Louie, in our opinion, is in a position that we definitely do not people with his opinions to be in. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Gohmert has voted on pretty much every occasion possible to not to pass legislation that uses our natural resources responsibly and keeps our environment healthy. Recently he voted not to introduce any new legislation to the House that has to do with a carbon tax. He has voted to delay regulations that police carbon emissions and has consistently tried to overturn regulations that the EPA has been enforcing for clean water and air. Time for Gohmert to get out of the House and back into the wild.
Shirley McKellar (D) – Rank: Weak
McKellar has very little to say on the environment, but what she does have to say is positive. She acknowledges that Texas has huge potential economically and environmentally to produce a lot of renewable energy. She also acknowledges that the government needs to take more action to mitigate climate change. Overall, we would like to see a more detailed plan from McKellar when it comes to the environment.
Jeff Callaway (L) – Rank: Unknown
Callaway does not have much information about his green and sustainable energy platform available.
Dan Crenshaw (R) – Rank: Unknown
Crenshaw does not have any information in his platform about green energy or the environment.
Todd Litton (D) – Rank: Good
Litton has a plan when it comes to green energy. Running as a candidate in a district that been hit with weird weather and unusual flooding recently, Litton wants to get into Congress and make strides when it comes to mitigating climate change. He has a plan for proactive and protective actions that he would like to take to Congress.
Proactively, Litton wants to harness the wind and solar potential in TX-02, and this means bringing infrastructure developments that work with renewable energy methods. Litton also wants to rejoin the Paris agreements, and move funding into sustainable energy technology advancement programs
Protectively, the home front is what Litton is looking to keep safe. He wants to protect the coast from pollution, and also increase hurricane infrastructure for the hurricanes that Texas will not be receiving more of (thanks climate change).
Todd supports green energy and has a plan to move toward a future that uses green energy to phase out fossil fuels and clean up the environment. He’s green in our book.
Patrick Gunnels (L) – Rank: Unknown
Patrick’s only campaign platform is to use his personal Twitter account as a way to Retweet his opinions. We couldn’t find anything about his stances on renewable energy.
Scott Cubbler (I) – Rank: Unknown
Scott does not have information regarding his platform and, in particular, sustainable energy available.
Van Taylor (R) – Rank: Unknown
Taylor has little information available about his stances on green industry.
Lorie Burch (D) – Rank: Good
Burch has a quote on her website that we would like to highlight when it comes to her stance on green energy:
“All the challenges that face our country, such as health care, immigration, inequality, are meaningless if we don’t have a planet to live on. It’s time for our very survival to stop being a political game. Over 97% of peer reviewed climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to climate change. This is our home and we need to treat it like one.”
This attitude that she exhibits is a good start when it comes how we foresee her voting in Congress. Her overall strategy lacks details, but we believe that she will take voting for environment and switching to renewable energy sources seriously. She has stated she would work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and move America into the age of innovative, sustainable energy practices.
Chris Claytor (L) – Rank: Unknown
Chris does not any information available regarding his stances on renewable energy and environmental initiatives.
Jeff Simmons (Write-In) – Rank: Unknown
Jeff does not mention anything about his platform on green energy or the environment.
Ratcliffe has voted to pass legislation that reduces how effective the EPA can be towards regulations that help our air quality and protect the atmosphere. He supports coal mining and other forms of dirty energy that are being phased out by greener technologies that are bringing more jobs to the country (and to by voting against these Acts and bills, he is limiting job growth in TX-03).
He’s a firm believer that instead of moving away from dependence on foreign energy options, we should deregulate our drilling and dirty energy options. This is bad for a variety of reasons, but the main ones are the concerns that this poses for pollution levels in the environment, and also for our national security as the fossil fuel industry requires US reliance on foreign countries. Moving Texas into green technologies mitigates both of those issues. Additionally, Ratcliffe voted to build the Keystone XL Pipeline, and that’s just not cool with us.
Catherine Krantz (D) – Rank: Good
Catherine has very little to say about sustainable energy and the environment but has indicated that the government should be doing more to fund research and development of renewable energy. She has also indicated that the federal government should be regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Ken Ashby (L) – Rank: Bad
Ken can’t even admit that climate change is real and caused by human industry. Ken believes in the illusion of safety that is presented to him by the curbed research analysis presented by our current and past governments, all of which have hidden and lied about the effects of climate change and the harmful pollutants that they allow industries to use in exchange for some pocket change.
Ken thinks that since there was no “real” science in the 90’s to expose climate change and bring it to the public’s attention (there was, climate change has been attributed to man-made emissions since as early as the beginning of the 19th century), America has no need to worry about the changing weather patterns or risks to environment that dirty energy is causing. Overall, Ken lives in a bubble of his own ignorance when it comes to clean energy and the potential that it can offer America, not only environmentally, but economically and globally as well. As far as we’re concerned, Ken’s “net” value when it comes to cleaner energy initiatives and preserving our planet for future generations is an absolute zero.
Lance Gooden (R) – Rank: Unknown
Lance has refused to provide information about his stances on renewable energy and climate change.
Dan Wood (D) – Rank: Unknown
Dan has refused to provide information regarding his environmental policies and stance on climate change and renewable energy.
Phil Gray (L/Write-In) – Rank: Weak
Phil has a little bit of a confusing strategy to get off of our dependency on oil and the (dying) coal industry, but it revolves around switching to natural gas. Natural gas produces less carbon emissions than oil or coal, but the energy that Phil puts towards remodeling our society to run off natural gasses, we wish he would funnel into green energy resources and plans. Overall, he mostly wants to make energy sources cheaper and more available for everyone, when in reality, the effort to flip our gas-guzzling, an oil-dependent nation should be put towards a market that will continuously benefit our economy without ruining our environment (the renewable energy economy). Phil wants to remove America from the business of oils and coal, but instead of replacing it completely with green energy, he wants to move into the next least sustainable energy source: natural gas.
Ron Wright (R) – Rank: Unknown
Wright has refused to say anything about environmental policy or renewable energy.
Jana Lynne Sanchez (D) – Rank: Good
Jana has a plan for her district when it comes to renewable energy, and that’s exactly what we like to see in Congressional candidates. Her plan is simple: use natural gas as a stepping stone to move away from oil, gas, and coal energy productions, and into an energy economy that is dependent on renewable energy. Since natural gas is about 50% cleaner that the energy that TX-06 currently uses, the air quality will improve for all constituents by following Sanchez’s plan. After moving off of gas, oil, and coal, and onto natural gas, she then wants to focus on the environment and cleaning up TX-06.
Renewable energy is a growing field and is blue-collar intensive when it comes to jobs. Since TX-06 has a large population of constituents who work in industries like carpentry, electrical, and other trade jobs, the green energy industry would be economically advantageous in TX-06. Solar paneling and wind energy require manpower to manage, build, and market. Sanchez wants to increase the green energy consumption in her district by 20% in the next few years. The ozone damage that has been done is TX-06 is physically damaging already to the citizens living in this area of Texas, and Sanchez in invested in making sure that the ozone doesn’t get worse.
Here are three steps that Sanchez has outlined:
Subsidy extensions: extend the solar subsidies that give a 30 percent tax credit to energy consumers that use solar energy. This includes low-interest loans to install solar panels and give tax credits for geothermal heat pumps and residential wind energy systems. Ultimately, this would save Texan’s money on their energy bills, since gas and oil require huge amounts of money to process these resources into energy.
Drop import tariffs: Building solar panels in the US is heavily taxed, and importing these solar panels has a heavy tariff. These taxes and tariffs were imposed by the current administration and are a result of big oil and coal lobbyists in Congress. Reducing these tariffs and taxes makes sustainable energy more readily available, and lower the cost of installation and usage.
Net metering: Make sure that customers using solar and wind energy are paying equal or lesser amounts on the energy consumption that those using fossil fuels. Since solar users can be charged a higher rate than energy consumers using fossil fuels, it seems a little unfair that they can’t reap the benefits of their investments.
As far as research and development goes, Sanchez is all in. She wants universities, companies, and other key renewable energy players to benefit form a government that is willing to invest in green energy technology. She will support legislation that will provide these different research venues the opportunity to fund new methods of renewable energy and to test how effective these new energy forms are.
Jason Harber (L) – Rank: Unknown
Jason has no information available about his platform whatsoever.
Culberson believes in an all-of-the-above energy plan that focuses on increasing our domestic energy production, regardless of what TYPE of energy it is. He’s not opposed to renewable energy, but the majority of his platform focuses on how Texas should stay focuses on oil and gas production, even though that economy will eventually peter out. He’s very short-sighted in his visions for TX-07, and is more focused on current economic expansion through detrimental policies and methods that will harm Texas’s public health and beautiful environment.
As far as energy production goes, Culberson has one thing right: that robust energy production is the key to economic success in Texas. What he’s wrong about is focusing his attention on an industry that is limited to a dwindling natural resource. He wants to increase offshore drilling, which has had incredibly harmful impacts on the environment, and would funnel money in the big oil corporations that don’t need our tax subsidies so that the status quo remains undisturbed. Texans need visionaries who can look at the big picture and past their share of corporate profits to a future that is sustainable and healthy for all the future generations who will live in it. Culberson is not the visionary that TX-07 deserves, and is a mediocre Washington sell-out at best.
Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D) – Rank: Good
Lizzie does not have a detailed plan as far as moving into a green-energy economy, but she does support taking advantage of the clean energy industry in Texas and expanding it. She also mentions putting money into vocational training programs so that the renewable energy industry in Texas can expand and employ knowledgeable and efficient workers.
Brady has been fighting against regulations that protect the environment and the population from the risks and consequences of expansive oil drilling, fracking, and offshore drilling. He’s worked with large oil companies invested in the Gulf for a long time and will continue to take their money, regardless of the repercussions to the planet, his future grandkids, or the health of constituents and country. His entire voting history focuses on ruining the natural wonders of our country for the political and corporate interests of big oil businesses, not the health and futures of his constituents. Overall, it’s safe to say that from an environmental standpoint, Brady sold out to corporate money a long time ago.
Steven David (D) – Rank: Good
David provides minimal insights into his platform on green energy. He supports the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and government funding for renewable energy, but that’s the only information we can find about his platform.
Chris Duncan (L) – Rank: Unknown
Duncan does not provide information about his renewable energy platform or policies on the environment.
Green doesn’t really outline his plan on sustainability or the environment, but his voting record speaks for itself. Most of his votes represent his support for protecting the environment and maintaining and expanding sustainable energy practices. However, he has voted to expand offshore drilling, just not in Texas, and also voted to remove the requirements placed on the Keystone XL Pipeline that would have studies run to understand the environmental and social impacts of the pipeline.
He does support government funding for research and development of renewable energy, and also supports regulating greenhouse gas emissions. His voting records speak loudly about his commitment to sustainability with an LCV score of 84%, but we wish he wouldn’t be so quiet about the importance of expanding this critical new industry.
Phil Kurtz (L) – Rank: Unknown
Kurtz does not provide any information about his stances on sustainability.
Benjamin Hernandez (I) – Rank: Weak
Hernandez has an extremely vague and limited stance on sustainability and climate change. We can assume from what he says that he believes in the likelihood that climate change is affecting the weather patterns that have been wreaking havoc across usually stoic Texas, but we don’t believe that this is enough. Belief in climate change and creating a plan to mitigate the effects and be proactive about environmental issues in Congress are not equal. Hernandez is doing the bare minimum when it comes to the environment, and to us, that translates as wishy-washy in Congress.
Kesha Rogers (I) – Rank: Unknown
Kesha does not have any credible information available about her platform regarding environmental policies or sustainability.
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