Louisiana District 6
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 6 Representatives
Garret Graves has been an incumbent since 2014.
Graves’s official page on energy is characterized by an infographic about the possible negative effects of ozone regulations and oil price decreases, saying regulations need a balance between economic development and the environment. While he has an LCV of 5%, his score for 2019 alone was 17%; still low, but slight progress. Graves has voted against eliminating the EPA’s chemical hazard assessment program and to maintain the mercury and air toxics standards. He also voted in support of an amendment to the Climate Action Now Act addressing the need to avoid and reduce general losses due to climate change, as well as the need for sustainable development. Graves is the co-chairman of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and has said he’s optimistic about bipartisan ideas that have come from this committee. He believes that adaptation and mitigation measures should be happening, particularly in respect to rising sea levels. However, Graves has also voted against a number of climate bills, as shown through his LCV. in 2015 he voted to reject the Clean Power Plan, and just last year he voted to reject a carbon tax. According to open secrets, his top industry donor is the oil and gas industry, with donations of $109,500 in 2019-2020, and a total of $628,585 from the industry since 2013.
It is concerning that a member of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is accepting as much in donations as he is from the oil and gas industry. There are clear conflicts between Graves’s actions in accepting donations and rejecting numerous environmental bills, and his words for addressing climate change with bipartisan action, and this discrepancy needs to be addressed. While he has mentioned the need to address rising sea levels, he does not have other specifics as it relates to climate change or environmental issues, so we would love to hear from Graves about his specific climate plans.