Louisiana District 1
Louisiana, your primary election is on July 11. You have some work to do when it comes to sustainability and green energy, and we want to see your beautiful state remain a gorgeous for years to come.
Your primary is different than most states, meaning that you employ a majority vote system. This means that whichever candidate wins the majority of the vote, they win outright. If no candidate reaches that threshold, you vote again between the two top contenders. As long as you’re registered, you can vote.
Let’s take a look at your candidates!
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Antoine Pierce is a community activist and founder of Better Boys Initiative, Inc.
Pierce mentions ensuring environmental protections and subsidizing renewable energy resources, but otherwise doesn’t have an extensive platform.
Dartanyon Williams is a businessman, author, and pastor.
Williams has some good stances on improving transportation – which will also decrease harmful emission output into our atmosphere. He has a good grasp on how disastrous climate change is in regard to gulf coast and the issues that will arise as devastating natural disasters continue to hit the coast. He wants to address coastal erosion and the next steps to deal with losing so much coastline in such a short time.
Overall, Williams has good ideas, but we would like to see him expand the issues on his climate change platform.
Drew Knight is a political activist.
Knight acknowledges that climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing the world, and he wants to see some systemic change. However, he has a limited platform and little information available on his plans to change the system.
Bill Cassidy has been a congressman since 2009, switching between the 5 and 6 districts before he became a Senator. His LCV scorecard rating is 7%.
Cassidy has a terrible voting record. The few items of legislation that he has voted positively on are water conservation programs and research – a very important aspect of conservation in a state that is directly affected by rising sea levels. However, looking into water conservation and pollution reduction and expanding aid for natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, etc. is fairly useless if not researched and addressed in tandem with climate change, which is causing a majority of the water-related natural disasters in the gulf.
Additionally, he has continuously supported expanding and using oil as a major energy source. Louisiana has been a powerhouse of oil refining, and as a ranking member of the Senate Energy Subcommittee, Cassidy has real opportunities daily to work towards a clean energy future, and instead he has been pushed around by oil lobbyists.
His new clean energy angle is natural gas production and consumption. Although natural gas certainly causes less CO2 emissions, the real kicker is it’s methane emissions. Methane can hold almost 90x more heat than a carbon dioxide molecule over a 20 year time period (cited). In simple terms, this heat absorption causes the atmosphere to heat up, causing ice to melt, causing flooding and a rise is sea levels. Although natural gas is, debatably, a better alternative than oil from a ground and water pollution standpoint, it is still far away from being a preferable major energy production and consumption material. We want to see a real interest in solar and hydro power from people in power in the gulf.
Cassidy also clearly states that he wants to get rid of “red tape” to give oil and gas companies an easier time extracting, refining, and producing oil and natural gas. That “red tape” are often necessary and important restrictions and guidelines that refiners need to follow to keep pollution to a minimum and to protect those who live close to these industrial complexes from air and water pollutants. On a local scale, removing these regulations could have serious health repercussions for the people who live in these areas, and on a global scale, the impact on the water and atmospheric emissions will be catastrophic.
We want to see some positive changes from the Senator. He has so many opportunities to work on creating jobs in a vast and rapidly expanding green energy economy that he has been ignoring. Louisiana can’t afford to be left behind in the climate crisis- the rapidly dwindling shoreline is a testament to the amount of time that the Senator has wasted already.
Dustin Murphy is a welder.
Murphy doesn’t have any information available on his stances on sustainability, clean energy, or climate change.
Jamar “Doc” Montgomery
Jamar “Doc” Montgomery is an attorney, mechanical engineer & Navy veteran.
Montgomery doesn’t have any information available on his stances on sustainability, clean energy, or climate change.
District 1 Representatives
Where to begin. Scalise has about five votes during his entire tenure as a congressman that are pro-environment. He has a laundry list of dirty energy votes, support for oil barons, and purposely shooting down important pieces of legislation that would improve and clean up transportation emissions, air and water pollution, and ecosystems. He introduced a resolution in 2019 to condemn a carbon tax, and played a major role in securing the rights to offshore drilling for oil. His news feed is just a constant litany of all the terrible decisions he has made that have serious negative impacts on the environment.
Although his websites are fairly sparse when it comes to platform information, he does have a few things to say about agriculture and energy. Mainly, he wants to protect the agricultural resources that are prevalent in the First District and he wants his constituents to “learn about initiatives and news items regarding energy.” Needless to say, some digging was necessary to see what he doesn’t want his constituents to find.
As far as agriculture goes, Scalise voted for the five year Farm Bill that was ratified in 2018. This Farm bill rolled back important regulations regarding pesticides (which have a proven link to causing cancer) which are now unregulated and being absorbed into Louisiana’s abundant watersheds. The bill also cut about $800 million from conservation programs, cut protections for endangered species, and weakened the National Environmental Policy Act (which is an environmental guideline enforced by the federal government for almost all industries). Scalise introduced an anti-carbon tax resolution, citing a tax burden on American families, when the idea of a carbon tax introduced a tax on corporations- ultimately paid from their millions or billions of dollars in profits.
Since fishing is a huge aspect of economic prosperity in Louisiana, it would make sense that Scalise would be held accountable for the environmental impacts of the Bonnet Carre Spillway, and how it affects shrimp, oyster, and other marine life. But, instead of pushing for accountability using the Endangered Species Act and pushing to keep the Spillway closed more often than not, he is pushing for hush money to be flooded into fisheries instead of working on a better solution for the overflow water of the Mississippi River that has been causing the ecosystem disruption. Although these fishery families and communities deserve the money to mitigate the financial disasters they are dealing with, they more so deserve someone in Congress who will work to address the root of the problem instead of just throwing money at it.
We could go on and on about Scalise’s terrible impact on the information and the continued threat he poses to the livelihood of many Louisiana communities. For now, we just advise trying to hold your incumbent accountable in the voting booth and through your own, local activism.
Lee Ann Dugas
Lee Ann Dugas is a disabled Navy veteran.
Dugas doesn’t have any information available on her stances on sustainability, clean energy, or climate change.