This article covers candidates running in for US Congress in California during the general election on Tuesday, November 6. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here. For our article about Calfornia’s primary election, click here.
Both of your candidates have excellent stances on environmentalism and sustainability. During the primary election, our top pick was your incumbent, Dianne Feinstein. For the general election, we recommend looking into other key issues since both candidates have a great eco-friendly platform. Here’s what we have.
Our primary pick: Dianne Feinstein – (Campaign Site) Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 1992
- Mayor, City of San Francisco, 1978-1988
- President, San Francisco County Board of Supervisors, 1970-1971, 1974-1975, 1978
Feinstein has a few things on her docket that make us really like her, and two of them are opposing the appointments of Bill Wheeler and Scott Pruitt. Feinstein supports taking the EPA and returning it to an agency that’s about creating a healthy environment and that supports and looks out for every American citizen. Wheeler and Pruitt both have a track record of supporting fracking, the fossil fuel industries, and rolling back environmental regulations (the opposite of what you would think the EPA should stand for). Feinstein supports restricting offshore energy production, which is super important for you Californians! You have a lot of coastline to protect, and it’s important to keep your coasts clean from fossil fuels. Feinstein always also supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions, which is pretty important too.
Here’s what Feinstein has done to help battle global warming:
Feinstein plans on battling global warming by continuing to promote and push legislation that increases fuel economy in cars. She authorized a bill that would increase fuel economy in cars, and that means less greenhouse gas emissions produced by cars.
Here’s what she’s done to protect California’s environment:
- California Desert Protection Act — In 2016, Feinstein requested that Obama designate 3 new national monuments, which protects almost 1.8 million acres in the California Desert
- Lake Tahoe Restoration Act– Added $300 million in funds to protect the Lake Tahoe basin
- Headwaters Forest Agreement — picture it… 1999, the year the Feinstein got the government to match a $250 million fund to protect the Redwoods
- National Parks and Recreation– 2005, she added 4,500 acres of land to the Golden Gate National
- Recreation Area in addition to 25,500 acres to the Redwood National Park in Del Norte County
- Northern California Wilderness- 2006, Black Butte River gains 300,000 acres in preservation land
- San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds Restoration– 2003, wetland restoration projects along the San Fran Bay area and the Napa River. This was possible through public and private partnerships, which is pretty special by itself.
- Otay Mountain Wilderness Act– 1999, Feinstein supports a bill that saves sensitive plant and animal species in the Otay Mountains.
It’s clear that Feinstein has done a lot for California in terms of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable energy practices. Since she has such a great track record, we’re hoping she keeps up the good work and are endorsing her as our pick for the Senate seat in 2018.
Kevin de Leon (D) Rank: Strong
Kevin’s calling for a New Green Deal, which plans to rebuild American infrastructure in a completely sustainable way. This deal would be part of a plan to transition our country to renewable-only energy by 2045. This is great for stopping the pollution we put into the air with carbon emissions and helps boost jobs for American workers.
He also wrote an important energy law, SB 350. This pushes California’s transition to renewable energy by requiring 50% of the state’s energy consumption to come from renewable sources. This is a big deal because it puts your state on the path to adopting the type of legislature we’d like to see at the federal level.
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