This article covers Congressional candidates from Kentucky for the midterm election this November. To access our Kentucky primary review, click here. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project and our ranking system, read our full intro here.
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Paul Walker (D) – Rank: Weak
Paul doesn’t say too much when it comes to environmental issues, but he does discuss that we should develop our renewable energy sources. However, he also states that we can continue our coal production.
Although your current representative doesn’t discuss environmental issues much on his House or campaign sites, we can get a sense of what he stands for based on his voting record. (Or rather, what he doesn’t support). His LCV score is only 6% (source).
We aren’t big fans of Brett. He “strongly supports” Keystone XL pipeline and opposes federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. He wants to continue using coal as an energy source and vows to oppose coal reduction (source). Just for added confirmation, his weak LCV score is at 5% (source).
Hank Linderman (D) – Rank: Good
Hank is into developing clean energy sources. He believes the government should help renewable energy compete in the energy market by using tax credits and other incentives. We would like to see him develop stronger stances on sustainability.
Thomas Loecken (Independent) – Rank: Weak
Thomas doesn’t discuss any of his key issues in depth, but he does at least list that he’s fighting for cleaner land, air, and water, and wants to “organize against climate change.”
- Incumbent since 2006
- Subcommittee on Energy and Power (Energy and Commerce), Member
- Founder/President, Center for Kentucky Progress
Our endorsement for District 3 is John Yarmuth. He has a record of voting against legislation that would repeal EPA regulations centered around coal and curbing other greenhouse gas emissions. He’s a supporter of the federal government providing regulation on industries for emitting greenhouse gases. Yarmuth supports developing green energy sources so that America can become energy independent and clean.
Since Kentucky has the Appalachians and relies on coal mining, Yarmuth “…also introduced the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act, which would require the government to perform the first federal study of public health impacts of mountaintop removal mining and mandate certification of its safety before allowing it to continue.” By studying not only the environmental effects but also the social aspects of mining, Yarmuth is working towards changing mining jobs to green energy jobs, a resource that will keep Kentucky clean and thriving. As a member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, he has considerable experience with sustainable energy legislation and pushed for that with his voting record, which is how he holds a 94% LCV score (source).
Vickie Glisson (R) – Rank: Weak
Vickie supports an “all of the above” energy approach, stating that the government should not “pick winners and losers.” She says nothing on her campaign site regarding environmental concerns.
Gregory Boles (Libertarian) – Rank: Weak
Gregory doesn’t say too much personally, but libertarians generally support reducing the size of the federal government, which they believe can help reduce pollution and aid other environmental concerns.
Our primary pick: Seth Hall – Rank: Good
- Directory of Pharmacy
Seth is looking forward to bringing renewable energy jobs to Kentucky, namely wind and solar. He sees this as an opportunity to fight climate change, support rural communities, and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. He values the environment–like the green spaces, wildlife, and farm animals–and will work to protect them.
Thomas Massie has done a few things in the area of sustainable and green energy. For one, he “designed and built my own house which generates all of its own power using a combination of solar, geothermal, propane, and wood,” which is super cool (source). He also supports energy independence, through all types of sources though, not just renewable. And he only has an LCV score of 11% (source).
Mike Moffett (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
Although Mike discusses some key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Harold “Hal” Rogers (R) – Incumbent – Rank: Weak
Some good things to note: Harold is big on preservation. While serving, he’s helped secure funds to protect National Parks, eliminate thousands of illegal trash dumps in your region, initiate several clean-up projects in forests, waterways, and roadsides, and more. Sounds pretty good, right? Well, Harold also promises to fight against anti-coal legislation and wants Kentucky to continue exporting/using coal. And his LCV score is just 8% (source).
Kenneth Stepp (D) – Rank: Unknown
Although Kenneth discusses a few key issues on his site, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
Supports an “all of the above” approach (this includes renewable and nonrenewable resources). Andy also supports the Keystone XL pipeline. His extremely weak 2% LCV score pushes him into the red for us (source).
Amy McGrath (D) – Rank: Weak
She believes that we need to make a transition to clean energy sources to benefit the world by protecting everyone from the consequences: increasing sea levels, natural disasters, food/resource shortages, and migration. Therefore, she supports investments in renewable energy and the Paris Climate Agreement. However, she still wants Kentucky to continue (and expand) its coal production and consumption. One thing here does not go with the others.
Frank Harris (Libertarian) – Rank: Unknown
Although Frank’s campaign website discusses several key issues, environmental and energy issues are not one of them.
James Germalic (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding James’ sustainability platform.
Rikka Wallin (Independent) – Rank: Unknown
We were unable to find information regarding Rikka’s sustainability platform.