Climate change has reached global crisis levels. This isn't breaking news: the scientific community has had a strong consensus on this topic for well over a decade. Time is running out; we need to act immediately to save our planet from catastrophe. Fortunately, there are policies we can enact right now that can make meaningful strides in the right direction, while stimulating the economy and creating thousands of new jobs.
Renewables are becoming cheaper, and over the next couple of decades they'll begin to wholesale replace the use of fossil fuels. It's better to phase out fossil fuels on a timeline that works for our economy rather than to wait until the market eliminates jobs on its own.
To this end, our platform includes the following:
Gun violence is the third-leading cause of deaths among U.S. children and teenagers. Though mass shootings account for a small portion of these total deaths, in 2019 alone they amounted to 1,907 people killed or wounded across 409 mass shootings. That's more than one mass shooting per day. It doesn't have to be this way.
There are constitutional actions we can take to lower rates of gun deaths and make our country safer. Research shows that the most effective laws already in place are those that restrict who can gain access to a firearm rather than focusing on which particular firearms are permitted. In accordance with evidence-based approaches to curbing gun violence and a focus on ending mass shootings, YouPAC stands with the following policies:
Federal student loans are a textbook example of corruption and policy failure on a massive scale. There are currently 45 million student borrowers sharing a collective burden of $1.5 trillion, with an average balance of $28,650. For many first-time borrowers, these numbers are too large to even have meaning. Existing policies exploit a vulnerable population to line the pocketbooks of private loan providers with little oversight or compassion for student borrowers.
If we set the expectation that four-year college is the new standard of education and encourage young students, many of whom aren't even adults, to agree to take on insurmountable debt, we should make it as easy and flexible as possible for them to pay those loans back.
Pursuant to this goal, YouPAC will advocate the following policies: