As Democrats vie for leadership positions in the new Congress, 47 progressive groups released a letter today demanding that candidates for House leadership posts pledge to reject fossil fuel money. In order to effectively lead on a Green New Deal and make a just transition away from fossil fuels, the letter calls for prospective leaders of the new House to declare themselves fossil fuel money-free.
The number of Congressmembers who have taken the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge has more than doubled to 35 members, and nearly a third of newly elected Democrats who flipped U.S. House seats have taken the pledge.
In a sign of things to come, nearly a third of the new Democratic freshman class has signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge. Of the 37+ Democrats who flipped House seats from red to blue, 11 have signed the Pledge to reject all contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industries.
In times of uncertainty and fear, there’s something comforting about the things you can plan for, and the ways that we can come together to make a real difference. And here’s a big one: One of the most important elections of our lives is tomorrow.