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For Immediate Release

Karyn Strickler, President,

Vote Climate U.S. PAC Releases Unprecedented Statewide and National Climate Change Voter's Guide

Find Statehouse Incumbents Governors, U.S. House and U.S. Senate Incumbents and Challengers And Support or Opposition to Roe v. Wade


Today Vote Climate U.S. PAC releases our updated 2022 Congressional and Gubernatorial, plus a statewide Voter's Guide, making Vote Climate U.S. PAC the only website in the country to provide a climate change Voter's Guide for candidates for Statehouses (partial), Governors, U.S. House, U.S. Senate all in one convenient, user friendly site, making it a unique, unprecedented resource. (Always click the green + button to the left of the candidate's name, for detailed research and sources.)

For the first time in 2022, voters will also be able to use Vote Climate U.S. PAC's Voter's Guide for Governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate to see if a candidate supports Roe v. Wade, the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. The right to choose safe and legal abortion is a fundamental, human right and is the hottest voting issue of the mid-term elections.

"On June 24, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court took away American women's essential right to bodily autonomy when they overturned Roe v. Wade. Just like climate change, the inevitable compulsory pregnancy that results from losing access to abortion, poses an existential threat to Americans. It threatens women's lives and health, imposing crippling economic hardships on them, their partners, and their families. Unwanted pregnancies and births stress the environment, driving climate change and related weather extremes. Now with our Voter's Guide, Americans can elect pro-choice candidates," said Karyn Strickler, President of Vote Climate U.S. PAC.

We are the only website in the country that gives incumbent and challenger for every Governor, U.S. House and U.S. Senate seat a Climate Calculation, a score ranging from Climate Hero to Climate Zero, helping Americans to vote climate. Like most Voter's Guides, we score incumbents on pivotal climate votes in Congress. But Vote Climate U.S. PAC is the only organization that goes well beyond votes to assess incumbent's position: what do candidates say about the issue; leadership: what do they do; and putting a fee on carbon polluters. (For more details see our 2022 U.S. House and U.S. Senate - Incumbents Scoring Criteria and U.S. House and U.S. Senate - Challenger Scoring Criteria.)

Our incumbent Governor's Voter's Guide also looks at their climate plan. We want to see: support for using 100% renewables by 2030; keeping fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) in the ground; support for zero human-made, greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; and support for at least one of four particular types of carbon dioxide removal, not carbon capture and sequestration," said Strickler. (For more detail see our Scoring Criteria for Incumbent Governors and Scoring Criteria for Gubernatorial Challengers.)

The following categories from 2020, analyzing the politics of climate change, will also be updated and coming soon:

* Climate Heroes: Incumbents and Challengers Who Rated 100%

* Climate Zeroes: Incumbents and Challengers Who Rated 0 %

* Best to Worst Individual Incumbents and Challengers on Climate Change

* Overall Average Climate Comparisons by Political Party

* Overall Average Climate Comparisons by Swing Districts

* Overall Average Climate Comparisons by Region and Party.

"Voters want to prioritize the issue of climate change and reproductive choice in the voting booth. Our Voter's Guides help every American to vote climate in the halls of Congress and the Governor's mansion. Americans can also find out where their statehouse representatives stand on climate change. In fact, if used as intended to create a large, climate-action majority in every office in the land, our Voter's Guides will revolutionize the politics of climate change," according to Strickler.

Vote Climate U.S. PAC works to elect candidates to get off fossil fuels, transition to clean, renewable, energy and reduce carbon pollution by putting a fee on carbon, in order to slow climate change and related weather extremes.