The three House Democrats who have announced they are running for Senate in California support far-left actions to combat climate change and have endorsed the multi-trillion-dollar Green New Deal.
The Democrats – representatives Barbara Lee, Katie Porter and Adam Schiff – supported aggressive policies to transition the US grid from traditional fossil fuel sources to green energy such as wind and solar power, they argued for huge spending packages that would such a move out quickly and supported by so-called environmental justice measures. All three recently entered the race to replace retiring Senator Dianne Feinstein and are currently the highest profile candidates.
According to the Association of Conservation Voters, a left-wing Washington, DC advocacy group that tracks how lawmakers vote on environmental and climate issues, Schiff has a lifetime score of 98% and Lee and Porter have a lifetime score of 97%. The high scores show that all three of them have a long track record of supporting measures that have the support of the far left organization.
“From the devastating wildfires in my home state of California to the blizzards in my hometown of Texas, there is no denying that the climate crisis is here, and the threat to the safety and economic security of our communities is growing against the day,” Lee said after co-sponsoring the New Green Deal with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in April 2021.
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“In order to ensure a healthy and safe future for our children and grandchildren, the federal government must invest in bold policies that address the climate emergency, especially in low-income and color communities that experience generations of environmental injustice,” she said. “Our solutions must match the scale of the crisis – that’s why I’m proud to support the Green New Deal.”
Lee’s congressional website also says the fight against climate change is her priority, noting that she has taken on oil companies and is working to ensure “good paying jobs created by the growing green energy sector open to all, especially people of color, women and veterans.”
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Lee also joined a congressional delegation to a United Nations climate conference in Egypt late last year when she reiterated her commitment to give billions of taxpayer dollars to the international “Green Climate Fund” and warned of the “window at fast closing” on saving the planet.
Porter has also been a vocal proponent of far-left climate proposals and signed up to the Green New Deal after working to strengthen “pro-worker provisions” in legislation.
“Congresswoman Porter fought to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for cleaning up after they drill, as well as supporting a future powered by clean energy,” Porter’s website says. “Congresswoman Porter is acting to accelerate our transition to clean energy and make the United States a leading green economy.”
“She is a proud member of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, which advocates for policies that promote renewable energy, address climate change, and create good green jobs.”
Porter has repeatedly attacked the fossil fuel industry for its supposed “disinformation campaigns”. In August, she introduced legislation that would remove taxpayer-funded subsidies from oil companies used to help the industry market products, saying “it’s bad enough that these corporations are poisoning the planet.”
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And Porter made headlines during an October 2021 hearing in which she blasted oil executives about how much federal land their companies lease. In a live demonstration, Porter used candy and rice to show how much land the companies controlled.
“When you lobby and sue so you can take more of our public land, you’re saying that too much is never enough,” Porter said. “The American people are tired of this charade.”
Finally, Schiff is the only candidate of the three Democrats to list climate change as a top issue on his campaign website. He argues in favor of the New Green Market of which he was the original financier, large new green investments, the development of a “green economy” and leading the world in the development of clean energy.
“Climate change is real, our planet is on fire, and we must act. Now,” he says on his website. “That seems like common knowledge, but half of our country’s political structure still rejects that simple truth. And even worse, it refuses to act on it.”
“The Green New Deal is not only a bold plan to tackle climate change and start righting the ship, it is also an urgent call to invest in the growth of a modern, green economy that is fair and fair for all,” he says.
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On Wednesday, he introduced legislation that would create a sustainable investment fund for federal employees who avoid oil, pharmaceutical tobacco investments. He said the bill would help federal workers use investments to “boost sustainable practices that will help combat the climate crisis.”
He also criticized Republicans for passing legislation that would undo a Biden administration rule that allowed fiduciaries to include environmental issues in Americans’ retirement accounts, which opponents argued could significantly harm customers’ interests by putting social priorities above financial interests.