Iowa Democratic Party Ratifies Bold Platform Opposed to Carbon Capture, Pipelines, Factory Farms

For Immediate Release

On Saturday, the Iowa Democratic Party voted to ratify a new party platform, taking a bold stance against carbon capture, pipelines and factory farms.

Polling in March by Food & Water Action found that 73% of Iowa voters (including 78% of Democrats) would be less likely to vote for a candidate that supported eminent domain for the carbon pipelines proposed across the state. With Saturday’s platform vote, Iowa Democrats became the first confirmed state party in the nation to formally oppose carbon capture and its associated carbon pipelines.

While many party activists met in Des Moines, over 50 Iowans gathered in Ames on Saturday, giving two hours of testimony at a People’s Hearing against the expanding factory farm crisis plaguing the state. 2019 polling found that nearly two-thirds of Iowa voters stand behind legislation to stop factory farm expansion, but absent state legislative action on the issue, Iowa continues to see rampant growth of the destructive industry. From 1982-2017, Iowa lost nearly 90% of its hog farms, while nearly 10,000 factory farms have moved in, taxing local economies, water supplies, public health, and the climate. With Saturday’s platform vote, Iowa Democrats once again threw their weight behind a moratorium on factory farm construction and expansion.

Food & Water Action Senior Iowa Organizer John Aspray issued the following statement:

“The Iowa Democratic Party has adopted a bold platform reflecting many of the demands coming from their constituents who want meaningful change. Iowans know that our land, air and water are worth more to us than the empty promises of prosperity offered by Big Ag and Big Energy. Our state is more than a dumping ground for factory farm manure and a corridor for pipelines to pass through.

“At the grassroots level, Iowa Democrats are taking a stand against the corporate abuses that have run rampant in our state for too long. We urge Democratic candidates and elected officials  to follow suit. With midterm elections right around the corner, we look forward to ushering in a new wave of elected officials that stand up to carbon pipelines and the extractive corporate agriculture industry.”

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

Food & Water Action Endorses Ana María Archila for NY Lieutenant Governor

For Immediate Release

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing community leader Ana María Archila for New York Lieutenant Governor. Archila’s opponent, newly appointed Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado, is backed by wealthy corporate interests including cryptocurrency tycoons opposing necessary legislation that would place a moratorium on the use of fossil fuel plants to power cryptomining.

With less than a decade left to make serious progress in reducing New York’s climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, Ana María Archila’s leadership promises a bold commitment to passing, implementing and enforcing uncompromising policies that move the state off fossil fuels. From the All-Electric Building Act to the Build Public Renewables Act and a moratorium on fossil-fuel powered cryptomining, Archila’s support for these important policies are clear evidence that she is the climate champion New York needs in Albany.

Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp said:

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time. But, while the clock ticks ever forward, Albany fails to meet the desperate urgency of the moment. For three years in a row, leadership has allowed the legislative session to close without serious action on climate change. With less than a decade remaining to move New York’s buildings off fossil fuels, shut down fossil fuel power plants and build public renewables, we are running out of time. New York needs bold climate leadership from the state’s highest elected officials, and Ana María Achila is ready to deliver. Achila has what it takes to put regular people in the driver’s seat, supporting bold policies that end our destructive reliance on fossil fuels and deliver a just transition for New Yorkers. Ana María Achila is the climate champion we need.”

“I’m so proud to have the support of Food and Water Action, who stands up to corporate polluters every day in the fight against climate change,” said Ana María Archila, Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor. “As I laid out in our Green New Deal for New York plan, we must meet the climate crisis with the full force of state resources and bold policies to transition to a green energy future.”

Food & Water Action has also endorsed a slate of climate candidates for state legislature including Vanessa Aguldelo, David Alexis, Illapa Sairitupac, and Sarahana Shrestha, all of whom also recently received the endorsement of sitting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. These candidates are poised to change the business as usual culture in Albany and ensure climate change is taken seriously.

Contact: Phoebe Galt, [email protected]

Food & Water Action Endorses Climate Champion Vanessa Agudelo for Assembly

Food & Water Action Endorses Climate Champion Vanessa Agudelo for Assembly

Agudelo to join other candidates in ushering in new era of climate leadership in Albany

Food & Water Action, the political and lobbying arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing another strong climate champion for state legislature: Vanessa Agudelo for State Assembly District 95.

“After what we’ve seen in the final days of the legislative session, we desperately need real climate leaders in Albany with the vision and political will to enact our state’s climate goals. Vanessa Agudelo is exactly that kind of person,” said Food & Water Action Northeast Region Director Alex Beauchamp. “As a former council member and seasoned climate activist, Vanessa has been on the frontlines fighting fossil fuels, and organizing to stop corporate polluters like Danskammer. She has a proven record fighting for environmental justice in the Hudson Valley and she is a powerful force to be reckoned with.” 

Vanessa Agudelo is running a people-powered campaign to replace the retiring Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, whose district includes the Westchester Wheelabrator, the largest source of pollution in Westchester county. Agudelo is the bold and uncompromising voice we need to win the policies and actions to combat the climate crisis and protect the most vulnerable communities in Westchester and throughout the state.

“I’m honored to be endorsed by Food & Water Action. As a Peekskill City Council member, I was one of the first elected officials in the Hudson Valley to join the successful movement to stop the Danskammer fracked gas plant, and I will be proud to continue our fight together in the halls of Albany as an assembly member,” said Vanessa Agudelo, candidate for AD 95. “The environmental justice movement has long been one of my political homes and it is this people power movement that is going to send our campaign to the Assembly.”

Vanessa joins a slate of other Food & Water Action endorsed climate candidates in the state including David Alexis and Illapa Sairitupac in New York City and Sarahana Shrestha in Hudson Valley, all of whom also recently received the endorsement of sitting Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The four candidates are poised to change the business as usual culture in Albany and make sure climate change is taken seriously.

“We’re so excited Food & Water Action is joining a movement of climate organizations like Sunrise NYC working to elect Vanessa Agudelo. Young people are fighting for our lives, but the political establishment stands in the way,” said Saul Ferholt-Kahn of Sunrise NYC. “Throughout her career, Vanessa has consistently championed a Green New Deal future. I know Vanessa is one of us, and this campaign is just the beginning.”

Contact: Santosh Nandabalan – [email protected]

Food & Water Action Endorses General Assembly Candidates

Candidates have championed legislation that protects safe water, a sustainable food system, and a livable climate

Today, Food & Water Action endorsed four candidates for Maryland General Assembly: Delegate Lorig Charkoudian (District 20, Montgomery County), Senator Clarence Lam (District 12, Howard County), Delegate Vaughn Stewart (District 19, Montgomery County), and Senator Mary Washington (District 43, Baltimore City). The group is the political arm of the national environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch.

Delegate Lorig Charkoudian

Del Charkoudian is a staunch environmentalist and key voice for climate action on the House Economic Matters Committee – the key committee where energy related bills must first pass . She worked relentlessly to pass legislation allowing a groundbreaking Community Choice Energy pilot program to Montgomery County that will bring affordable renewable energy to residents and small businesses throughout the county.

Senator Clarence Lam

Senator Lam has a track record of fighting to protect our climate and health. He’s voted to ban fracking in Maryland, to pass regulations protecting pollinators from harmful pesticides, to require common sense air monitoring at poultry factory farms with the Community Healthy Air Act, and sponsored legislation to place a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Maryland.

Delegate Vaughn Stewart

Del Stewart is willing to stand up to powerful industrial agriculture interests and fight for real clean renewable energy. He introduced a moratorium on new and expanding poultry factory farms in 2020, and in 2021 he fought for improved conditions and better inspections for migrant worker housing with the Healthy Farmworkers Act. Most recently, in 2022 he introduced the Reclaim Renewable Energy Act which would remove all polluting dirty energy sources such as trash incineration and factory farm biogas from Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard.

Senator Mary Washington

Senator Washington successfully fought to pass legislation that stopped Baltimore City from foreclosing on homes because of unpaid water bills and putting them up for tax sale. She also worked to stop third party electric suppliers from “slamming” customers with rates that jump sharply a few months into a contract. She continues fighting to protect the water rights of Baltimore residents and for clean, affordable renewable energy.

Food & Water Action Maryland Organizer Lily Hawkins issued the following statement:

“These candidates are champions for the climate and for the health of Marylanders. Their support for legislation to move us towards truly renewable and affordable energy, a sustainable food system, and fair access to clean water is unparalleled in the General Assembly.  

“We look forward to working with these legislators to continue the important work they do for Maryland. With their commitment to environmental advocacy, Maryland can become a true leader in the fight for clean water, safe food, and a livable climate.”

Contact: Lily Hawkins – [email protected]

Once Again, Speaker Carl Heastie Fails on Climate Action

Climate Activists Resolve to Unseat Legislators Unwilling to Tackle Fossil Fuels

As the New York legislative session comes to a close, the Assembly has once again failed to pass the major climate legislation needed to meet the state’s aggressive climate emissions reductions mandates. Key climate/clean energy bills that went unpassed include the All Electric Building Act and the Build Public Renewables Act. In response, New York’s climate movement recommitted to working to unseat fossil fuel-friendly legislators in the June primaries. Food & Water Action released the following statement: 

“For the third year in row, Speaker Heastie is leaving town without delivering on climate change. His failure to bring critical climate and clean energy legislation to the floor is unconscionable,” said Alex Beauchamp, Northeast Region Director at Food & Water Action. “New Yorkers fighting to move the state off fossil fuels are now left with only one choice:  Working to boot fossil fuel-friendly legislators out of office. Food & Water Action, along with countless other well-meaning organizations, is resolved to activating our members and volunteers to vote the bums out later this month. Since this Assembly is unwilling to adequately address the climate crisis, we need a new one.” 

Contact: Seth Gladstone – [email protected]

GOP Drilling Plan is a Climate Farce

Today, House Republican leadership unveiled what is purported to be the party’s version of climate policy. The plan relies heavily on expanding fossil fuel drilling and boosting exports of fracked gas. 

In response, Food & Water Action Managing Director of Policy Mitch Jones released the following statement:

“Over a dozen years ago, no one would have mistaken ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’ for serious climate policy. The fact that Republicans have not changed course in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence and cascading climate-fueled disasters speaks volumes. What’s needed now are serious plans that meet the monumental scale of the crisis, and also deliver the economic benefits and job opportunities that are so desperately needed. We need to elect climate champions this year who will prioritize shifting off of dirty fossil fuels that poison communities and enrich corporate polluters.”