Hey there, Vermont! Let’s review your eco-friendly congressional candidates before you vote in the primary! To learn more about Sustainable Politician Project, read our full intro here.

Voting In Vermont

You have an open primary scheduled for August 14. Open primaries mean that you don’t have to be registered with a party to vote in that party’s primary. Your candidates win by plurality vote, so a candidate doesn’t need a majority of the votes, just the most votes.

Things on the ballot this year: US Senate, US House, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, State, Treasurer, Secretary of State, State Auditor of Accounts, Attorney General, State Senate, State House, local judges, and candidate ballot access.

U.S. Senate

Our pick: Bernie Sanders – (Campaign Site)

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2006

It’s hard not to endorse Bernie when you look at his climate change and sustainable record. He has consistently stood up against the oil industry lobbyists in Congress and has openly condemned anyone who denies climate change and takes money from big fossil fuel industries. This is especially true for those who are on the bankroll of oil industries that are lobbying for threats to the environment, like the Keystone XL Pipeline and research and funding for sustainable energy. He wants to leave oil, natural gas, and coal in the ground, and move America into sustainable energy practices that will keep the disastrous and expensive weather patterns and catastrophes from occurring more regularly.

Bernie supports and has a strong voting record of supporting, green energy technology and making switches to sustainable energy practices. He wants to end the tax subsidies for oil companies and keep solar, wind, and geothermal technology growing economically.

Revamping the electric grid and our transportation infrastructure to reflect sustainable energy goals is also one of his platforms. Revamping the grid and transforming the transportation system would decrease outages and improve energy efficiency, which would drive prices down for energy consumers. Bernie has a great green energy platform, and we are pleased to endorse him.

Other Senate Candidates:

U.S. House of Representatives

Vermont, you have a district-at-large, meaning your whole state is one district. No need to figure out which district you get to vote for! You also did a great job with your incumbent when it comes to the environment. We’re pleased to give him our endorsement.

Our pick: Peter Welch – (Campaign Site)

  • Democrat
  • Incumbent since 2006
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Subcommittee on Energy

Welch, as an incumbent, is a former member of the Safe Climate Caucus and House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, and he has made huge strides in Congress to keep the EPA from being hindered by fossil fuel lobbyists and other members of Congress that want to stifle the EPA and cut regulations that protect the environment. He has been a leading guardian of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He’s been fighting against the Keystone XL pipeline and other pipelines that put the environment at risk for pollutants.

As a leader in promoting energy efficiency, Welch supports and has pushed legislation that would introduce a Cap and Trade system on carbon emissions, which would reduce the amount of emissions large corporations emit each year. He also introduced tax incentives in June of 2018 that would make electric vehicles more affordable and accessible for Americans. He has had several of his water infrastructure and cleaning bills passed in Congress, which have cleaned lakes and repaired dams. He’s been a big pusher of the EPA (especially under Pruitt) to release studies to the public so that the health impacts can be analyzed. He’s known to be able to work bipartisan, and we think that is a super important trait when it comes to making real progress in protecting and cleaning the environment.

Other House Candidates:
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