Hello, Delaware! Do your part in sustainability by learning about the eco-friendly congressmen up for election. To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.
Voting in Delaware
Delaware, you are one of the only at-large states in the U.S., which means that you have one Representative for your whole state in the House. Your state also has closed elections, which means that you have to be affiliated with a party to vote in their primary (and in the general election too), but the candidates don’t need a majority vote to win a nomination, they just need to have the MOST votes out of all the candidates. Let’s get to it! P.S. Your primary is September 6, so let’s be quick about it.
- Incumbent since 2001
- Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee
- Member of the Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure
- Co-Chair of the Nuclear Caucus
- Member of the Oceans Caucus
- Co-Chair of the Recycling Caucus
- Former Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, United States Senate
- Former Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Carper has been putting in his hours when it comes to environmental issues in Congress. Since Delaware catches a lot of the drifting emissions from other states, Carper has pushed and pushed to maintain the Clean Air Act and EPA’s ability to pursue clean air initiatives. This Act has and will continue to decrease the cases of asthma in children and remove toxins from the air that threaten the health and safety of his residents (and the rest of America, too). He’s passionate about getting dirty cars off the road, so he co-authored the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, which was signed into law in 2011 and has been keeping older, inefficient diesel engines from creating a lot of pollution.
Nuclear energy is one of the really big pillars of Carper’s platform. Whereas we don’t necessarily like all the risk associated with nuclear energy as compared to wind or solar, nuclear energy has kept a lot of carbon emissions from leaking into the atmosphere. Carper is one of the people who is in charge of making sure that our nuclear energy facilities maintain their funding so that they aren’t a threat to the environment or public health. Nuclear energy isn’t our favorite form of alternative energy, but it is better than fossil fuels and coal, so, for now, we’ll take it.
As founder of the Senate Recycling Caucus, Carper is always prioritizing the easiest way for Americans to make a difference: reducing, reusing, and recycling. We really like that he was so passionate about recycling that he created a caucus and addresses this issue regularly, as recycling does help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, gets citizens involved in environmentalism at a local level, and creates jobs.
Carper is known in Congress to have worked towards loosening the strict logistical procedures that would allow the offshore wind mining industry to grow in federally owned water. He has also fought for tax incentives for offshore wind power, and funding to build offshore wind turbines (which are a real pretty penny). However, offshore wind energy is a great way to transfer jobs from coal and fossil fuel jobs to green energy jobs. In additional to fighting for all these things, Carper also has worked with the Department of the Interior, so that way we can use wind power from offshore sites responsibly, and with minimal impact to the environment.
Overall, Carper’s career is a testament to his dedication to preserving the environment and working America towards a green energy economy that is stable and independent from foreign contributors. Let’s keep this good voice in Congress.
Other Senate Candidates:
- Kerri Harris (D)
- Rob Arlett (R)
- Rocky de la Fuente (R) – Rocky is a California resident, but is running in several states as their representative.
- Gene Truono (R)
- Demitri Theodoropoulos (G)
- Nadine Frost (L)
- Barry Eveland (Write-In)
- Matthew Water Stout (Write-In)
U.S. House of Representatives
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There currently is not a lot of information from any of your candidates about their positions on green and renewable energy sources and their platforms on cleaning and preserving the environment. We suggest selecting your candidate based on other issues that are important to you, and to reach out to your candidates to request their platform on renewable energy.