This letter was sent to Senator Feinstein’s office on February 22nd, hours after video emerged of a tense encounter between the Senator and young supporters of the Green New Deal resolution in her office.
February 22, 2019
Dear Senator Feinstein,
On behalf of the dozen organizations active in the No Fossil Fuel Money coalition, representing millions of supporters, we write to demand that you live up to your pledge to “prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”
On February 24, 2018, you signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge in person at the California Democratic Party’s Environmental Caucus meeting in San Diego, California.
The No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, as you know, states the following: “I pledge to not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”
As articulated on the website, “[t]aking 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, executives, or front groups of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal.”
We’ve recently learned that during your 2018 Senatorial campaign, after signing the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, you accepted at least two major contributions that are in clear violation of this pledge:
- On June 5, 2018, a $5000 contribution from the Tesoro Petroleum Corporation Political Action Committee.
- On September 4, 2018, a $2500 contribution from the Phillips 66 Political Action Committee.
As both of these contributions are from political action committees directly affiliated with oil companies, they are in clear violation of the pledge you signed.
We demand that you immediately return these funds and any other funds received by your campaign that violate the pledge you signed on February 24, 2018. Failure to provide proof of the return of these funds by close of business Friday, March 1 will result in your removal from our listing of No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge signers.
Further, we stand in solidarity with the young constituents who visited your office today to request your support for the Green New Deal resolution. We believe your response to their respectful request was unbecoming of a climate champion and we urge you to reconsider your position, and to issue an apology to the youth who spoke with you.
Should you wish to speak further on this matter, please contact us as follows:
RL Miller, Founder, Climate Hawks Vote, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director, Oil Change U.S.: email@example.com
We strongly encourage you to take immediate action both to live up to the pledge that you signed and to show that you recognize the urgency of the climate crisis by supporting bold action commensurate with what the crisis demands.
RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote and David Turnbull, Oil Change United States, on behalf of the No Fossil Fuel Money coalition