A sketch of the state, Hawaii.

This article covers Congressional candidates from Hawaii for the midterm election this November. To access our Hawaii primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.

U.S. Senate

Our primary pick: Mazie Hirono(Campaign Site)Rank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2012
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • Subcommittee on National Parks
  • Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

In Congress, Mazie has disapproved and resisted climate-change-deniers in government (including Scott Pruitt) because of her environmental and sustainable values. She’s also opposed Trump’s focus in coal production expansion and voted against the Keystone XL pipeline and against drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.

Instead, Mazie looks to Hawaii’s values on this one–conservation is key. Your state is already leading in clean energy, and she wants to expand this country-wide. She is a sponsor of the Grid Modernization Act, which encourages alternative fuel sources alongside updating the electric grid. Additionally, Mazie is anti-tax breaks for fossil fuel companies and pro-incentives for clean energy production and has a 95% LCV score (source).

Ron Curtis (R)Rank: Weak 

Ron wants to transition small communities to renewable sources in order to improve the electric grid and prevent natural disasters from wiping out the power of large numbers of residents. Sounds like it’s more about keeping residents in power than it is about being eco-friendly, but the motive is still working in our favor. However, we’d still like to see more developed plans and stances on the topic of sustainability.

U.S. House of Representatives

Find your district here.

District 1

Ed Case (D)Rank: Good 

Ed supports international agreements to address climate change and prevent catastrophic events. He also wants to increase funding environmental protections, supports expanding national parks, and emphasizes the importance of protecting the oceans.

Cam Cavasso (R)Rank: Unknown 

Although Cam’s website does discuss many key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.

Zachary Burd (Green Party) – Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Zachary’s sustainability platform.

Michelle Rose Tippens (Libertarian)Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Zachary’s sustainability platform.

Calvin Griffin (Nonpartisan) – Rank: Unknown 

We were unable to find information regarding Calvin’s sustainability platform.

District 2

Our primary pick: Tulsi GabbardRank: Strong 

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2012

In Congress, Tulsi has proven herself to be very deserving of our thumbs-up (along with endorsements from the Sierra Club, LCV, and Ocean Champions). How so? We’ll start with her vote against the Keystone XL pipeline, and her consistent support for green energy and preservation. She’s co-sponsored a number of acts in Congress that we’re pretty excited about. Let’s review, shall we?

First up we have the Coral Reef Sustainability Through Innovation Act which authorizes grants that encourage the observation, research, and conservation of coral reefs. Next, she’s a cosponsor of House Resolution 540. This one is a really big deal, folks. If this goes through, it would mean that the House agrees that it upholds some great environmental necessities, including working toward a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, 100% renewable energy, and being conscious of how policies might create negative effects due to climate change.

Tulsi also has a few things on her list in regards to food. She is a big supporter of GMO labeling. We aren’t going to get specific here, but GMOs cause a lot of problems with ecosystem balances (among other things), and label gives power to the consumers to choose environmentally safe foods. (You can start your understanding of GMOs with this article.) And a big bonus, her LCV score is 96% (source).

Brian Evans (R)Rank: Weak 

While Brian does not discuss some of the bigger-ticket items we like to see, he does support of a couple of good and green things. Firstly, he vows to work toward protections for Hawaiian wildlife, specifically for exotic birds and their habitats. Brian is also pushing for mandatory GMO labeling. While his motives for this deal more with health concerns for GMO food consumption, GMO crops (specifically those immune to roundup pesticides) cause an imbalance in ecosystems, and damage local species. Although these are a few good things, we really want to see some bigger-picture things here, like renewable energy and emission reduction.

Categories: 2018 MidtermStates

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