Election 2018: DAPL pipeline is the difference in this Iowa primary

  • Published on April 18th, 2018

Climate matters. Primaries matter. Flipping seats from Republican to Democrat matters. That’s at the heart of Climate Hawks Vote work, and it’s why we’re endorsing Tom Heckroth in Iowa’s First District. Simply put, this primary presents a clear contrast between Tom, standing up for clean air, clean water, and an America free from its dependence on oil, and a primary opponent who backs the Dakota Access Pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure.

climate hawks voteBy RL Miller

Tom is running for Congress to stand up to the Trump administration and to flip a very winnable seat. Tom’s most recent work has been helping private businesses reduce their carbon footprint. Prior to that, he worked for Iowa’s long-term Senator Tom Harkin and President Obama’s Department of Labor.

Climate Hawks Vote only takes sides in primaries where there’s a clear contrast.

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Here, Tom faces a primary opponent whose website doesn’t say a thing about climate change, or even the environment. It’s not all that surprising. She’s definitely in favor of expanded fossil fuel infrastructure. She wrote a 2015 letter supporting approval of the Dakota Access Pipeline, then took money from the Dakota Access Pipeline builder!

Iowa’s First District is considered one of the swingiest districts in the country. The incumbent climate-denying Republican Rod Blum is mired in an ethics scandal. And polls show that Iowans hate Blum’s vote for the GOP Tax Scam. The race is rated a Republican toss-up by the nonpartisan analysts at the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, meaning that it’s exactly the kind of district that should be swept up in a Democratic wave election.

We know November will bring a blue wave. But it won’t be a climate wave unless we support candidates like Tom Heckroth. And Iowa climate hawks agree: 79 percent of our in-district survey responses tell us to endorse Tom.



“Rod Blum didn’t disclose that he was a director for an internet company — which posted a testimonial from his current chief of staff,” Des Moines Register

“Progressive group’s tax campaign in Iowa should worry Republicans,” Axios

“Waxman: Congress needs environmental leaders like Tom Heckroth,” Iowa Starting Line

“Pols who took money from Dakota Access dodge Bakken pipeline questions,” Iowa Informer

“Eight Iowa lawmakers oppose more requirements for Bakken pipeline,” Des Moines Register

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/