Mondaire Jones’s New York Primary Victory Demonstrates Strong Rejection of Fracking and Faulty Market-Based Climate Policies like Carbon Taxes, Cap-and-Trade

June 24, 2020

For Immediate Release

New York – While New York election results have yet to be officially certified, Democratic congressional candidate Mondaire Jones (NY-17) has seemingly won his respective primary with a platform that firmly rejects fracking, new fossil fuel infrastructure and faulty market-based climate policies such as cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. Specifically, Jones campaigned on a pledge to:

  • Support legislation to ban fracking everywhere;
  • Support legislation to halt all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including power plants and pipelines;
  • Support legislation to ban exports of oil and natural gas;
  • Oppose faulty market-based climate policies such as carbon taxes and cap-and-trade schemes.

Meanwhile, Jones’s opponents were either silent or unambitious on climate and energy. Adam Schleifer, who appears headed for a distant second place finish in the race, made a carbon tax central to his climate platform. David Carlucci, who will likely finish third, repeatedly blocked climate legislation as a member of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Caucus, where he caucused with Republicans.

In response, Food & Water Action Political Director Sam Bernhardt issued the following statement:

“Mondaire Jones campaigned on a bold climate and energy platform that unquestionably rejects fracking and any new fossil fuel development. Similarly, he rejects faulty climate policies like carbon taxes and cap-and-trade — policies that would actually create financial incentives for states and municipalities to keep drilling and fracking for decades to come.

“Mondaire’s win represents a clear desire for bold new leadership on climate from their future constituents, and it is part of a growing movement across America to reject half-measures and false solutions when it comes to protecting public health and our environment.”