FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 1, 2019

Contact:
David Turnbull, david@priceofoil.org
RL Miller, rlm@climatehawksvote.com

Sen. Harris becomes 15th No Fossil Fuel Money pledge signer in 2020 Democratic field

Today, during the California Democratic Party convention, Senator Kamala Harris officially signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, becoming the 15th of 23 major Democratic candidates for president to sign the pledge. In response, No Fossil Fuel Money pledge coalition members released the following statements:

David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director, Oil Change U.S.:
“We applaud Senator Harris for showing the courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry by signing the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. In joining 14 of her fellow candidates for president, Senator Harris is putting the fossil fuel industry on notice. The next president of the United States must reject the grip of the fossil fuel industry on our politics and our climate, and signing the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge is a key first step.

“With nearly two-thirds of the field – including 8 out of 10 of the top-polling candidates – now having signed the pledge, chances are high that the Democratic nominee for president will have committed to reject Big Oil’s dirty money. But that’s simply the first step. Now that Senator Harris has chosen to stand with people over polluters, we look forward to seeing her lay out a robust and aggressive climate platform to keep fossil fuels in the ground in line with what science demands.”

RL Miller, Political Director, Climate Hawks Vote:
“I’m excited to see Kamala sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge at home in San Francisco. Senator Harris is showing that she’ll stand up against the special interests seeking to drown America in a dark wave of oil money.”

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Notes for editors:

  • 15 out of the 23 major Democratic party candidates for president have now taken the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, including 8 of the top 10 polling candidates according to the Real Clear Politics average of major national polls.
  • For a full listing of No Fossil Fuel Money pledge signers in the presidential race, see: http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/presidential-signers/
  • Taking the pledge means that a politician or candidate’s campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal. Over 1,500 candidates nationwide and 48 sitting members of Congress have taken the pledge. See more at: http://nofossilfuelmoney.org

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