Election 2018: In CA-49, it’s cleantech executive Mike Levin vs climate denier Diane Harkey

  • Published on September 27th, 2018

Mike Levin burst on to the national political scene early in 2017 at Representative Darrell Issa’s town hall by handing Issa a book called “Global Warming For Dummies” and challenging Issa to read it. He then showed up, week after week, in front of Issa’s office to demand action – until Issa decided to retire in the face of hostile political winds.

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Mike Leven for Congress in CA 49

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

Mike’s no dummy on global warming. He has over a decade of experience in the clean energy industry and proudly shows his passion for addressing climate change.

So you have to Pity Diane Harkey, running against Mike in coastal southern California, who has developed a severe case of Trumpnesia. “Trumpnesia” is what happens when you know that Trump is extremely unpopular in your district, so you tell a local newspaper that you’ve never met him, and you have doubts about him… one week after Eric Trump came to fundraise for you.

In the same interview, Harkey professed an inability to understand climate science and make a decision. See, she explains, she’s a numbers person, and all she knows is that “we’re crippling our Western economies” by regulating greenhouse gases.

I’m hoping Mike has a second copy of “Global Warming For Dummies” because Diane Harkey needs some basic economics education. For starters:

  • California has successfully decoupled its carbon emissions from its economic growth.
  • California has ten times as many cleantech jobs as there are coal mining jobs in the entire country.
  • A potential ten foot sea-level rise could wipe out the legendary beaches of California’s 49th district.

Because if Diane Harkey can’t make economic policy decisions based on climate science, she shouldn’t be running for office. Plain and simple.

Republicans united behind Diane Harkey after Donald Trump endorsed her in a primary. But now? She’s got Trumpnesia. And if she has doubts about Donald Trump, maybe she shouldn’t invite his son Eric Trump to fly to San Diego from whatever swamp he inhabits on the East Coast to raise money for her.

You can speak out and help elect Mike Levin to Congress. This district was solidly Republican for years while Darrell Issa represented it, but now it’s one of the most closely-watched swing districts in the nation.

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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/