Election 2017: Climate Hawks voted, Climate Hawks WON!

  • Published on November 8th, 2017

Climate hawks won big battles last night in an ocean-vast election: a big beautiful blue wave on the surface, and the deeper one dives, the deeper the blue. Here are just some of the climate-hawk victories last night.

climate hawks voteBy RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

With Democrats taking the governorships, Virginia will stay in, and New Jersey will return to, the regional climate compact RGGI.

Dive deeper into Democrats’ stunning victories across Virginia and across the nation’s municipal elections, and it gets even better, starting with pipeline fighter and climate hawk Justin Fairfax, elected as the second-ever black Lieutenant Governor of Virginia.

Down-ballot, notorious climate-science denier Bob Marshall was knocked out of Virginia’s House of Delegates, 13th District by Danica Roem, the first transgender candidate to win a statehouse race. Marshall, in office for 26 years, joined Ken Cuccinelli in suing climate scientist—and member of our scientific advisory board—Dr. Michael Mann. Now the author of Virginia’s transphobic bathroom bill, is being replaced by an openly transgender woman. (I’m especially proud of this one because my son moved from California to Virginia five months ago to help her campaign.)

Climate victories go well beyond Virginia. In St. Petersberg, Florida, incumbent mayor Rick Kriseman ran on climate – and defeated climate denier Rick Baker.

In Washington state, Democrat Manka Dinghra won a special election against a Big Oil-backed opponent, giving Washington Democrats a statehouse majority – and climate hawk Gov. Jay Inslee the majority he needs to enact pro-climate legislation. Democrats now control every governorship and legislative body on the West Coast.

And in Denver, it’s looking like the Green Roof Initiative will pass despite opponents outspending supporters by 12 to 1.

Perhaps sweetest of all: in a sleepy little race for a Port of Vancouver, WA harbor commissioner, Big Oil dumped $370,000 into buying a candidate who would support a massive oil export terminal. Climate hawk Don Orange signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge—and he decisively defeated the Big Oil-backed candidate—thanks to the support of climate hawks nationwide.

My special thanks go to all the climate hawks who volunteered with our partners at Lead Locally and made calls and texts to help elect Don.

Climate hawks can take back statehouses, the U.S. House — and maybe even the U.S. Senate — in 2018. We can channel tonight’s enthusiasm and power up a movement and turn the resistance to Trump into a mobilization for a 100% fossil-free future. We can invest in our primary program and help to ensure that the fiercest climate hawks win primaries and are poised to take back the House from the Trump regime. But we can’t do it without all of us together.

Learn more at the Climate Hawks Vote website.



About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change. http://climatehawksvote.com/

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