In response to the appointment of Senator Joe Manchin as Ranking Member for the Democrats on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change USA, released the following statement.
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.
In honor of Halloween, want to hear something spooooooky? Right now – as you read this – Big Oil and Gas are pouring millions of dollars into fighting back against real climate action at the ballot box. They’re turning our democracy into a haunted house meant to intimidate and scare real climate champions, and to … Read More
Earlier, we posted the details on four climate leaders we’ve endorsed, and now we have four more to spotlight. The stakes of this election are enormous. For too long, politicians have been given a pat on the back for simply saying that they believe in climate change or support clean energy. With the latest report … Read More
November 6th is just around the corner! This election, we have the opportunity to set the record straight on what “climate leadership” means by electing outspoken leaders who are unafraid to take on Big Oil and Gas. For too long, politicians have been given a pat on the back for simply saying that they believe … Read More
There’s no time to play nice with the fossil fuel industry, to give lip service to renewable energy without doing more. We need bold, visionary, brave climate leadership, and we need it now.
When it comes to the nitty-gritty of stopping the build-out of fossil fuel projects, Congress plays a role, but it’s the city councils, port authorities, and Public Utilities Commissions that are regularly making these crucial calls on whether fossil fuel infrastructure gets built – or gets stopped in its tracks. That’s why we’re renewing our partnership with Lead Locally to help elect climate leaders unafraid to stand up to industry at the local level.