Pennsylvania District 8
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District 8 Representatives
Matt Cartwright has been a Congressman since 2013. His LCV scorecard ranking is 96%.
Cartwright has a good voting record. In general, he votes positively for caps on carbon emissions, protecting endangered species and land. However, he wants to use an all-of-the-above energy approach to move America into a clean energy future. Although the US will need to rely on dirty energy production and consumption while moving into clean energy, the timeline associated with an all-of-the-above approach is generally too slow to make that path a viable reality.
Regardless, Cartwright has announced and $500,000 grant to clean up mines in Luzerne County. It looks like cleaning up mines and repurposing them has become a sort of hallmark of his tenure. He also is fighting to repeal the Halliburton loophole, a provision in the Clean Water Act that allows fracking companies to hide the type of chemicals they use.
If Cartwright has the ability to speed up his all-of-the-above approach to the next five to ten years and then switch to a sustainable and clean economy, we can see him doing a lot of positive things in Congress.
Mike Marsicano is an Ex-Hazleton Mayor and businessman. Rank: Weak
Marsicano has a few good things going for him, and they are his intentions to rebuild the infrastructure surrounding the agricultural communities in District 8, rebuild the rail system, his support of the USMCA trade deal, and widening access to broadband internet. He wants to see farmers and rural communities prosper and grow, and not be hindered by the crumbling infrastructure prevalent in rural America. However, he also supports growing commercial agriculture without supplying any ideas on how to curb water and earth pollution that big agribusiness generally brings to an area.
Marsicano also supports fracking. Fracking in dangerous for the environment and for the well-being of the constituents of District 8. There are better, cleaner ways to produce energy and build the economy in rural Pennsylvania than fracking.
Although he supports some good causes, overall Marsicano generally wants to see these changes brought on for the wrong reasons. He doesn’t see the reason we should be using these much needed infrastructure updates to move into a clean energy economy and to move away from huge agribusiness to more sustainable forms of farming.
Harry Haas is a Luzerne County Councilman & teacher.
Haas doesn’t say anything specific about climate change or sustainability, but he does oppose green legislation like the Green New Deal.
Jim Bognet is a Political Consultant, Attorney & Ex-Export-Import bank official.
Bognet doesn’t have a lot to say about environmentalism, but he mentions supporting coal mining. We think that rehabilitating coal mines and miners is the only sustainable way to move forward and away from the pollution that coal mining and consumption produces.
Earl Granville is a veteran & Disabled Veterans Advocate.
Granville doesn’t have any information available on his stances on sustainability, clean energy, or climate change.
Mike Cammisa is a bar manager.
Cammisa does not have any information available on his stances on sustainability and clean energy.
Teddy Daniels is a businessman, retired police officer & a veteran.
Daniels doesn’t have any information available on his stances on sustainability, clean energy, or climate change.