Clean energy advocate takes out fossil fueler in Democratic primary

  • Published on April 25th, 2012

clean energy beats big oil in the PA Democratic primary

By Melissa Harrison
NRDC Action Fund

We may start sounding like a broken record, but we just can’t help ourselves! As we’ve said here before, there is power in running on clean energy.

Just yesterday in the 17th Congressional District primary in Pennsylvania, clean energy champ Matt Cartwright triumphed over fossil fuel candidate Tim Holden. The League of Conservation Voters invested in a significant television commercial which highlighted Rep. Holden’s support of big oil energy policies.

Pennsylvania primary voters showed us exactly what we’ve been seeing all across the country. Clean energy presents candidates with a positive, solutions-based narrative to talk about issues that matter most to Americans: jobs, the economy, gas prices, and the health of their families.

Still don’t believe that energy, environment and health issues are going to be front and center in 2012? In an interview published yesterday in Rolling Stone, President Obama said,

“I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we’re going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way. That there’s a way to do it that is entirely compatible with strong economic growth and job creation – that taking steps, for example, to retrofit buildings all across America with existing technologies will reduce our power usage by 15 or 20 percent. That’s an achievable goal, and we should be getting started now.”

So, even if we are starting to sound like a broken record, we know that the tune we’re playing is a hit song. Feel free to start humming along.

(Melissa Harrison blogs for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Action Fund.)

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