Hartford, CT – Today, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters announced that over one hundred candidates for legislative or statewide office had signed onto the Clean Energy for All pledge, which calls on candidates to commit to moving Connecticut to 100% clean energy by 2050 or sooner.
“Climate change is the issue of our time, and clean energy is a key part of our fight,” said CTLCV Executive Director Lori Brown. “We need lawmakers committed to investing in clean energy, both to cut emissions and grow our economy.”
Candidates who have taken the pledge include ardent supporter of renewable energy, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg (D-136). In the last legislative session, he shepherded two major energy bills through the General Assembly that double Connecticut’s investment in clean energy and cut our emissions in half. He also championed community shared solar, allowing homeowners and small businesses that can't easily install solar on their roofs to still cut emissions and fight climate change. His opponent, Greg Kraut, didn't respond to CTLCV's survey on the environment or Clean Energy for All pledge.
CTLCV worked in partnership with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the Conservation Voter Movement across 30 states to make clean energy a priority for those running for office this year.
“This in an unprecedented level of commitment to clean energy,” said Sara Jordan, LCV’s
Clean Energy for All campaign manager. “In the absence of leadership from Washington to address climate change, state and local leaders are listening to the majority of people who want action on climate change. The candidates who are making this commitment e are showing they are ready to step up.”
Clean energy supports over 38,000 jobs in Connecticut. Increasing our investment in solar, offshore wind, and other renewables would create even more jobs in these cutting edge fields while also helping our state and country combat climate change.
The Clean Energy for All pledge reads as follows:
Connecticut is feeling the effects of climate change including record droughts, flooding, and increasingly intense hurricanes. Meanwhile, the clean energy market has grown rapidly. Solar now employs more people in electricity generation than oil, coal and gas combined. As of January 2018, 56 cities across the country have committed to transitioning to 100% clean energy by 2050. Transitioning to clean energy will avert the worst impacts of climate change while creating good jobs, boosting the economy, saving consumers money, and protecting our health.
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A total of 112 candidates signed CTLCV’s Clean Energy for All pledge. They can be viewed below the cut.