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Greg Pilkington on Hurricane Irma and Florida’s Infrastructure

Across District 15 are in the process cleaning up, making repairs and trying to bring their lives back to order after Hurricane Irma.

We are still inundated with debris and waiting for roofers, tree contractors and others to fit us in their very busy schedules.  In Polk County alone, more than 18,000 structures were damaged. It is beginning to dawn on the people of District 15 and across the state that we will be dealing with the damage of Hurricane Irma left for quite awhile.

Besides the damage that we experienced personally, Hurricane Irma strained out state’s infrastructure to its limits. Years of de-regulation and over-growth has left our state vulnerable. Since Hurricane Irma swept through there are sinkholes opening across Central Florida, there is a bridge in Merritt Island nearing collapse and wastewater has contaminated several areas of the state.

We must not be lured back into complacency once our roofs are repaired and the debris is removed. Our leaders at the local state and federal level need to work to identify the weaknesses in our infrastructure and put in a place a plan to resolve the issues that they find. Repairing and modernizing our infrastructure will also bring us much-needed jobs.This will be a difficult and expensive task but it is necessary to protect our state and its people. We also need to implement a plan to address rising sea levels along all of the coasts of Florida.

As your Congressman, I will fight to repair and modernize District 15 and the rest of Florida’s infrastructure. We can no longer afford to be ignored.

I need your help. Please donate to the Greg Pilkington for Congress campaign today.

Greg Pilkington on Climate Change: I’m not a scientist but I can learn from one.

Unlike Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, I do think that now is the time to talk about climate change and global warming.

In spite of the fact that our current president has called global warming “a Chinese hoax” we need to open our minds and listen to what the experts have tried to tell us.

It’s time that we quit treating how we address climate change science as a political football and do the real work that is overdue. Many of our politicians are lining their pockets with easy money from Big Energy and Big Business and turning a deaf ear to the scientists across the world that are studying the effects of climate change and global warming on our planet.

Below is a video of a visualization based on GISTEMP data.

In just over a month the U.S. was hit by 3 devastating hurricanes. While it could be months if not years to collect and analyze the data from these storms, we can agree that these massive storms feed off warm water. With water temperatures rising and coastal areas having a higher risk of severe flooding due to rising seas the damage from these powerful storms grows.

The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is estimated at $200 billion dollars. As of right now, the damage estimates from Hurricane Maria are not available but the devastation to the island of Puerto Rico is massive. Reports are that the entire island is without power and that the power grid will need to be rebuilt. It is also reported that over 70% of the buildings are either damaged or destroyed. While buildings can be rebuilt the lives lost in each of these disasters can never be replaced.

 

Photo courtesy of https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/28/after-hurricane-harvey-tips-filing-insurance-claim/606546001/

Sean Sublette a former broadcast meteorologist, suggests that fellow meteorologists owe it to the public to discuss how climate change can affect weather and its potential impact. This is a good way to bring the science of climate change into the mainstream consciousness.

No, we do not have all the answers. We cannot blame these storms solely on climate change and global warming. We can take a step back and look at what factors lead to the development of these huge and dangerous hurricanes and what steps we can take to prepare for increased sea levels and the possibility of these monster storms in the future.

Now is not the time to hide our heads in the sand and ignore the science that could help us understand how we can protect ourselves, our property and our future.

As your Congressman in Florida’s District 15, I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to address issues that affect the health of our environment, our infrastructure and our response to these disasters. I will not ignore these issues and take money from special interests that are more concerned with profit margins instead of protecting people’s lives and property.

You can help me take this fight to Washington. Please donate to Greg Pilkington for Congress today!

 

 

Greg Pilkington on Climate Change: I’m not a scientist but I can learn from one.

Unlike Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, I do think that now is the time to talk about climate change and global warming.

In spite of the fact that our current president has called global warming “a Chinese hoax” we need to open our minds and listen to what the experts have tried to tell us.

It’s time that we quit treating how we address climate change science as a political football and do the real work that is overdue. Many of our politicians are lining their pockets with easy money from Big Energy and Big Business and turning a deaf ear to the scientists across the world that are studying the effects of climate change and global warming on our planet.

Below is a video of a visualization based on GISTEMP data.

In just over a month the U.S. was hit by 3 devastating hurricanes. While it could be months if not years to collect and analyze the data from these storms, we can agree that these massive storms feed off warm water. With water temperatures rising and coastal areas having a higher risk of severe flooding due to rising seas the damage from these powerful storms grows.

The damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma is estimated at $200 billion dollars. As of right now, the damage estimates from Hurricane Maria are not available but the devastation to the island of Puerto Rico is massive. Reports are that the entire island is without power and that the power grid will need to be rebuilt. It is also reported that over 70% of the buildings are either damaged or destroyed. While buildings can be rebuilt the lives lost in each of these disasters can never be replaced.

 

Photo courtesy of https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/08/28/after-hurricane-harvey-tips-filing-insurance-claim/606546001/

Sean Sublette a former broadcast meteorologist, suggests that fellow meteorologists owe it to the public to discuss how climate change can affect weather and its potential impact. This is a good way to bring the science of climate change into the mainstream consciousness.

No, we do not have all the answers. We cannot blame these storms solely on climate change and global warming. We can take a step back and look at what factors lead to the development of these huge and dangerous hurricanes and what steps we can take to prepare for increased sea levels and the possibility of these monster storms in the future.

Now is not the time to hide our heads in the sand and ignore the science that could help us understand how we can protect ourselves, our property and our future.

As your Congressman in Florida’s District 15, I can promise you that I will work tirelessly to address issues that affect the health of our environment, our infrastructure and our response to these disasters. I will not ignore these issues and take money from special interests that are more concerned with profit margins instead of protecting people’s lives and property.

You can help me take this fight to Washington. Please donate to Greg Pilkington for Congress today!

 

 

Greg Pilkington: Let’s talk about Florida’s Infrastructure and Hurricane Irma’s Impact

Now that we are in the process of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma we need to have a talk.

One of the things that a catastrophic event will do is pull the cover off any inadequacies in our systems. Hurricane Irma did just that and Florida has a lot of work to do.

We need to take a hard look at the infrastructure problems in out state. Particularly, our state’s sewage infrastructure. Our state stinks. Sewage has seeped into clean waters across the state.

“Pollution reports submitted to Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection show that, due to power outages and flooding caused by Irma, human waste has been spilling into streets, residences, and waterways across the entire state. At the time of this article’s publication, at least 113 “Public Notices of Pollution” had been submitted to the DEP. Combined, those discharge reports showed more than 28 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage released in 22 counties. The total amount is surely much more; at least 43 of those reports listed either an “unknown” or “ongoing” amount of waste released and new reports continue to roll in—sometimes as many as a dozen per hour.” – Emily Atkin, New Republic 

Please take time to read the full article, Florida’s Poop Nightmare Has Come True 

Our wastewater systems are suffering from old age and we need to work on a federal, state and local level to correct the issues and bring our systems up-to-date. The serious threats from climate change only complicate the problems.

As your Congressman, I will work to address the infrastructure problems in District 15, the state of Florida and across the nation. We can no longer ignore our crumbling and out-dated infrastructure.

We need new leadership in District 15 and I need your help to win in 2018. Please donate to the Greg Pilkington for Congress campaign.Your  support is greatly appreciated.

Greg Pilkington for Congress: Wake Up District 15! Climate Change is hurting all of us!

“Fifty inches of rain in Houston! This is a shot across our bow, a hurricane the width of Florida going up the center of Florida! Tyson exclaimed, in an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that aired Sunday. “What will it take for people to recognize that a community of scientists are learning objective truths about the natural world and that you can benefit from knowing about it?”

We need leaders in Washington that are willing to be part of the conversation on climate change. If we do not pull our heads out of the sand and confront these very real problems we will more than likely continue to experience these catastrophic events. Here in Florida, the climate change threat is real and tangible.

As your Congressman, it will be my job to protect District 15 any way that I can.

To do this I need your help. Please donate to my campaign and support my efforts. We are all in this fight and we can make a difference.

To donate visit, https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/pilkingtonwebsite

 

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: It might be too late to save cities from climate change

It’s Labor Day and we need to talk about wages and jobs.

 

For most Labor Day is a day of cookouts, swimming and great sales at department stores.

Federal workers and some of the private sector get the day off while for others it’s just another day at work.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Labor Day is “a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers.” The holiday is a “yearly national tribute” to the “contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.”

6 days after the end of the Pullman strike where 30 people lost their lives after the federal government was sent to enforce a court injunction to end the strike.  This was the first ever national strike and crippled railroad travel across the country.

Pullman workers were required to live in Pullman city a 3000-acre swath of land owned by the company in Chicago. They shopped at the Pullman owned stores and even had to pay the company to use the library.

In 1893 in the midst of the Great Depression, the Pullman company cut wages for their workers by 25% or more while keeping the rents in Pullman City the same. As you can imagine this created a very difficult situation for the workers and their families. They took to the streets in protest and in turn, their fight was felt across the nation.

Labor Day was created as an appeasement to the unions that stood with the Pullman workers and over the years has become a day where unions and workers gather to support workers rights.

Right now many workers are faced with low wages and little opportunity. In the video above you will find what I think our workers deserve and what I will do when I am elected to Congress to help them get the wages and benefits that they should have in the world’s wealthiest country.

Take some time today to consider what we can do to bring good paying jobs into District 15 and how we can increase wages for our area workers in a state known for its low wages.

 

You Can Drop off Hurricane Harvey Donations at our Valrico Office at 3102 SR-60 E. between 8am-2pm

Our campaign office is a drop off- station for Hurricane Harvey donations in East Hillsborough.

Our entire nation will have to pull together to see Texas through this devastating event. Any help would be very much appreciated.

  • toiletries
  • inflatable mattresses
  • cleaning tools
  • diapers
  • non-perishable food items
  • feminine products
  • bedding
  • clothing
  • and more

Visit our Valrico Office at 3102 SR-60 E. between 8am-2pm.  We have donations coming in from all over the area!

Thank you so much for your help and God Bless.

all over the area!

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Congressional Candidate Greg Pilkington on Working Together

I was working on the above video when I read about the tragedy in Charlottesville, Va.

I believe it makes this message even more important.

At this moment in American history, we are divided and it has to stop.  These divisions are wreaking havoc on our country, impeding our progress and encouraging a loss of respect for our nation around the world.

We not only need to bring America together but we need to bring our leaders together. The partisan efforts to pass legislation of such great importance to all Americans as healthcare, spotlighted the system’s failures.

Congress as of this writing has an approval rating of 20%. The main reason that Americans do not have faith in Congress is that they feel that Congress is broken. We can fix that.

We need to get rid of career politicians and rein in the huge sums of money in politics. We need our Congress to work for the people, not Wall St, Big Banks, Big Business and special interests.

To do this we MUST work together for the greater good of our nation so that we serve ALL of our citizens. That is the kind of Congressman that I want to be.

There is no way forward unless we construct legislation in an open and bipartisan manner that has the needs of its people at its core.Greg Pilkington, Congressional Candidate Fl. District 15

 

 

Congressional Candidate Greg Pilkington on Immigration

Immigration Reform in America is long overdue.

Immigration reform is a complicated issue that requires thoughtful, realistic common sense policies that help keep families together.

The approach of this current presidential administration is dangerous and unrealistic. Immigrants, both legal and illegal live in fear as they try to support their families and build better lives.

It is my belief that we should allow compassion to be our guide in creating policies that address the long-standing issues in our immigration laws. There is a middle ground that can be reached if a bi-partisan effort is made to address the problems.

This is an economic issue. We need immigrants as part of our workforce. One area of the U.S. economy that is affected greatly by this issue is our agricultural businesses. Most often their business model is based on cheap immigrant labor. If this is disrupted the cost of food will increase and that creates an economic difficulty for many American households. That being said, it is wrong to punish an illegal immigrant for coming to the U.S. to work and not punish the company that looked the other way and hired them without documentation. They should be held accountable and the current laws should be applied.

As I said in the video, “As your Congressman, I will be a persuasive voice advocating for reason and compassion in these debates.”

Congressional Candidate Greg Pilkington on Veterans

District 15 needs a Congressman that will stand up for America’s veterans

In the above video, I address how I plan to support our veterans. Our current Congressman has ignored this issue for too long.  Keep in mind, it is not just him but the archaic policies and lack of funding from Washington that leaves many of our veterans struggling.

Right now the Veterans Administration is struggling to address the needs of the men and women that have served our country.

I am sure that you have heard reports that VA hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers that are unable to provide health care services in a timely manner, that older locations are in need of repair and that they are in desperate need of new facilities across our nation. They must be given the funding to combat the mental health and addiction issues of the veteran population. Right now 1 in every 4 suicides is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. There must be more dollars made available for research to better serve our vets needs.

Did you know that Florida Florida has the 3rd highest veteran population in the U.S.?

We also have one of the highest populations of homeless veterans. In the U.S.,  there are close to 50,000 veterans and 1 in 4 of those are homeless and about 2/3 of those have mental issues. This is unacceptable. We need to do more to combat homelessness in Florida and nationwide.

The unemployment rate among vets is 150%  the national rate among non-vets.

We must sure that returning veterans have the education and training that they need to find a job and to take advantage of opportunities on the home front.  We need to provide programs for disabled veterans that will help them with rehabilitation and finding employment. Veterans with disabilities are 2x more likely to live in poverty.  Consider this, 22% of veterans return to take positions in our federal government. When government agencies are drastically cut back or eliminated this affects veterans tremendously. We must honor our promise to our veterans and give them what they need to transition from service to the nation’s workplace.

I will fight against the privatization of the Department of Veteran Affairs.

We owe each and every one of our veterans the right to live with dignity and to feel that they are respected. We owe their families, the mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons and daughters that sacrifice so that their loved ones can protect our country.

As your Congressman, my door will always be open to veteran groups and I will always be ready to discuss the problems that our vets face and to work towards solutions. Our current Congressman has ignored our veteran population for too long.

It’s time we do what is right for our veterans.

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