District 14

You only have one candidate running.

Kathy Castor (D) – incumbent since 2013 – Rank: Strong 

Kathy supports renewable energy, conservation, and protecting the environment. She’s especially concerned about how climate change would negatively affect your state when so much of it is made up of coastlines. She fought for these communities and habitat restoration during the oil spoil and sponsored legislation that opposes offshore drilling in Florida. Specifically, her bill, Coastal Protection Act, proposes a permanent offshore drilling ban off Florida’s west coast. She also wants to conserve natural resources and expand renewable energy. Plus, her LCV score is 93%.

District 15

Kristen Carlson (D)Rank: Good 

Kristen wants to protect clean air and water, transition to renewable energy, and prepare for the effects of climate change (like rising sea levels and other destructive weather).

Ross Spano (R)Rank: Unknown 

Although Ross’ campaign website discusses several key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

District 16

David Shapiro (D)Rank: Good 

David wants to protect drinking water and boost investments in renewable energy as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

Vern Buchanan (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

Wants to continue renewable energy developments but also supports oil drilling in Alaska. He also usually opposes environmental regulations (source) and his LCV score is only 19%.

District 17

Greg Steube (R)Rank: Unknown 

Although Greg’s website discusses several key issues, environmental and energy issues were not one of them.

Allen Ellison (D)Rank: Good 

Allen is looking to address climate change by continuing current work to promote renewable energy standards, reducing carbon emissions (especially in trucks), and phasing out coal-fired plants. He also wants to safeguard our nation’s natural resources, including clean air and water.

District 18

Lauren Baer (D)Rank: Good 

Lauren wants to make sure beaches and waters stay clean and reduce the risk of harm to people, wildlife, and the environment. She also supports renewable energy developments and refuses to take corporate money.

Brian Mast (R)(Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

Your current rep isn’t doing too bad. He’s been working towards cleaning Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades, and the Herbert Hoover Dike. However, in 2016 he opposed federal funding of renewable energy developments and regulation of greenhouse gas emissions (source) and his LCV score is 23%.

District 19

David Holden (D)Rank: Good 

Deputy Director of the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies
David has a plan in place for environmental improvements, starting with your state’s water situation. He understands that the water flowing into Lake Okeechobee is filled with toxins and that this, in turn, poses contamination issues for surrounding waters, like the Everglades. He wants to make sure that Florida greatly reduces its pollution in order to prevent future damage to your state’s waterways, while also funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan to repair the damage already done. David also wants to ensure that all federal agencies make a plan for combating climate change, supports the Paris Climate Agreement, and values environmental decisions based on science.

Francis Rooney (R)(Campaign Site) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

At a first glance, Rooney is doing pretty well. He’s focused on cleaning and restoring the Florida waterways, including the Everglades and Lake Okeechobee. He’s consistently supported Everglade restoration projects and adamantly requested federal funding for these initiatives. Additionally, he opposes offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf. Despite these great key factors, he does not have a very good sustainable voting record. In fact, his lifetime scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters reflects a 0% sustainable record. This suggests that while Rooney is concerned about the drinking water for residents, he is not very keen on making necessary green changes for the bigger picture.

District 20

You only have one candidate running.

Alcee Hastings (D) – Incumbent – Rank: Good 

Alcee has cosponsored a lot of environmental protections and legislature that promotes renewable energy and ways to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. She also supports developing fuel efficiency and fighting for clean air and water (source) and her LCV score is at 83%.

District 21

You only have one candidate running.

Lois FrankelRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2017
  • Water Resources and the Environment Subcommittee
  • Everglades Caucus
  • Safe Climate Caucus

Lois has worked to pass the Central Everglades Planning Project in Congress. This will help improve Florida’s water infrastructure by directing water into the Central Everglades, which will help reduce algae blooms and restore the natural flow of the Everglades. Additionally, Lois wants to keep fighting against rollbacks to environmental protections for clean air and water and reinstate our country in the Paris Climate Agreement. Plus, she has an LCV score of a near-perfect 98%.

District 22

Our primary pick: Ted DeutchRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2017
  • Safe Climate Caucus
  • Climate Solutions Caucus

In Congress, Ted has been working towards renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions, and preparing for the effects of climate change. He believes that working towards these solutions are part of an “economic and moral responsibility.” Ted is especially focused on bringing funding to the several restoration projects for the Everglades in order to bring balance back to the wildlife and clean the water here. He also supports legislation that deals with flood prevention, which would also help with the contamination spread between lakes, rivers, and the Everglades. Furthermore, Ted hopes to increase funding to hydrokinetic energy research at Florida Atlantic University as a means of developing renewable energy options, as well as eliminate subsidies given to the fossil fuel industry. He maintains a 90% LCV score.

Nicolas Kimaz (R)Rank: Bad 

Nicolas wants to meet energy needs by mining gas, oil, and “clean” coal.

District 23

Our primary pick: Debbie Wasserman SchultzRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2005
  • Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

As a member of the water development subcommittee, Debbie is working towards clean waterways, which is especially important in Florida. The Everglades is in desperate need of immediate restoration in order to support the wildlife there. Additionally, Debbie supports renewable energy developments and reducing carbon emissions as two solid ways to fight off climate change. She opposes offshore drilling and points to the BP Deepwater Horizon spill as a reminder to the damage that drilling risks. Lastly, Debbie supported the Paris Climate Agreement and helped Broward County adopt a 100% Clean Energy Pledge after the country’s plans to withdraw from the agreement and holds a 92% LCV score. 

Joe Kaufman (R)Rank: Good 

Joe supports both fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, but also wants to provide incentives for further renewable developments and recognizes this fuel as the source of the future. Joe also wants to bring federal funding to the state in order to support restoration initiatives for Lake Okeechobee and the water infrastructure.

Don Endriss (Independent)Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Don’s sustainable platform.

Tim Canova (Independent)Rank: Strong 

Tim wants to see an immediate change in the way we tackle climate change, first by making sure this is a national issue in which all states work toward a common goal, namely reducing greenhouse gas emissions (through clean energy) and getting rid of fracking. To reach these goals, Tim supports carbon taxes, cap-and-trade policies, carbon capture practices, and has taken the Climate Mobilization Pledge.

District 24

You only have one district running.

Frederica Wilson (D)Rank: Strong 

Frederica wants to eliminate carbon emissions and promote renewable energy. Frederica understands how critical it is to deal with the rising sea levels and encourages sustainable changes on all levels–including recycling, beach cleanups, mass transit, and the Clean Power Plan (source). Plus, she has an LCV score of 90%.

District 25

Our primary pick: Mary Barzee FloresRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida

As a state with coasts on both sides, flooding and rising sea levels is a big issue that Mary will take to Congress. She wants to prepare for the effects of climate change while also working to prevent more. She will fight against the current administration’s attempts to overturn more environmental protections and vows to support green energy investments. Mary wants to have our country rejoin the Paris Climate agreement and ensure a functional EPA that works for the environment and opposes drilling, fracking, and pipelines.

Mario Diaz-Balart (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Bad 

Mario puts in a good effort for the Everglades restoration projects and claims to support renewable energy and emission reduction. However, he opposes cap and trade proposals and has a bad lifetime score with the League of Conservation Voters at only 11% (source).

District 26

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D)Rank: Good 

Debbie worked at the Coral Restoration Foundation, which protects marine life against climate change effects. This is great because it shows she has personal values when it comes to environmentalism. She also supports clean energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and protecting against the rising sea level.

Carlos Curbelo (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak 

Carlos wants to continue work for Everglades restoration and increase environmental stewardship throughout the country. He’s especially concerned with coastal communities and protecting them against the effects of climate change. Carlos supports solar energy developments and the Clean Power Plan. However, he has an “all of the above” energy approach with fossil fuels and renewables, and a low scorecard with the League of Conservation Voters at 33% (source).

District 27

Donna Shalala (D)Rank: Weak 

Donna wants to invest in clean energy and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement but doesn’t say too much else on the subject.

Maria Elvira Salazar (R)Rank: Good 

Maria talks about how she’s eager to join the Climate Solutions Caucus if elected so she can stand for protections for our water and air quality, as well as promote the expansion of renewable energy. She also supports more research in environmental and climate change areas in order to direct how Congress handles these issues.

Mayra Joli (Independent)Rank: Strong 

Mayra wants to reduce waste and carbon emissions, rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, increase renewable energy use, and fully fund our Federal Parks System. She strongly opposes drilling, fracking, and mining in areas where they pose great threats to the ecosystems.

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