For Immediate Release
With Urgency of Climate Crisis in Sharp Focus, Many Congressional Candidates Now Pledge to Support Ambitious “Vote Climate” Package
Candidates in Key Races are Backing the Off Fossil Fuels Act and No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge
WASHINGTON - As this month’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has intensified focus on the alarming nature of the planet’s fossil fuel-driven climate crisis, dozens of Congressional candidates from across the county have pledged to support two key climate initiatives if elected or reelected in November. 46 current Congress members and an additional 38 Congressional candidates have co-sponsored or formally pledged to co-sponsor the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future (OFF) Act (HR 3601), the most aggressive, comprehensive climate legislation yet introduced in Washington. Simultaneously, 85 Congress members or candidates have signed the No Fossil Fuels Money Pledge, a public commitment to refuse campaign funding from the fossil fuel industry.
A comprehensive list of candidates backing these two “Vote Climate” measures was released today in a report by Climate Hawks Vote and Food & Water Action, two political organizations that have been organizing support for these complementary climate initiatives and tracking their endorsers.
“As our planet fast approaches the point of no return on devastating climate catastrophe, only an urgent, aggressive transition away from fossil fuels and onto a clean, renewable energy future will save us. Congressional candidates that have pledged to both support the OFF Act and reject dirty campaign cash from the oil and gas industry are our true climate champions. As voters head to the polls in November - or vote early now - they need to know which Congressional candidates are actually fighting for the health and stability of future generations. We’ve identified them clearly right here,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Action, a co-author of the report.
"The OFF Act and No Fossil Fuel Money pledge are the two fiercest measures in today's political climate. And this report provides voters with a simple Venn diagram of those climate hawk politicians who have pledged to immediately transition to a fossil fuel free-future, those who have pledged not to listen to the fossil fuel industry's blandishments, or both," said RL Miller of Climate Hawks Vote, a co-author of the report.
The OFF Act would place a moratorium on new fossil fuels projects and move our electricity and ground transportation systems to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035, with 80 percent of that transition occurring in the next decade. It would also provide for an equitable, just transition for environmental justice communities and those currently employed in the fossil fuel industry.
Taking the No Fossil Fuels Money Pledge means that a politician or candidate’s campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, executives, or front groups of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal.
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