Connecticut, it’s your turn! August 14 is your day to show the world that you think green! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Connecticut
It’s important that you are an affiliated voter, as your state doesn’t allow unaffiliated voters to vote in the primary unless the party elects to permit unaffiliated voters in… which is unusual. However, whoever wins the most votes wins the election, not the majority.
Things on the ballot this year: US Senate, US House, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, and State Comptroller.
Murphy has a lot on his resume. For starters, he championed the effort to fund the Highlands Conservation Act, which is a pretty neat little program that is funding conservation projects in the Highlands region, basically ensuring that this area isn’t touched by pollution and industry. He also was a pretty important cog in the clock that made sure that charitable donations to conservation could count as a tax deduction (time to donate I suppose). He’s an avid supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement and has been encouraging his fellow congressmen to also support the Agreement.
Murphy is also the co-author of the Super Pollutants Act, which was co-authored by a Senator from Maine, Susan Collins. The bill focuses on reducing “Super Pollutants,” which are pollutants like methane and HFCs that do more damage to the environment in a shorter amount of time. He’s also been supporting and working on legislation that will curb carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions. Overall, we like Murphy and we hope you’ll vote to keep him in Congress.
Other Senate Candidates:
- Matthew Corey (R)
- Dominic Rapini (R)
- Jeff Russell (Green)
- Richard Lion (Libertarian)
- Fred “Mitch” Linck (Socialist Action)
U.S. House of Representatives
Find your district here.
- Incumbent since 1999
- Honorable mention
District 1, your incumbent has been doing lots for the environment. He’s the author and co-author of several pieces of legislation that target funding and research on fuel cell technology, and hydrogen fuel cell infrastructure in the US. (If you don’t know what hydrogen energy is, here’s a link.) Even though this isn’t quite the direction we want our candidates to take, he does get an honorable mention for all of the funding he has secured for cleaning up the environment and curbing pollutants. He is also a supporter of moving our energy production home so that our national security isn’t dependent on other countries energy supply.
Overall, he has some promising attributes, but he isn’t as dedicated to developing all different types of renewable energy as we would like to see. A strong honorable mention, however.
Other District 1 Candidates:
- Jennifer Nye (R)
- Tom McCormick (Green) – Peace/Environmental Activist – We like Tom’s stance on green energy, but his lack of an outlined plan for Congressional movement toward green energy and environmental protections leave us with no choice but leave him as a suggestion to look further into.
2, you’ve done a good job picking your incumbent, and we’re giving him an endorsement.
- Incumbent since 2006
Courtney has a good voting record, even if he’s said very little about green energy. His voting record shows that he’s in favor of curbing greenhouse gas emissions through government regulation, he supports protecting our natural fisheries and coastlines from pollutants and industry, and has encouraged research and implementation of renewable energy sources in Congress. He is part of a bipartisan community in Congress that is lobbying to make Climate Change a national security issue, which would increase the amount of funding and attention the issue would get nationally.
The corrupt EPA practices that we’ve seen lately have been strongly opposed by Courtney, and he has kept fighting to see that clean air, water, and land is still available and maintained now and for years to come. He has protected federal land from privatization and supported many different bills and funding allocations that will help clean up Connecticut’s waterways and coastline.
We like what Joe is doing and think he’s been a great supporter for most things green. Let’s see him keep up the good work.
Other District 2 Candidates:
- Incumbent since 1991
- Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee
Rosa has done some work when it comes to supporting the natural spaces of District 3. She has always voted in favor of policies that would clean up and reduce pollutants in the many waterways and bodies of water in the district. She also has advocated for policies that reduce the cost of energy by using our reserves of fossil fuels while we transition to green energy technology. As a member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, she’s been working to keep energy price from spiking.
Overall, Rosa still supports using fossil and biofuels, which we aren’t a huge fan of, but she is working on creating green energy job opportunities in District 3 and she has consistently worked to end pollution and protect the natural spaces of Connecticut. We would suggest her as your candidate of choice when it comes to voting during this primary.
Other District 3 Candidate:
We’re for your incumbent, 4!
- Incumbent since 2008
Jim wants to see America move towards green energy technology, but is pretty vague on what he’s done to encourage that. He also wants to see a reduction in our reliance on foreign oil, but instead of allocating those funds to green energy initiatives, he also supports drilling and using domestic natural gas and oil reserves. He has helped to keep close to 2 million acres of wilderness and national parks safe from privatization across the country though, and he has supported legislation that funds and encourages green energy producers and entrepreneurs.
Other District 4 Candidate:
- Harry Arora (R) – Harry Arora has some good ideas on paper, but his past as the vice president of Enron really puts us off anything he has to say about energy equality.
Our pick: Mary Glassman
- Ex-Simsbury First Selectman
Glassman is our pick for a few reasons. She wants Congress to get involved, really involved, in addressing the threat of climate change and finding solutions to the problems that are already caused by climate change. She wants America to invest in renewable energy resources like wind, solar, and fuel cell technology so that we can move away from harmful fossil fuel consumption that only worsens climate change.
Glassman is opposed to rolling back environmental regulations that preserves the environment, and wants to see us use our environment in a healthy way that is beneficial to both our economy and planet. She wants a cape and trade policy for carbon emissions, which basically offers incentives for different industries to reduce their carbon emissions. She wants to rejoin the Paris Accord. She’s got her head in a green direction, and that’s why we’re endorsing her.