Oklahoma! Let’s take a quick look at your candidates before your election tomorrow, for all you people who are still on the fence about who to vote for.
Voting in Oklahoma
First off, you have a semi-closed primary, which means that you have to be registered to a specific party in order to vote in their primary. Sometimes you can vote unaffiliated, but it’s best not to risk it. Your primary is TOMORROW, June 26, so let’s skip the small talk and get to it.
House of Representatives
Find your district here.
Hey District 1, none of your candidates say anything about green energy and sustainability. Since this is what we’re here for, we suggest you take a look at their platforms and vote according to other issues that are important to you.
- Here’s a list of your candidates:
[ Jim Bridenstine (R) – Incumbent – Resigned to become NASA Administrator on April 19, 2018. ]
Andy Coleman (R)
Nathan Dahm (R)
Tim Harris (R)
Kevin Hern (R)
Danny Stockstill (R)
Amanda Douglas (D)
Gwendolyn Fields (D)
Tim Gilpin (D)
David Hullum (D)
Mark Keeter (D)
District 2, you also have a sad selection of candidates when it comes to sustainable energy. We included a little bit of info about your incumbent, but otherwise, no dice. Vote according to your conscience.
- Incumbent since 2012
- Energy and Commerce, Member
- Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, Member
- Subcommittee on Energy (Energy and Commerce), Member
Markwayne has a few subpar things to say about the energy crisis. He’s an active member of the committee of Energy and Commerce since 2015 and has been working to maintain low fuel prices instead of working towards a green energy economy. He’s dedicated to protecting endangered species but is leaving how to do it up to the state, which is underfunded and often can’t do much without some federal help. He also thinks that EPA has overreached and should not be making laws on how ranchers and farmers are affecting the local environments (this definitely pertains to big agribusiness).
Other District 2 Candidates:
- Brian Jackson (R)
- Jarrin Jackson (R)
- John McCarthy (R)
- Virginia Blue Jeans Jenner (D)
- Elijah McIntosh (D)
- Jason Nichols (D)
- Clay Padgett (D)
- Richard Castaldo (Libertarian)
- John Foreman (I)
Ok district 3, we wouldn’t say that we’re giving an endorsement, but your incumbent has some… alright ideas about energy.
- Incumbent since 1994
- Representative, Oklahoma State House of Representatives, 1988-1994
- Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, Chair
- Subcommittee on Energy, Member
Lucas supports government funding for renewable energy sources, and that’s a good start. He supports the all-of-the-above energy plan which supports ANY type of energy production, as long as it’s on American soil and moving America away from energy dependence on other countries. He’s mostly concerned with oil, though, and doesn’t have much to say about oil, fracking, or moving into a sustainable energy economy. He’s also not a supporter of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, which is a big loss in our book.
Other District 3 Candidates:
District 4, you have some candidates that have a tiny bit to say about a green platform. We aren’t providing an endorsement as there isn’t enough info to thoroughly endorse a candidate, but here’s your selection:
So OK, we know that oil is a big economic driver for your economy. Tom Cole has an all-of-the-above energy approach that focuses on moving away from energy dependence and moves closer to autonomous energy production in the US. However, he’s supported tax credits for renewable energy development -YAY!. But, he wants to cut a LOT of EPA funding, specifically so that they won’t have the resources to introduce any legislation about curbing greenhouse emissions. We’re not a fan of that. We’re also not a fan of how much he likes Scott Pruitt.
Roxann Klutts (D) – Teacher
Roxann wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through government regulation and rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement. She would also like to implement scientists and the working business class into environmental regulations to come up with answers to pollution.
Other District 4 Candidates:
- James Taylor (R)
- Mary Brannon (D)
- Fred Gipson (D) – Gipson has a vague platform on green energy, but it’s worth mentioning just because there are so few candidates with a platform on sustainable energy at all. He knows the oil is essential to Oklahoma’s economy, but would like to see natural resources protected, including the scarce water sources in OK.
- Mallory Varner (D)
- Ruby Peters (I)
Again, no real winners as far as sustainable energy goes, but you have two potentially good candidates to choose from.
Tom knows that Oklahoma can’t just get rid of the oil industry overnight. He does, however, want to see the shift towards solar and wind energy take precedence over natural gas and oil. He would also like to see some regulations to protect the environment and work towards always having clean air and water everywhere.
Ed is passionate about getting rid of fracking in Oklahoma, which would reduce the recent rash of earthquakes that have plagued your state. He knows that the oil will eventually be all used up, and wants to see some new energy production in place, mainly energy that won’t pollute the water or air.