Climate Hawks VOTED! Seven climate action advocates are going to Congress!

  • Published on November 7th, 2018

I am a proud climate hawk because we deserve strong, bold leaders who will take action on these critical issues. And together, we did it – an impressive SEVEN Climate Hawks Vote endorsements went on to win their elections, and will be fighting for Climate action and clean energy in Washington DC when Congress sits down in January – including Rashida Tlaib who won her primary with your help in Michigan 13 and then went on to win unopposed last night (Rashida will be the first Muslim American women elected to Congress!).

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By RL Miller (with Jeremy Bloom)

Sweetest of all, we helped replace climate peacocks with fierce climate hawks like Sean Casten. The stage is now set for the House to take up big bold climate bills.

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Congress in FL-26


Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a south Florida environmental advocate running against the biggest climate peacock in the House. If you haven’t encountered climate peacocks in the wild yet, they preen and strut and give speeches about the horrors of climate change, but then take money from the oil companies and vote to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. They don’t actually accomplish any good. We sent a message to Republicans: back up those pretty words with meaningful action, or get voted out of office.

By contrast, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is a real climate hawk. Through her work with the Coral Restoration Foundation, she knows first-hand that inaction on climate change is not an option. Debbie was an early signer of the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge. In Congress, she’ll advocate for a low-fossil fuel economy, clean energy and innovative infrastructure that will protect our front-line communities.

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Mike Leven for Congress in CA 49


Cleantech attorney Mike Levin is one of our own. He’s served for several years on the board of the Center for Sustainable Energy, based in San Diego, and co-founded Sustain OC in Orange County. He’s spoken out against a proposed natural gas plant. He’s signed the pledge not to take money from the oil companies — and wasn’t afraid to criticize the DNC when the DNC reversed its ban on fossil fuel corporate PAC money.

Mike beat Diane Harkey in the general election. Harkey would have fit right into the Trump swamp — she has been involved with an alleged Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of millions, and then used those profits to fund her campaigns. She’s been accused of corruption and misuse of taxpayer dollars.


CLimate hawks endorses sean casten for congress


Sean Casten is one of us – a hardcore energy geek who’s devoted his career to technologies that shrink our carbon footprint. Ask him about greenhouse gas emissions, and he gets genuinely excited.

Sean ran as a climate hawk scientist, cleantech entrepreneur, and job creator. And beat the pants off a science-denying Republican, Peter Roskam, who calls climate change “junk science.”

Sean will be a HUGE improvement in Washington.

climate hawks vote endorses Deb Haaland


Deb Haaland will be the first Native American woman ever elected to Congress. In the House, she’ll fight for underrepresented communities and against the fossil fuel extraction economy bent on squeezing every last drop of oil from New Mexico’s land.

Deb has walked the walk from Standing Rock to Wells Fargo — and who’s now in a close race to hold a historically Democratic seat. Deb has served as chair of the New Mexico state Democratic Party. And she’s traveled to Standing Rock to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Upon return, she took action: she divested the party from Wells Fargo over the bank’s funding of the pipeline.

She’s signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. And, equally important, she’s ensured that the New Mexico Democratic Party is moving away from fossil fuels and their investors. That’s the kind of action we like to see.

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Steven Horsford forCongress in NV 4

Winner! By 19,000 votes!

Steven Horsford: As Nevada State Senate Majority Leader, Steven Horsford authored and passed the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, positioning Nevada as a national leader in renewable energy.

Horsford brought back Nevada’s 4th Congressional District a critical purple district that includes North Las Vegas, the high, lonely space of Great Basin National Park, and the town of Ely.

How great is it to have a solar energy advocate in Congress, instead of a Bundy-coddling, clean-coal advocating, climate denier?

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Elaine Luria in VA-02


Elaine Luria, a Navy veteran who knows something about sea level rise and national security, is running against climate peacock Republican Scott Taylor in Virginia’s Second District, also known as the nation’s shipyard.

She trounced the scandal-plagued incumbent, climate peacock Scott Taylor, by 6000 votes . He joined the Climate Solutions Caucus but has never once voted for a climate solution. Instead, he’s voted to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as part of the GOP tax scam bill (HR 1). He’s voted to exempt coal plants from meeting clean air standards (HR 1119). Most recently, he sided with the vast majority of House Republicans in an anti-carbon tax resolution (H.Con. Res. 119).

Elaine will be a REAL climate voice in Washington!

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Dan McCready for NC 9th congressional district

Hearbreak – lost by just under 2000 votes!

Dan McCready: A Marine veteran and solar entrepreneur, Dan is ready to tackle the climate crisis first hand. At Climate Hawks Vote, we’re looking for fighters who can help flip the House — candidates who can beat Republicans in traditionally red districts — without sacrificing climate hawk values. Meet Dan McCready. He’s came within 0.6% of flipping North Carolina’s Ninth District, just east of Charlotte.

Next time, keep that in mind – you think your votes don’t matter? just 2000 more Climate Hawks would have won this race, out of 270,000 ballots cast.

climate hawks vote endorses Jessica MOrse for congress, CA-04

Next time…

Jessica Morse is a national security strategist with deep roots in the district and an ability to connect with rural voters across party lines.

Unfortunately, California’s 4h Congressional District will continue being represented by a tea party, tree-hating, climate-denying ideologue who lives hundreds of miles away. Tom McClintock is notorious for denying climate change, opposing wilderness, and promoting logging and dams as the answer to pretty much any question.

The district’s pretty red.  But the pundits had moved the race out of the “safe Republican” category, for the first time in years, because Jessica is the first candidate in years with a solid chance of defeating him. She fell short this time, but we’ll be back in 2020.

Climate hawks vote endorses Jess King for COngress PA 11Next time…

Jess King ran a populist, progressive, grassroots campaign in Pennsylvania’s newly created 11th District in south central Pennsylvania (Lancaster, some of York County).

Jess, the only candidate in the race who’s signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, ran a good race but came up short.

She ran as an outspoken proponent of progressive values, not waffling or hedging her bets or running toward the mushy middle. That means that she’ll continue to speakout publicly against the Sunrise pipeline, advocate for clean energy and fight fight fossil-fuel subsidies.

Climate hawks endorses Kara Eastman for Congress

So close! Down 3 points…

Kara Eastman is a climate hawk because she’s an advocate for children. She runs Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, a nonprofit devoted to helping children in poverty, where she noticed that sick kids lived in homes lacking basic weatherstripping. That led to an interest in energy efficiency, and thus climate work.

She challenged Don Bacon in PA 10 – a Republican who claims to stand for climate solutions, but voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

We’ll be back to take on Don Bacon in 2020.

CLimate hawks vote endorses Jana Lynne Sanchez for congress

Next time…

Jana Lynne Sanchez ran on a pro-solar, pro-jobs platform.

Jana Lynne Sanchez just might be the bravest candidate in Texas—she’s the first candidate from this oil-and-gas state to publicly sign our pledge not to take any money from the fossil-fuel industry.

Unfortunately, the district was too red, even during a solid blue wave. But Texas is changing, and we’re going to keep fighting!

eantech entrepreneur, and job creator.

Sean beat science-denying Republican Peter Roskam, who calls climate change “junk science.”

Will live to fight another day…

Climate Hawks Vote endorses Beto O'Rourke for Texas SenateBeto O’Rourke earned our respect with a high-energy, upbeat, people-powered campaign. He out-hustling and out-fundraising Ted Cruz and inspiring Texas Democrats up and down the ballot, all without taking a dime from corporate PACs – especially fossil fuel corporate PACs.

Beto drove an incredible early voting turnout, especially amount youth and minorities. And while he fell short in the end, he helped to drive the Democratic Wave in Texas that so far has taken at least two Congressional seats and a slew of local races.

This is how we turn red states purple – and then blue.

Beto is a rock star candidate who will continue to fight – there’s even talk that he should throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Presidential race.

Climate hawks vote endorses kevin de leon for California Senator

Will live to fight another day…

Kevin de León had an uphill battle to unseat Senator Diane Feinstein (California’s strange open primary system sometimes results in two Democrats facing each other in the general election). We knew the odds were long, but it was worth taking the chance – and forcing Feinstein to move toward stronger climate action.

Kevin de León may have fallen short, but he’s far from done. He has a spectacular track record as a climate hawk, using his powerful position atop the California legislature to push that state’s visionary climate policy. In 2014, he authored Charge Ahead, the law offering rebates to low income Californians to help put 1,000,000 electric vehicles on the road. In 2015, he authored and got passed SB 350, requiring California to get 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, and SB 185, requiring California’s giant pension funds to divest from coal. And he traveled to the Paris climate talks to explain the California success story to international leaders. This year, he authored SB 100, calling for California to get 100 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2045 – that bill comes up in January 2018.

We’ll be hearing more from Kevin de León.

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.