This article reviews California Congressional candidates from districts 40-49 in the general election. If you’re looking for a different district, head back to our main page for California here.

District 40

Our primary pick: Lucille Roybal-Allard – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1993

Lucille is concerned with protecting our air, water, and natural resources by investing in clean energy and becoming a world leader in the fight against climate change. Of her time in Congress, her most notable work in the environment is the Los Angeles River Revitalization project. This plan intends to restore the ecosystems in the LA River by recovering wetland habitats and cleaning the river. The project would also increase LA park space and open up recreational and business opportunities.

Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (Green)Rank: Strong 

Wants to implement a “Green New Deal” which promises to address environmental justice, protect endangered species, implement forest restoration, and educate the youth on sustainable practices. This deal would also push for renewable energy and tackle carbon emissions.

District 41

Our primary pick: Mark Takano – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Good 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2012
  • Subcommittee on Energy
  • Renewable Energy and Efficiency Caucus
  • Co-Chair of the Bipartisan Battery Energy Storage Caucus

So, unfortunately, Mark does support “responsible” use of domestic fossil fuels, but he understands that renewable energy is the real solution for our energy needs and climate change. Therefore, he strongly supports investing in renewable sources and developing new technologies to harness their energy. He wants California to keep leading nationally when it comes to making green progress. Mark also believes that a focus on growing STEM K-12 education will help this progress continue in the years to come. Mark also sees a future for battery energy storage and introduced the Battery Storage Innovation Act in an effort to get battery storage initiatives funded.

Aja Smith (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Aja’s sustainability platform.

District 42

Our primary pick: Julia PeacockRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Teacher
  • Progressive activist

Julia believes our country should lead in combating climate change and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. As a leader, we should reduce our emissions with policies like carbon pricing and cap-and-trade programs. This will help reduce pollution and ensure clean air and water. Julia supports a strong EPA that protects citizen health and pushes clean energy transitions.

Ken Calvert (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

Your current representative wants to increase “domestic production of American resources” aka fossil fuels and renewables. He does not think the government should try reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (source).

District 43

Our primary pick: Maxine Waters – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 1990
  • California State Assembly, 1977-1990

During her time as your representative, Maxine has voted in favor of legislation that promotes a cleaner environment through renewable energy investments and cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions. The League of Conservation Voters gives her a 91% lifetime score, meaning she’s supported environmental policies (or opposed eco-un-friendly policies) most of the time. You can review some of her supported bills here.

Omar Navarro (R)Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Omar’s sustainability platform.

District 44

Our primary pick: Nanette Barragan – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent
  • Member of City Council of Hermosa Beach, 2013-2015
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans

Nanette understands how communities of color that lack resources and political power often become some of the most polluted areas in the country. Here in your district, communities of color house refineries and urban oil wells, making it difficult to protect clean air and water. Don’t believe her? Look no further than Flint, Michigan to see the lack of environmental protections for communities of color. Nanette hopes to bring environmental justice across the country by increasing awareness and supporting policies that combat climate change by protecting the people.

Aja Brown (D) – Unofficially withdrew from the election.

District 45

Katie Porter (D) – Rank: Good 

Katie opposes offshore drilling and supports renewable investments and emission reduction. She also wants to ensure that we have clean air, water, and environment and that we pass this down to future generations.

Mimi Walters (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak  

Your current representative was to use “domestic” sources to fulfill our energy needs, without clarifying whether these sources are renewable, nonrenewable, or both. Likely it’s both. She believes that some of the environmental regulations act as barriers and overregulate.

District 46

Lou Correa (D) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Good 

Lou supports ensuring the EPA’s ability to enforce regulations to protect clean air and water and believes science should influence policy. He wants to research all possible threats to the environment and make sure that our push for energy independence does not threaten it.

Russell Lambert (R)Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Russell’s sustainability platform.

District 47

Our primary pick: Alan Lowenthal – (Campaign Site) – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2012
  • California Assembly and California State Senate
  • Committee on Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • Subcommittee on Federal Lands
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources, Ranking
  • Co-Chair of the Safe Climate Caucus
  • Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC)
  • Vice-Chair of the Climate Solutions Caucus
  • House Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus

Alan is looking for immediate and scientifically-driven action when it comes to fighting climate change. This includes investments and transitions into clean energy, like wind and solar, to get us away from our foreign oil dependency, and for Congress to take every action they can (like recognize events or issues, requesting action, holding herrings, making in-person appeals, etc).

As Alan serves on several relevant subcommittees and served in California’s state government, he’s already proven his commitment to sustainability in a number of ways. He helped reduce air pollution at Long Beach and Los Angeles container ports, and these efforts are now used as a global model. In Congress, Alan has introduced and supported legislation that requires the research and transparency of carbon emission reports from public lands, along with a bill that aims to discourage onshore oil and gas drilling on public lands by increasing the royalty rate. And to reduce emissions, Alan introduced the Natural Gas Environmental and Economic Security Act, which would punish methane gas polluters by charging a royalty.

John Briscoe (R) – Rank: Unknown 

We could not find information about Russell’s sustainability platform.

District 48

Harley Rouda (D)Rank: Strong 

Harley wants to protect Southern California’s coastlines from climate change effects and stop all offshore drilling attempts. He supports a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and wants to see a fully-funded and strong EPA to keep water and air clean.

Dana Rohrabacher (R) – (Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

Dana is a climate change denier. Take a look at his positions here.

District 49

Our primary pick: Mike Levin – Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Attorney, focus in environmental and energy regulatory compliance and government affairs
  • Served on the board for Center for Sustainable Energy (San Diego)
  • Co-founder of Sustain OC (Orange County)

As you can see from Mike’s little resume summary above, he’s already involved in sustainable causes and knows that working towards sustainability is in our (and the environment’s) best interest. As Co-founder of Sustain OC, Mike has worked to build networks of corporations, start-up businesses, the education sector, local governments, and others, to find green solutions in six main areas: water, energy, transportation, agtech, government affairs & policy, and investment. Mike’s years of commitment to sustainability through his time as an attorney and work in the nonprofit sector already makes him a great candidate.

But what does he think of policies? How will he do in Washington? As you would’ve guessed, Mike wants to get our country running on renewable energy. To do this, he’s looking at cap-and-trade policies, which aim to reduce emissions (which California has already implemented) and a “revenue-neutral carbon tax,” a tax that puts a price on carbon. He also wants to end all subsidies going to the fossil fuel industry. These types of policies deter companies from using fossil fuel energy sources, driving them to consider alternate options. Additionally, Mike is a guy to trust the scientists, and he will let science guide his policy decisions when it comes to climate change and environmental issues.

In 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission approved the Carlsbad Energy Center–a gas-fired plant–and Mike was not okay with it. He wrote an article opposing the center’s proposal, stating that it was not in California’s best interest or within its energy priorities. Mike also understands the immediate threat of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and knows that this nuclear waste needs a long-term and safe storage plan. Lastly, Mike is a proponent of protecting animal welfare (wild and domestic) and upholding their habitats.

Diane Harkey (R)Rank: Good 

Diane opposes offshore drilling near California and wants to ensure protection for the environment, as well as deal with the SONGS nuclear waste storage.

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