Biden’s Climate Plan is Weak and Inadequate

June 4, 2019

Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Action

For Immediate Release– June 4, 2019

Contact: Seth Gladstone – [email protected], 917.363.6615

Washington, D.C.– “Joe Biden’s climate plan is a cobbled-together assortment of weak emissions targets and unproven technological schemes that fail to adequately address the depth and urgency of the climate crisis we face. This plan cannot be considered a serious proposal to tackle climate change.

“Biden’s focus on ‘net zero’ emissions, carbon capture programs, and vague pollution pricing schemes all point to one outcome: a society continuing to be dominated by fossil fuels, and a future of irrevocable climate chaos. The only real way to avoid this perilous future is to transition immediately to a truly clean, renewable energy economy. The way to jumpstart this transition is by banning fracking and halting all new fossil fuel development now.”

Food & Water Action is the political arm of Food & Water Watch. At Food & Water Action, we hold our elected officials accountable and ensure that those who represent us reflect and embody our core values of universal access to safe food, clean water, and a livable climate.


Food & Water Action Endorses Reelection of Lee Carter For Virginia State House

May 24, 2019

For Immediate Release: May 24, 2019

 Jackie Filson, 202-683-2538, [email protected]

Richmond, VA–  Today, Food & Water Action is proud to announce the endorsement of Lee Carter for re-election to the Virginia State House representing the state’s 50th District.

Lee Carter is a Marine Corps veteran who has always made helping others a personal mission. As a state delegate, Carter worked to ensure Medicaid access was expanded in Virginia and fought for workers by supporting a living minimum wage, fighting on behalf of labor unions, and strengthening worker protections.

Carter was also a leading proponent of Virginia’s ambitious energy plan to reach 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035, a plan that would create an entirely new renewables industry in the state. He’s been a vocally critical of the disproportionate amount that corporate campaign contributions help influence public policy, including the way Dominion Energy’s campaign cash has made Virginia overly dependent on fossil fuels.

“We are proud to endorse Lee Carter for re-election to the Virginia State House and will work hard to make sure his ambitious vision for a truly 100% renewable energy future becomes a reality,” said Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Action’s Southern Region Director.

“Carter has already demonstrated true leadership on key issues in the House of Delegates. Our hope is that voters in Manassas and Prince William County will send Carter back to Richmond to continue fighting for workers and the environment.”


Assembly Candidates in New Jersey Endorsed by Food & Water Action

May 23, 2019

Food & Water Action, the political advocacy arm of the advocacy group Food & Water Watch, is endorsing five Democratic Assembly candidates who will champion bold policies on clean energy and protecting public drinking water.

The group is supporting Roger Quesada and Mahmoud Mahmoud in the 32nd District, Joe Danielsen and Ron Rivers in the 17th District, and Awais Qazi in the 29th District.

Quesada was active in the grassroots campaign to stop the Pilgrim oil pipelines in North Jersey, as well as the ongoing drive to stop the Meadowlands fracked gas power plant. He has played a key role as a leader in this fight, which has included door-to-door outreach, informational meeting, and rallies with local elected officials.

“To defeat the North Bergen power plant, we need bold and outspoken leaders  who will break the silence in Hudson County, who won’t cave to intimidation, and who are unafraid to take on the biggest fight of our time,” said Food & Water Action Senior Organizer Matt Smith. “I am confident that the Quesada/Mahmoud team will be exactly the representatives we need with us in this fight. They represent the fundamental, necessary change to combat the culture of silence and intimidation that is currently rampant within the Hudson County Democratic Party.”

Assemblyman Danielsen has built a record in office of standing up to protect his constituents. He publicly opposed dirty energy projects such as the Northeast Supply Enhancement project, and co-sponsored a bill to protect New Jersey’s clean water by banning fracking wastewater dumping.

“Ron Rivers is a progressive challenger running an energetic, people-powered campaign that will create a healthier, safer New Jersey,” said Food & Water Action organizer Junior Romero. “He supports the call for a statewide moratorium on fossil fuel pipelines and power plants, and believes the Garden State should lead the nation in transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2035. We know that he will bring a fresh jolt of progressive energy to Trenton.”  Rivers has also drafted a bold green infrastructure plan that relies on union workers to rapidly decarbonize New Jersey. Additionally, he has refused donations from corporate polluters, running an entirely grassroots, people-funded campaign.

Qazi is running to be the first Muslim and youngest member elected to the Legislature. He is an activist with the Newark Water Coalition and the Sunrise Movement, and has participated in civil disobedience at the offices of Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Nancy Pelosi in support of a Green New Deal. He is committed to halting the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and bringing the benefits of clean energy innovation and living-wage green jobs to New Jersey.


Food & Water Action Endorses Yasmine Taeb For Virginia State Senate

May 20, 2019

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2019

 Jackie Filson, 202-683-2538, [email protected]

Richmond, VA– Food & Water Action, the political arm of the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch, is endorsing Yasmine Taeb for Virginia State Senate in the 35th District.

Taeb is a dedicated human rights attorney who’s worked to make sure the American dream is within reach for all Virginians. Now she’s running for the Virginia State Senate to improve health care and public education in her state.

Yasmine supports an ambitious energy plan that would get Virginia to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035 and create tens of thousands of jobs for Virginians. She also wants to require energy utilities to pay for new solar panels in schools, religious institutions and government buildings.

“Yasmine Taeb has a bold vision for addressing climate change in Virginia head-on while also creating a whole new renewable energy industry that will position the state as a jobs leader,” said Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Action’s Southern Region Director. “For decades, Virginia residents have seen little action because of the influence of special interests, but Taeb wants to change that. She knows now is the time to push for real action, and will fight hard to do just that.”

In Virginia, companies like Dominion Energy have spent huge amounts of money on campaign contributions and lobbying to influence legislators and officials to pass policies favorable to big business. Yasmine’s opponent is one of the top recipients of Dominion campaign cash.

But Yasmine has pledged not to take any Dominion money because of her strong belief in the need for campaign finance reform and her determination to hold Dominion accountable for their steep bill overcharges, their poor environmental record, and their continued investment in fossil fuels. Instead, she is pushing for the most ambitious renewable energy plan the state has ever seen,  which will address climate change and halt fossil fuel projects like Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

1 1. Dominion Energy’s Undue Political Influence Hurts Virginians and the Climate. December 2018.


Biden’s Climate ‘Middle Ground’: Burning Planet Seeks Leader

May 10, 2019

For Immediate Release – May 10, 2019

Contact: Peter Hart – [email protected] – 732.839.0871

Reuters reports that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is crafting a ‘middle ground’ climate policy that would deepen the country’s reliance on fracked gas, nuclear power, and unproven, industry-friendly ‘carbon capture’ technology.

In response, Food & Water Action Climate & Energy Program Director Mitch Jones released the following statement:

“This fossil fuel-friendly agenda would amount to a death sentence for a livable climate. While establishment Democrats like Biden seek a middle ground, our burning planet is seeking a leader that will move us off fossil fuels and towards a just and fair transition to truly clean energy, which would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country.

“Grassroots activism has propelled climate change to the top of the agenda for Democratic voters. Biden’s climate stance is not only uninspiring—it will doom us to climate chaos.”

At Food & Water Action, we mobilize people to reclaim their political power, hold our elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control — ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive.


Pres. Candidate Inslee Bans Fracking in Washington – Now Must Call for National Ban

May 8, 2019

For Immediate Release— May 8, 2019

Contact: Seth Gladstone – [email protected], 917.363.6615

Olympia—Washington Governor Jay Inslee today signed into law a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. This makes Washington the fourth state to ban fracking nationally. The controversial process of oil and gas drilling has poisoned drinking water and caused widespread health problems in other states, and had already been banned in Vermont, New York and Maryland.

In response, Food & Water Action Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased that Governor Inslee has banned fracking in Washington and come out in opposition to dangerous fracked gas infrastructure projects in his state as well. This is great news, but as a presidential candidate, in order to show real national leadership on climate and clean energy, Inslee must endorse a ban on fracking across the country.

“As governor and out on the campaign trail, Inslee has spoken eloquently about the threat of climate change, but he has yet to specifically oppose fracking nationally. Fracking is responsible for the vast majority of new oil and gas drilling in the United States, and any candidate who is serious about confronting climate change must also be willing to unequivocally oppose this dangerous practice.

A clear majority of Americans want political leaders to take real action on climate change. Now would be the perfect opportunity for Inslee to join fellow candidates Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard in calling for a national ban on fracking, and for a halt to all new fossil fuel infrastructure everywhere.”

At Food & Water Action, we mobilize people to reclaim their political power, hold our elected officials accountable, and resist corporate control — ensuring we all have the essential resources we need to thrive.