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ERIK FOR COLORADO - Elect Erik Stanger to US House in Colorado's 6th District
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PRIORITIES

For US to move forward, someone has to get into power and choose to share that power. My policy in Congress is the same as my personal code of ethics: absolute transparency and transformative progress. I will form an open Citizen's Council and hold regular town halls to encourage constituent participation in the passing of legislation that will affect their lives.

How can we trust that representatives will be able to modernize our informational and physical infrastructure if they don't know anything about it? Will private firms be able to keep our personal data safe? The Equifax hack was the largest financial breach in history, with over half of Americans personal and private credit data was stolen by unknown agents. Despite this massive hack, this disseminated data still determines if you can get a car loan or a mortgage for a home. It has never been more important to secure our private data and protect internet freedom.


Healthcare is a Human Right

Every other developed nation on the planet has universal healthcare. America has one of the most advanced healthcare systems, yet we pay the highest cost on prescription drugs and basic medical care. We can only be great when we join the rest of the world and take care of our own people.

A legislative solution to #HealthCareForAll will ensure job security for the entire medical profession. Universal healthcare will mean Americans will no longer die of preventable diseases, worry about going into debt for being sick, and can join the rest of the developed world in having increased productivity and quality of life.


Massive Reinvestment in Renewable Energy

We need to compete on the global market and the resources we use moving forward must be renewable. Enhancing with solar panels only 4% of the surface area of the US would provide energy independence for our whole country. Putting renewables in every hand and on every roof will reverse climate change and create global energy independence.


Environment

The military, US national security and intelligence agencies all agree that climate change is real, manmade, and dangerous. I trust our military. If US armed services are planning for the impending outcomes of rapid, permanent changes in climate, then its devastating effects are already here. We have to tackle this challenge head on. There's no time for science deniers.

The use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in residential communities is a recipe for disaster. To keep Colorado safe we must end all current plans for future drilling sites and remove old pipelines and facilities as we move away from fossil fuels. I'm calling for a complete moratorium on all fracking in the State of Colorado. Our neighbors in Oklahoma have experienced five to nine times the amount of earthquakes since they began fracking. The science is in: fracking is a major contributing factor to polluting the Colorado River which runs right into the Pacific Ocean. Rising ocean temperatures are linked to the increase in frequency and intensity of natural disasters, from earthquakes to hurricanes and tornadoes.

There are many alternative forms of energy available that don't destroy our precious lands, pollute our water and air, and add to climate change. It's a no-brainer to invest in renewables. Colorado can be a leading world economy if we infuse renewables into every aspect of infrastructure. To move forward on this I have pledged to support Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (HR 3617) so the US moves rapidly towards 100% renewable energy by 2035.


Modernize Physical and Digital Infrastructure

Roads, bridges, and airports across America are crumbling. If we fast track repairs using the same methods, without considering the environmental impact and using nonrenewable resources, we will be dealing with this problem forever. Renewable resources such as solar and wind, and carbon-negative processes and materials like hempcrete need be used on infrastructure projects.

The City of Denver is already known as a mecca for the world's leading designers. I was an early supporter of the Denver Hyperloop Project to provide affordable and extremely high-speed transportation around the Metro area. Working with the top designers we can engineer plans to cover rooftops, parking garages and lots with solar panels, tie in independent power sources to community grids, and power our homes and businesses with the limitless power of the sun.


Internet Access For All

Since the turn of the 21st century internet access has been necessary to communicate with employers. Anything required to acquire a job should be considered a civil right, the UN recognized internet access as a civil right, yet many Americans still don't have this basic necessity.

We must establish net neutrality and an open and free internet. Securing net neutrality with Title 2 will ensure a free and open internet that will allow new educational and entrepreneurial opportunities. Our digital infrastructure needs to be updated just as badly as our physical infrastructure.

My plan for citywide broadband internet access for Aurora and Centennial is scalable countywide to cover the whole Denver Metro area, and eventually statewide broadband internet that will be cost-neutral to municipalities and provide internet access to all Colorodans. The physical architecture of this network can be scaled to national internet, which can be layered to create fee-free access to provide opportunity to the underprivileged to find a new job or engage in the national conversation.


Election Reform and Security

Gerrymandering is detrimental to our democracy. An independent nonpartisan council must determine district borders. Election Day (every first Tuesday of November) should be established as a National Holiday to raise morale and encourage more people to get involved in the democratic process.

The Election of 2016 was the most expensive political race in US history. Citizens United made it possible for untraceable and sometimes illegally gained dark money to influence American elections. We must pass a Constitutional Amendment to repeal Citizens United.