North Carolina boasts an abundance of natural resources and some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. The agricultural and outdoor industries make up a significant portion of our state’s economy but are endangered by the corporations that have been allowed to pollute our waterways over the last decade without any repercussions. As our district grows, access to clean drinking water becomes even more important and we must hold these companies accountable for the pollution they create so that we can preserve our natural resources. I believe that the future of Western North Carolina lies in the creation of green jobs and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This transition to cleaner, healthier and eventually cheaper energy sources will help to combat climate change while stimulating the economy.