This article covers Congressional candidates from Delaware for the midterm election this November. To access our Delaware primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.
In the summaries that we provide for incumbents, we include a score based on their “LCV” score. The LCV is the League of Conservation Voters, and they track incumbent’s votes on major environmental policies that are going through Congress. If you want to know more about the LCV, click here.
Our Primary Pick: Tom Carper (D) – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2001
- Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee
- Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Co-Chair of the Nuclear Caucus
- Member of the Oceans Caucus
- Co-Chair of the Recycling Caucus
- Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Carper has been putting in his hours when it comes to environmental issues in Congress. Since Delaware catches a lot of the drifting emissions from other states, Carper has pushed and pushed to maintain the Clean Air Act and EPA’s ability to pursue clean air initiatives. This Act has and will continue to decrease the cases of asthma in children and remove toxins from the air that threaten the health and safety of his residents (and the rest of America, too). He’s passionate about getting dirty cars off the road, so he co-authored the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which was signed into law in 2011 and has been keeping older, inefficient diesel engines from creating a lot of pollution.
Nuclear energy is one of the really big pillars of Carper’s platform. Whereas we don’t necessarily like all the risk associated with nuclear energy as compared to wind or solar, nuclear energy has kept a lot of carbon emissions from leaking into the atmosphere. Carper is one of the people who is in charge of making sure that our nuclear energy facilities maintain their funding so that they aren’t a threat to the environment or public health. Nuclear energy isn’t our favorite form of alternative energy, but it is better than fossil fuels and coal, so, for now, we’ll take it.
As founder of the Senate Recycling Caucus, Carper is always prioritizing the easiest way for Americans to make a difference: reducing, reusing, and recycling. We really like that he was so passionate about recycling that he created a caucus and addresses this issue regularly, as recycling does help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, gets citizens involved in environmentalism at a local level, and creates jobs.
Carper is known in Congress to have worked towards loosening the strict logistical procedures that would allow the offshore wind mining industry to grow in federally owned water. He has also fought for tax incentives for offshore wind power, and funding to build offshore wind turbines (which are a real pretty penny). However, offshore wind energy is a great way to transfer jobs from coal and fossil fuel jobs to green energy jobs. In additional to fighting for all these things, Carper also has worked with the Department of the Interior, so that way we can use wind power from offshore sites responsibly, and with minimal impact to the environment.
Overall, Carper’s career is a testament to his dedication to preserving the environment and working America towards a green energy economy that is stable and independent from foreign contributors. His LCV scorecard is an 82%, so pretty strong. Let’s keep this good voice in Congress.
Rob Arlett (R) – Rank: Unknown
Arlett does not have any information available about sustainability.
Demitri Theodoropoulos (G) – Rank: Unknown
Theodoropoulos does not have information pertaining to his green energy platform readily available.
Nadine Frost (L) – Rank: Unknown
Frost does not have any information available about sustainability.
Barry Eveland (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Eveland does not have a solidified platform.
Todd Farina (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Farina does not have a solidified platform.
Matthew Water Stout (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Stout does not have a solidified platform available.
U.S. House of Representatives
Lisa Blunt Rochester (D) – Incumbent since 2017 – Rank: Good
Lisa has very little information about her platform on green energy and sustainability, but her voting record is excellent. Her LCV scorecard rating is 97%.
Scott Walker (R) – Rank: Unknown
Walker does not have any information available about his green energy platform.
Marvin Davis (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Davis does not have any information available about his platform on sustainability.
Paul Johnston (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Johnston does not have any information available on his green energy platform.
Andrew Webb (Write-In) – Rank: Weak
Webb supports repealing legislation that hinders sustainable energy initiatives from competing with fossil fuels. He also supports protecting our environment, but that’s as far as his platform expands.