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Our primary pick: Jennifer Zimmerman (D) – Rank: Good
Jennifer’s priority is human health. She understands how air pollution can greatly impact the health of polluted communities, especially as a doctor who sees many illnesses linked to air pollution or waterborne infections. She demands an EPA that strictly enforces environmental regulations in order to protect people from such risks. What we love most about Jennifer though, is that she recognizes the need for a nation-wide pollution policy. Without every state on the same page, regulations lack much of an impact. Pollution crosses state lines and affects citizens in surrounding states, which is why a federal regulation and enforcement plan is critical.
Matt Gaetz (R) – incumbent – Rank: Bad
Your candidates aren’t the best, unfortunately.
Bob Rackleff (D) – Rank: Unknown
Although Bob’s campaign website discusses several key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Neal Dunn (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad
Our primary pick: Yvonne Hayes Hinson – Rank: Strong
- 15-year principal of a magnet school of the arts
- Founder of Childstart Learning Solutions, LLC
Although Yvonne doesn’t go into very specific details regarding sustainability, she hits a lot of the marks. For one, she vows to fight for a country-wide renewable energy standard and work towards a cap and trade policy to help reduce our carbon emissions. She also opposes fracking, mining, and drilling, and wants to work toward banning these activities that risk our environment. Yvonne supports a strong EPA that functions to protect the people and the planet, and wants to bring funding into communities with “unique environmental needs.”
Ted Yoho (R) – incumbent – Rank: Bad
Supports an “all of the above” energy approach, which includes renewable sources and fossil fuels, which isn’t a bad thing, but his 2% LCV tells us which he’s supporting more.
Ges Selmont – Rank: Good
- Producer, Writer, Director
Ges doesn’t elaborate too much on his environmental stances, but they’re looking the best out of your bunch of candidates. He sees the need to protect the environment and its resources as an “economic and moral obligation.” Therefore, he opposes oil drilling and seismic testing offshores and wants to work toward banning these risk activities. Ges also supports renewable energy expansion, clean up projects for Florida’s beaches, and protection for your state’s wildlife.
John’s websites don’t discuss sustainability much, but his poor LCV of 3% indicate his less-than-green status in Washington.
Joceline Berrios (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information on Joceline’s sustainability platform.
Jason Bulger (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information on Jason’s sustainability platform.
Al wants to keep protections for the Everglades, especially from drilling (source), but doesn’t talk too much more about sustainability on his websites. His LCV score is 69%, which we’d like to see go up if he’s re-elected.
Virginia Fuller (R) – Rank: Bad
Virginia opposes Cap & Trade programs. She supports clean air and water protections, but also states that environmental regulations “shall not become law at the expense of our inalienable rights.” She supports “responsible eco-friendly” drilling.
Our primary pick: Nancy Soderberg – Rank: Strong
- Former Ambassador
- President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions
Firstly, Nancy is greatly concerned with how human activity and climate change will affect coastal communities in your state, especially with rising sea levels and other dangerous effects. Not only would weather disasters risk Floridian lives, but they also pose threats to the economy, as beaches and coastal area economies rely heavily on tourism. Therefore, Nancy wants to ban offshore drilling and seismic testing as the first two ways to prevent further damages in climate change effects.
Nancy is also looking to support renewable energy in Congress and programs that help the country reduce our carbon emissions, like the Clean Power Plan. Additionally, Nancy fully supports strengthening and protecting the EPA, and granting them the authority to work towards reducing carbon emissions. She also wants to eliminate subsidies for the fossil fuel industry and support programs that help protect water in Florida, specifically the St. John’s River and Indian River Lagoon.
Michael Waltz (R) – Rank: Unknown
Although Michael’s website discusses a few key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Our primary pick: Stephanie Murphy – Rank: Strong
- Incumbent since 2017
Stephanie supports all the basic things we’re looking for in a candidate–clean air, clean water, renewable energy investments, reduce carbon emissions, etc. She’s also working towards protection for clean oceans and beaches for Floridian coasts, to ensure means to support the state’s economy, which is heavily driven by tourism and fisheries.
Additionally, Stephanie has been working in a bipartisan coalition that opposes any new plans for oil or gas offshore drilling. (Although we wished she took a step further and wanted to ban current drilling operations.) She also wants to stop subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, and ensure that the fracking industry must also strictly abide by current environmental regulations. Lastly, Stephie is currently working on a bill to make the wind and solar energy production tax credits permanent, which would incentivize a transition to renewable energy.
Mike Miller (R) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Mike’s sustainability platform.
Our primary pick: Sanjay Patel – Rank: Strong
- Small business owner
Sanjay is mostly concerned with how climate change and pollution will affect (and already is affecting) the water in your state. This includes changes in sea level, contaminated drinking water, and the deterioration of the Everglades and other freshwater bodies. To help with these issues, Sanjay wants to implement preservation and restoration programs for the Indian River Lagoon and the Everglades, and support renewable energy developments through a Green New Deal, in order to reduce pollution and make sustainable transitions into the future. Furthermore, Sanjay fully supports current protections through the Clean Air & Water Acts, and other regulations implemented by the EPA.
Bill Posey (R) – incumbent – Rank: Bad
Bill supports an “all of the above” approach, wanting to use both fossil fuels and renewables to fuel our country’s energy needs. He approved the Keystone XL pipeline and opposes the “mountain of red tape and burdensome rules” that the EPA put in place for environmental and public protection. However, he did help secure funding for restoration programs for the Indian River Lagoon and Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance. Still, his LCV score is only 5%.
- Incumbent since 2017
- Committee on Natural Resources
- 100% National Environmental Scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters
Darren has worked hard in Congress for state and national improvements in sustainability. He understands that renewable energy must become a larger part of our energy portfolio, and wants to continue our investments with renewable incentives.
Another big thing Darren’s worked towards is clean water. He values clean drinking water, clean beaches, and clean waters to support Florida’s delicate ecosystems. To prevent further damage to your state’s waters by opposing fracking and offshore drilling. Darren wants to prohibit fracking statewide, and immediately put a stop to fracking on all public lands.
Wayne Liebnitzky (R) – Rank: Unknown
Although Wayne’s campaign website discusses several key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
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Val Demings (D) – incumbent – Rank: Strong
Our primary pick: Dana Cottrell – Rank: Strong
Worked in schools to aid teachers with implementing technology in the classroom
Dana is a big fan of the Clean Air & Water Acts, valuing the importance of preserving these natural resources from pollution. She is especially concerned with reducing our carbon emissions to stop the deterioration of the ozone layer and ensuring that the EPA is properly staffed and funded. She wants to implement incentives for renewable energy as a way to expand our green energy developments and phase out fossil fuels. Furthermore, Dana was to eliminate fracking and encourage nationwide reuse and recycling practices. In Florida, Dana knows how important the Everglade restoration is, and wants to stop runoff contaminants from polluting these areas vital to your state.
Daniel Webster (R) – incumbent – Rank: Bad
Daniel voted in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline and has an “all of the above” energy approach, which includes renewable sources and fossil fuels. However, he does not have a good track record when it comes to environmental regulations (source) and has an LCV score of just 5%.
Chris Hunter (D) – Rank: Good
Christ is big on keeping water clean, including pollution prevention for clean water, ensuring that offshore drilling remains banned, and investing in Florida’s water infrastructure. If elected, we hope Chris expands upon these eco-friendly approaches and works to further develop our renewable energy investments.
Gus Bilirakis (R) – incumbent – Rank: Bad
Gus supports an “all of the above” energy approach, which involves using domestic fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. His LCV score is at just 8%.
Angelika Purkis (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Angelika’s sustainability platform.
Charlie Crist – Rank: Good
- Incumbent since 2017
Charlie hasn’t put too much information about the environment on his campaign site, but he does have some things he’s working towards. This includes acknowledging and fighting against climate change, protecting the Everglades, and aiding your state’s coastal communities. He’s also supported a number of bills that support environmental regulations, renewable energy, and preservation. Plus, he has an LCV score of 83%.
George Buck (R) – Rank: Weak
George supports clean energy developments and wants to expand storage technology for this energy, but doesn’t go into much more detail than this.
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