Minnesota District 7

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Minnesota Senators

Tina Smith
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Tina Smith has been an incumbent since 2018. Her LCV scorecard rank is 100%. 

As a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, Smith emphasizes the importance of fighting against the current administration’s environmental rollbacks. With a perfect voting record, she has proven the environment to be her focus. Smith has also partnered with Senator Klobuchar to secure $3 million of funding for the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System, a $40,0000 grant from the EPA for water quality monitoring in Grand Portage, and a $1.3 million grant for Great Lakes Restoration. She has been a strong advocate for clean energy, and is a member of the Senate Democrat’s Special Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Farm Bill also gives funding for clean energy projects in agriculture, an addition that Smith worked hard for. Smith also introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2019, which was meant to bring the electricity sector to net zero emissions by 2050 and encourage more zero-emissions products. 

Smith has made some great strides in sustainability in the political sphere, and we think she should be able to continue her good work.


Paula Overby
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Paula Overby is a Technology Analyst. 

Overby supports renewable energy usage and reprimands our lack of government action in reducing fossil fuel usage. He believes that refusing to invest in renewable energy is disadvantageous towards our economy, at a time when renewable energy is being acquired and searched for globally. Smith advocates for energy policy focused on sustainable technologies and research into energy conservation in order to successfully face global warming. She is also against sulfide mining in Minnesota, instead advocating for long-term clean energy development.


Bob Carney
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Bob “Again” Carney is a Non-Profit Consultant.

Carney recently patented an invention to regulate sunlight reaching earth, which was designed to be both a solution to global warming and a way to provide less expensive solar energy, weather management, and solar powered aircraft and space launches. He plans on reviewing the elements of his invention to make sure it is scientifically sound, and says it should be implemented regardless of the truth of climate change. Carney’s invention is meant to improve on an idea by Dr. Roger Angel, by putting clouds of trillions of giant tethered mirrors at Lagrange Point One between earth and the sun. He does not seem to have a stance on climate change, and believes it may or may not be real.


Steve Carlson
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Steve Carlson is a Business Consultant. 

Carlson only supports government funding for renewable energy projects that resell the energy to the marketplace, and he does not think it should regulate greenhouse gas emissions. He further believes that states should take care of their own environments instead of government regulations, and he does not support cap and trade regulations. He also said, in an interview in 2018, that he believes we need to study climate change’s impact on different sectors of our society, but he agrees with the current administration about pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement and says we shouldn’t put our economy under the control of the United Nations.


Ahmad Hassan
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Ahmad Hassan is a Real Estate Broker & Texas Resident

Hassan does not have any environmental stances online. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


Christopher Seymore
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Aside from the creation of a Jobs Bill to help aspects of society such as the environment, Seymore does not have any environmental stances out. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


Cynthia Gail
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Cynthia Gail was a 2016 State Senate Candidate. 

Gail does not have any environmental stances online. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


James Reibestein
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James Reibestein was a City Council Candidate

Reibestein does not have any environmental stances online. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


Jason Lewis
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Jason Lewis is an Ex-Congressman & Ex-Radio Show Host.

Lewis does not have any environmental stances online. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


Josh Ondich
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Josh Ondich is a retail worker. 

Ondich does not have any environmental stances online. We would love to know about his environmental plans!


Kevin O’Connor
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Kevin O’Connor is a Marijuana Legalization Activist. 

O’Connor doesn’t have a platform outside of hemp that we can find. However, hemp is a very useful plant that, if grown and harvested sustainably, can have a big impact on construction product production and consumption.


Oliver Steinberg
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Oliver Steinberg is the Grassroots State Party Co-Founder & Marijuana Legalization Activist

Steinberg doesn’t have a platform outside of hemp that we can find. However, hemp is a very useful plant that, if grown and harvested sustainably, can have a big impact on construction product production and consumption.


District 7 Representatives

Collin Peterson
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Collin Peterson has been an incumbent since 1991. His lifetime LCV Score: 33%

Peterson does not tackle the issue of climate change directly. He supports the funding of renewable alternatives, but also is very reluctant to reduce funding for fossil fuels. Without the combined effect of both these actions, it will be extremely difficult for new renewable energy companies to compete with oil companies that have existed for hundreds of years. Peterson’s 2019 LCV score of 69% is much higher than his lifetime LCV score of 33%, however it still has not reached satisfactory levels. That being said, his LCV score has been fluctuating throughout his nearly 30-year run in congress, so it is unlikely that his unsustainable views have shifted. We need politicians who take the issue of climate change seriously in order to set America on a path to sustainability, and Peterson does not fit the bill.


Dave Hughes
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Dave Hughes is an Instructor Pilot, Retired USAF Officer, and Aerospace Engineer.

Hughes believes that the government should have no hand in regulating greenhouse gas emissions. This approach is obviously flawed due to the fact that climate change is a global issue, therefore the actions of one state affects another whether they want it to or not. He claims that he “support[s] all forms of energy” and that the free market should dictate whether they succeed or fail. This is his excuse for not funding renewable energy even though fossil fuel companies have been receiving government subsidies for decades, giving them an obvious leg up on much smaller alternative energy sources. We need politicians in office that understand how crucial it is to take the issue of climate change seriously, and Hughes is not one of these people.


Michelle Fischbach
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Michelle Fischbach is the Ex-Lt Governor, Ex-State Senate President & Attorney

Fischbach only supports soft environmental legislation that leaves a lot of room for exploitation. She supports loosening up legislation for building on wetlands and doesn’t support a government cap on pollution. It is clear that the environment is not an important issue to her. In order for us to support Fischbach, we would need her to commit to much more bold plans.


Stephen Emery
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Stephen Emery is an Attorney and an Ex-Agricultural Consultant.

Emery thinks that human-caused climate change is a hoax that is being used to increase taxes and “destroy the United States through wealth transfer”. He has a similar stance on many environmental issues with next to no scientific reasoning. Much of his beliefs lay on a bed of conspiracies and discredit any evidence that would prove him wrong. It would be a huge step in the wrong direction to elect Emery to this position.


William Louwagie
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William Louwagie is a Farmer.

Louwagie does not support government regulation of greenhouse gases or the government funding of renewable energy sources. It is necessary that we take these steps in order to set America on the right direction to stop climate change. It is clear that Louwagie would not be willing to do what it takes to fight climate change.


Alycia Gruenhagen
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Alycia Gruenhagen is a Food Co-Op Manager

Gruenhagen does not have any information available about her environmental policies.


Jayesun Sherman
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Jayesun Sherman is an Ex-Windom City Councilman, Teacher, and Pastor.

Collis does not have any information available about his environmental policies.


Noel Collis
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Noel Collis is a Physician.

Collis does not have any information available about his environmental policies.


Rae Hart Anderson
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Rae Hart Anderson is a Nurse and Ex-Teacher.

Anderson does not have any information available about her environmental policies.


Slater Johnson
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Slater Johnson

Johnson does not have any information available about his environmental policies.