Build the Climate Vote

Why climate votes matter

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We need champions in Congress who will fight for us – and we need to hold politicians accountable to putting people and the planet over corporate profit. Continuing to show up for elections will prove that our movement cannot be ignored.

Fossil fuel executives and other powerful corporate interests depend on voters staying home and have funded voter suppression efforts to discourage us from taking part in our democracy. We are fighting back against their underhanded tactics and driving turnout to ensure that people do not sit this election out.

We have identified key races where climate justice candidates are running, and we’re organizing to get climate voters informed and out to the polls. Check out below to find out more about the key races in the 2022 midterm elections and where candidates stand on climate.

How you can help

Greenpeace USA volunteers all over the country are writing and sending personalized letters to climate voters in key races to help turn them out to vote for climate justice candidates. Personalized letters have been shown to be one of the most effective ways to help get voters to the polls. And, it’s fun and easy to do.

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Key races where CLIMATE is on the ballot


We have identified key races where climate justice candidates are running, and we’re organizing to get climate voters informed and out to the polls.

These races are more than just elections between two candidates. These races are a referendum on the future we want. We have the chance to prove that we can build enough people power to beat fossil fuel funded politicians and elect a Congress that delivers a livable future that works for all of us.

We are writing letters to climate concerned voters in these districts because they deserve to know that there is a difference between the candidates when it comes to climate, environmental justice, and protecting our communities – and how important it is to get out to the polls.

Michigan-11

Michigan District 11 Scorecard

When two incumbents face off in a newly drawn district – like the August 2 election in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District – a handful of votes can make the difference. 

 

Andy Levin is an original sponsor of the Green New Deal and wrote the PFAS Safe Disposal Act to protect our air from toxic, forever chemicals. Levin has pledged to not take money from oil and gas companies, PACs, or lobbyists and co-sponsored the End Polluter Welfare Act, which would end fossil fuel subsidies that waste billions of our tax dollars to enrich oil and gas companies.

Read Andy Levin’s response.

 

Haley Stevens is yet to endorse the Green New Deal, has not taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, nor has she publicly supported ending all fossil fuel subsidies.

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CA-47

Democratic incumbent Katie Porter is running in a newly drawn “purple” district against top Republican challengers Scott Baugh and Brian Burley – who are mounting serious campaigns to unseat her. 

 

Katie Porter is a sponsor of the Green New Deal and she has been a strong voice for ending taxpayer-funded subsidies for the oil and gas industry. Porter called for the elimination of many long-standing fossil fuel subsidies and giveaways in the Los Angeles Times. She has also pledged to not take any money from oil and gas companies, PACs, or lobbyists. The two top Republican candidates – Scott Baugh and Brian Burley – do not support the Green New Deal and they have not called for an end to wasteful fossil fuel subsidies that use the money we pay in taxes to enrich oil and gas companies. 

 

Right now, we’re working to turn out voters for the June 7 primary. California primaries are “open” so Porter is running directly against Baugh and Burley, though the race will heat up even more in the leadup to the general election on November 8. It is critical we start building the climate vote NOW in the primaries to make sure climate voters are coming out in force throughout this election. We know voting is a habit and a person who votes in a primary election is much more likely to vote in the general election. Developing consistent voting behavior is how we win.

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CA-49

Democrat Mike Levin is running in a newly drawn “purple” district against top Republican challengers Bryan Marryott, Christopher Rodriguez – who are mounting serious campaigns to unseat him. Every vote matters.

Mike Levin is an original sponsor of the Green New Deal and has pledged to not take money from oil and gas companies, PACs, or lobbyists. Levin signed a letter urging House Leadership to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuel operations on federal lands, and wrote in a Times of San Diego piece: “Big Oil executives taking in record-breaking profits and refusing to pass savings on to consumers don’t deserve any assistance from taxpayers.” The top Republican candidates – Bryan Marryott and Christopher Rodriguez – do not support the Green New Deal and  they have not called for an end to wasteful fossil fuel subsidies that use the money we pay in taxes to enrich oil and gas companies.

 

Right now, we’re working to turn out voters for the June 7 primary. California primaries are “open” so Levin is running directly against Marryott and Rodriguez. It is critical we start building the climate vote NOW in the primaries to make sure climate voters are coming out in force throughout this election.

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TX-28

On May 24th, runoff progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros is facing off with Henry Cuellar in Texas’s 28th Congressional District.

Cisneros supports a Green New Deal, which would create millions of jobs building the green economy of the future. She also has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge – meaning she does not take money from oil and gas companies. Cisneros is an immigration and human rights attorney who is running on a platform of racial, economic, and environmental justice.

Cuellar, on the other hand, has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in lobbying and campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. He then turned around and supported handing billions of our taxpayer dollars in the form of subsidies to these same companies.

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Scorecard methodology

Greenpeace USA’s Congressional Climate Scorecard is a resource that aims to provide information to the public about political candidates’ positions on climate change, democracy, and other topics.
The scorecard is based on the candidates’ public commitments, obtained either via their campaign website, social media accounts, and/or from statements to the public or the media. We also send a questionnaire to each scored candidate to ensure they have the chance to make their position clear, or in case their position changes in the course of the campaign. Greenpeace USA commits to updating the scorecard to ensure it reflects the best and most current information on candidate positions.

For the upcoming California primary elections, the scorecard consists of three categories:

  • Does the candidate support the Green New Deal?
  • Has the candidate pledged not to take money from oil and gas companies, by signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge?
  • Does the candidate support ending all government fossil fuel subsidies?

For the Texas 28th District Democratic Runoff, we used a simplified scorecard of the first two criteria above.

For other upcoming elections we may opt to expand or change these criteria.

Read here for additional answers from the candidate questionnaires.