Representative Brian Bilbray, who has a lifetime score of 42% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011.
In his own words:
"I will make the development of a sustainable energy policy a top priority…Congress must develop and support a long-term energy strategy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels altogether."
Source: Scott Peters Campaign Website