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All U.S. congressional districts, including the 7th Congressional district of Georgia (GA07), are holding midterm elections on November 6, 2018.

Below are the GA07 candidates challenging incumbent Rob Woodall (R). See the candidates’ positions on climate change, below, and in the May 22nd primary and November 6th general elections—vote climate!

 


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Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) – Runoff Election is July 24th

Bourdeaux addresses climate change in her position statement on the environment:

CAROLYN ON ENVIRONMENT

Just as we judge prior generations for their failure to recognize human rights, I think that future generations will judge us for our failure to address the environment and climate change. I have a 6 year old son and I’ve started to think about what his future is going to look like.

One prediction is that given the rate of the bleaching of our coral reefs, we will lose 90% of our coral reefs by 2050 and that this will produce a catastrophic destruction of ocean life and this also will produce a massive disruption of our food chain and loss of fisheries. My son will be in his 30s when this happens.

We already face increased flooding on our coasts, but by 2100 experts predict we will lose most of southern Florida and coastal cities around the world will be underwater. We will either need to make massive investments in infrastructure to stave off flooding or will have to deal with huge population resettlement. My son will be old – late eighties – by the time the full effects are felt but the growing impact will affect his day to day life in ways we cannot fully predict.

Meanwhile, our government is subsidizing the destruction of our planet. The US provides $20.5 billion in subsidies to the fossil fuel industry each year. I see a place to start to balance our budget. We must reinstate the Paris Climate Accord which calls for an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and align our energy policy and investments to meet these goals.

 


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David Kim (D) – Runoff Election is July 24th

Kim does not have a position statement on climate change.

 


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Shane Hazel (R)

Hazel does not have a position statement on climate change. He does state that:

Unleashing America’s private sector with low taxes, sound money, and deregulation, these are the keys to a thriving economy and flourishing human condition.

When asked for additional comments by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Hazel responded:

Constitutionally, there isn’t a power delegated to the federal government to address the environment, and I don’t trust our federal government to protect our environment. The EPA alone has a long history of creating environmental disasters and no one in government ever answers for those disasters which cost Americans lives, jobs and billions of dollars. Examples in just recent history include:

Worse is when private citizens like Kevin create new tech in the private sector, it is often ignored by the U.S. Government so they can push a political agenda for their own gain. I believe the States and their people know their environment best, and can make better, more informed decisions at their State and Local levels. Citizens can also reach their local politicians much easier than they can a federal representative.

And that’s just the EPA. Factor in the BLM, Department of Interior, FDA and we have a recipe for federal disaster that not only affects our environment, but also the water we drink, the food we eat and a whole host of law suits that will cost Americans even more.

In the end, I’ve sworn an Oath to uphold the Constitution, and the environment is a State reserved power per the Constitution.

I’m a conservationist and every year like clockwork, my friends and family work fields, trails and water ways to make sure we have created a sustainable life-giving ecosystem for clean food and water. The days are long, often extremely hot and always exhausting. However, at the end of the day when my family and friends are covered head to toe in dirt, dust and mud and finally get to sit together and look out on the land we care for as the sun sets, I’m reminded of how amazing this world and life is, and for me it’s one the most gratifying feelings in this world.

 


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Kathleen Allen (D)

Allen does not have a position statement on climate change. She does state that it’s part of her vision to:

Expand upon our nation’s investment in clean energy and a reliable electrical system that meets the energy needs of modern America and protects our communities from the increasing threats of climate change.

When asked for additional comments by Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Allen responded:

The earth will survive if we fail to address climate change, but our way of life, the survival of our species and hundreds of thousands of other life forms, will not. Our survival depends on rapid and radical changes to our energy sources and activities of daily living. We must not continue to BE the problem we want to solve for our children.

Renewables are becoming substantially less expensive and are demonstrably better for our environment now and into the future. We must offset climate changes that our fossil-fuel addiction has enabled. Significant investment should be made by Congress in renewables and ALL subsidies and tax breaks to the fossil fuel industry should be eliminated. In the House of Representatives, I will support solutions such as the Citizens’ Climate Lobby initiative to institute a carbon fee and dividend program in the United States, that includes a border adjustment so that we do not offshore our climate damaging business practices. Also, Congress must urge the President to reengage in the Paris Climate Accord, while we write new laws to end Scott Pruitt’s weakening of EPA regulations that protect our environment and lives.

 


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Melissa Davis (D)

Davis does not have a position statement on climate change.

 


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Ethan Pham (D)

Pham addresses the carbon emissions that fuel climate change in his position statement on protecting the environment.

Protecting the Environment
We have a right to clean air and water, and a responsibility to preserve them for future generations. We need to control carbon emissions and invest in a clean energy infrastructure so that we can create the jobs and new technologies that will grow our economy while protecting our planet.

 


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Steve Reilly (D)

Reilly addresses climate change in his environmental policy:

Environmental Policy
The United States must reclaim its leadership on global environmental issues. The Trump Administration was wrong to withdraw our country from the Paris Climate Accord. Global warming is not a “hoax,” but a scientifically recognized threat to the long term survival of our world as we know it.

President Trump’s appointee as Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt, has embarked on an aggressive and dangerous effort to undo Obama-era environmental rules and regulations. President Trump and Mr. Pruitt seek to undo or significantly weaken climate change rules known as the “Clean Power Plan” and to roll back water pollution and methane pollution rules enacted by the Obama Administration. Pruitt and President Trump champion the idea of invigorating and returning to coal as a primary source of energy, including the idea of making it easier to export American coal worldwide. Even Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards are under threat.

If elected, I will fight President Trump’s efforts to take us backwards on environmental protections.

 


Our members of Congress are in the best position to solve climate change. Know where your candidates stand on climate change—and vote climate