Candidate Climate Questionnaire

The information below is a summary of candidates’ climate views. For most candidates, the information was provided by them filling out a survey emailed to their campaign addresses. All candidates are encouraged to complete the candidate climate questionnaire and make their views completely clear so that voters can consider them when at the ballot box.

350 Spokane is happy to update this page so as to accurately reflect candidates’ views on this important issue. Contact us at info@350Spokane.org.

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Below is the list of questions sent to candidates for local office

  • Do you believe that global warming is happening?
  • Do you believe that global warming is caused mostly by human
    activities?
  • Are you concerned about global warming?
  • Do you believe that the Washington State Legislature, Spokane
    County, or Congress and the Federal Government should do more to address global warming?
  • Do you support providing incentives for energy-efficient vehicles?
  • Do you support providing incentives for renewable energy
    generation?
  • Do you support a just transition to a sustainable society? One
    that prioritizes helping communities and workers that are most
    impacted by climate change and are disproportionately subjected to environmental pollution?

Candidates for State Office

Click to expand Candidate Name Office Sought Global warming is happening? Global warming is caused mostly by human activities? Concerned about global warming? Washington State Legislature should do more? Providing incentives for energy-efficient vehicles? Providing incentives for renewable energy generation? Support a just transition?
Jay Inslee Governor green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
Yes. The science is clear that our climate is changing and that
we are running out of time to address this existential problem.
Now more than ever, it is critical to support leaders at every
level of government who understand this fact.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
Yes, human caused carbon emissions are the driving force behind
our changing climate. Reducing these emissions is possible and
necessary, and Washington State must continue to lead by example
for other states to follow.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
Without a doubt, yes. This is the challenge of our era. The task
before you and I is now addressing the anxieties that some of
our neighbors have based on falsehoods spread by those that
stand to profit keeping us addicted to fossil fuels. So often
we’re told that we have to choose between decarbonizing our
economy and economic growth. This couldn’t be farther from the
truth. We can rise to the challenge and seize the opportunity
before us to create family-supporting jobs building the clean
energy economy, as we’re seeing this in plain sight in our
state. The Rattlesnake Flat wind project in Adams County outside
of Lind, for instance, is being built right now by union labor
earning family-supporting wages and supply 160-MW of clean
electricity to residents throughout the region. This is a
win-win for everyone, and we need to be pointing to the economic
gains from taking action as much as we point to science if we
choose to do nothing.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
Absolutely, and I have focused my efforts each legislative
session on calling upon the Legislature to do more to address
this existential topic – from passing stronger new carbon
pollution limits, to passing the nation’s strongest 100% clean
electricity law, this has been my top priority in past
legislative sessions. It is crucial that the Legislature do more
to act to ensure that Washington achieves its new carbon
pollution limits, including a strong focus on decarbonizing
transportation, our largest-emitting sector.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
Yes. I have worked to pass new state incentives for electric
vehicles, and for passing the Zero Emission Vehicle standard,
requiring automakers to offer and sell more Zero Emission
Vehicles, the most efficient cars on the road today. I have also
worked to pass a Clean Fuel Standard, which could provide
utilities the ability to offer significant additional incentives
for electric vehicles. We have joined California and other
states in the effort to protect our Clean Car Standards from the
illegal attacks by the Trump Administration.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
Yes. Our 100% Clean Electricity requires a transition to 100%
carbon-free energy, and will provide a major boon to renewable
energy generation. More can and should be done to speed this
transition across the state.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
Absolutely, I know that Americans face two great crises: the
escalating impact of climate change and a widening gulf of
inequality. For too long, policymakers have treated these crises
as separate, but our climate crisis and structural inequality
crisis are deeply interrelated, and they demand integrated
community-driven solutions. Climate change and pollution
disproportionately harm low-income communities and communities
of color, and are major contributors to ongoing economic and
racial inequality. I believe that environmental justice – and
confronting a system of economic exclusion and environmental
racism – are essential to defeating climate change and create a
more prosperous and inclusive clean energy future.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
We will need a suite of additional policies for the state to
comply with our ambitious carbon pollution limits, including
additional work to decarbonize transportation, make transit more
widely available, green our homes, provide an innovative
transition within industry, and bolster resilient sequestration
in both natural and working lands.


Loren Culp Governor question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
Marko Liias Lieutenant Governor green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
Global warming poses an existential threat to our continued
existence on this planet. We cannot stall action on addressing
this problem any longer.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
Since Democrats took control of the State Senate in 2018 we have
made nationally recognized improvements on combatting climate
change, including passing the Clean Energy Transformation Act, a
ban on superpollutant HFCs, established new building and
appliance efficiency standards, the zero-emission vehicle
standard, and updated our state’s greenhouse gas reduction
targets. But there is still much to do to combat this threat and
guarantee we not only reach but surpass our greenhouse gas
reduction deadline. Among our next major legislative goals must
be a price on carbon emissions, to decentivize continued use
over clean-energy alternatives, and punish the worst carbon
offenders.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
I was proud to help pass Washington’s mandate on ZEV this year
and look forward to other ways we can encourage fuel efficient
vehicles and ZEV going forward. Additionally, I am proud to have
championed electrification of our transportation fleet and
services for years, working to phase out our final diesel
powered ferries, increase electrified bus services, and invest
in the largest transportation expansion in Washington history
with the light rail in ST3. We need to continue our investments
in electrification of our bus fleet, not cut funding for its
transition.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
I am deeply opposed to continuing to invest in fossil fuel
sources for future energy needs, and I brought legislation to
the Senate floor for a vote in 2019 to ban fracking in our
state—it’s time to pivot away from these polluting sources of
energy. We need a hard reset on our energy investments, move
away from harmful environmental practices like LNG and start
looking to the energy sources of the future that are clean and
renewable. We should be investing more on methods that would
capitalize on the wealth of sustainable energy sources we have
here in Washington, like my legislation just this past year to
create marine electric batteries that capture hydro power energy
we don’t use when the water is running strong, so we can use it
when production is lower. This must be coupled with increased
electrification of our market and buildings, we need to drive
down demand to cut the conversation short before industries even
think about building a new natural gas plant.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
Making sure working folks and industry aren’t harmed by our
progress is integral to environmental justice. I was happy that
the Clean Energy Transformation Act of 2019 had such strong
labor protections in place. CETA followed a legacy I’ve worked
on of ensuring safe worker measures and transition plans. I led
the fight in closing Washington’s last coal-fired power plant,
and in the legislation we put specific language to provide
workforce development assistance in transferring those employees
to new industries and not leave them unemployed. As Lt.
Governor, I will focus on identifying win-win opportunities to
create jobs and new industries in areas like pumped hydro
storage, creation of new clean hydrogen fuel manufacturing, and
expansion of our use of sustainable mass timber products. The
more we innovate, the better equipped we will be to reach our
goals and create jobs in communities all over our state. We must
also embed environmental justice into every project we work on,
recognizing the intersectionality health and the environment
have, and address the gross inequities that exist in our state,
where historically marginalized communities continue to face
disproportionate impacts from the decisions we have made. I was
proud to cosponsor the HEAL Act in the Senate, putting special
consideration on the larger effect climate change has on lower
income areas and communities of color. There is much more work
to be done about the historical injustices faced by our
marginalized communities, but as Lt. Governor, I will fight to
ensure them a place at the table to discuss the policies that
will be impacting their lives.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
This is a moment for our innovative Washington spirit to help
lead the world to find solutions that can grow our economy,
create jobs throughout our state, and address this pressing
threat. I believe that we must place a price on carbon emissions
to create market pressure to reduce our investments. I support
many possible mechanisms to achieve this, from a clean fuels
standard, to a cap and invest program, to a price on carbon.
Whichever pathway we select, we must ensure that there are
strong worker protections. We must also ensure that equity and
environmental justice are central, by including the most
impacted communities at the table. In Washington, almost half of
our pollution output that contributes to climate change is from
transportation. We should apply a carbon and equity lens to any
future transportation package to ensure that our state is
reducing emissions and addressing systemic oppression that
collocates essential infrastructure and its associated negative
impact in ways that are not just or equitable. The next
transportation package must make major investments in high speed
rail, light rail, legacy stormwater upgrades, non-motorized
projects, as well as fully funding the replacement of
salmon-blocking culverts. These should be paired with critical
safety projects like the US-2 and I-5 bridge replacements that
incorporate tolling, transit and transportation demand
management.
Denny Heck Lieutenant Governor green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
I believe here in Washington State we hold a strong belief in
our scientifically based moral obligation to protect our
environment. Under my term, the question would not be if Climate
Change is real but what we are doing about it as a community and
a legislature. So I want voters to know, it is time to go big
and bold with a plan to rebuild our post-covid economy that
prioritizes investments in infrastructure of all kinds and
notably green energy and renewables, and provides for more
broadly shared prosperity. We get lower carbon output by making
carbon pollution more expensive (carbon fee). We use revenues to
invest in all manner of infrastructure notably to include green
energy. But we also use revenues to help displaced workers make
a transition to good jobs of the future, a transition that
safeguards their compensation and health care. (As you will
recall, the failure to do this is the primary reason why I
opposed fast tracking TPP.) But I also think we need to think
more broadly about this. It is not just carbon-dependent
employees who are the cusp on being displaced; it is also the
millions of jobs under pressure by forces such as AI and
globalization. Now is the time to invest in workers. We have a
window of opportunity.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
It is human-caused carbon pollution. Period.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
When I attended the unveiling of the headstone of the great
Billy Frank Jr., I was struck by the words he asked to be
inscribed. He was thinking mostly about water quality and fish
runs, but I think they apply to climate change as well.
Foreboding as it is, here is what’s written on his tombstone:
“We are running out of time.” Indeed, we are.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
It is far past time for the Senate leadership to bring the low
carbon fuel standard legislation to the floor for a vote. It has
passed the House twice, has the strong support of the governor
and the public.{” “}

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
It is what we own in our household. When we get to making
large-scale investments in infrastructure as a part of our
inevitable effort to combat the recession, we should prioritize
the installation of charging stations.{” “}

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
In America, every year we take out a metaphorical ‘loan’ from
our environment through our overuse of fossil fuels and large
carbon footprint. Eventually the environment is going to come to
cash that loan, which, if unprepared, we will not be able to pay
off by having done irreversible damage. In the Pacific
Northwest, we should set goals to reduce our carbon emissions in
order to reduce the brutalization of mother nature and make the
future ‘loan’ easier. The most clear cut way to do that is a
long term investment and transition to renewable energy sources.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
I’ll let my record answer this question for me. Throughout my
career, I have been an avid supporter of labor rights,
collective bargaining, and a just system for all workers. A
requisite aspect of American society (or environmental policy)
is reaching international standards, such as the Paris Climate
Accord, and transition towards a carbon neutral infrastructure.
I believe this change will, and can, happen here first in the
Pacific Northwest, but it will not be instantaneous. I imagine
environment legislation, which I will fully support, will set
10, 20, and 30 year goals of carbon reduction output.
Infrastructural change will come at the same pace, which leads
me to believe a fully just transition to a sustainable society
is completely achievable without dramatic job loss or community
devastation.{” “}

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I believe we need to institute a Carbon Tax and I have put my
money where my mouth is on this subject. I was the first member
of the delegation to sign onto and campaign for the ill-fated
I-1631. I was one of the very first members of the US House to
co-sponsor HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividen Act.
If we want carbon pollution to be reduced, we need to make it
more expensive. I am on record and I am steadfast on this
matter.
Hilary Franz Commissioner For Public Lands green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
In my role as the Commissioner of Public Lands, the agency I
lead is on the frontlines of global warming from wildfires,
dying forests, drought, ocean acidification, and sea level rise.
We are leading research in ocean acidification and carbon
sequestration opportunities and making significant investments
in carbon sequestration opportunities and creating more
resilient landscapes and communities.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
In Washington, transportation and wildfires are the largest
greenhouse gas emissions. We are working to reduce
transportation greenhouse gas emissions by reducing conversion
of our natural resource lands and reduce catastrophic wildfires
in our state. We are also expanding clean energy on our public
lands to expand cleaner energy sources and increase our energy
resilience.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?

Climate change is the greatest threat we face from increasing
wildfires and floods, loss of forests and habitat, reduced
agricultural production and water supply, and ocean
acidification and sea level rise. DNR has significant
opportunities to help our lands, waters and communities be
more resilient in the face of climate change and also help
reduce our carbon emissions through natural climate solutions.

Our forests store a tremendous amount of carbon and have
significant potential to do more. Forests absorb carbon
dioxide from the atmosphere and store it in different
repositories, called carbon pools, which include trees (both
living and dead), root systems, undergrowth, the forest floor
and soils. Live trees have the highest carbon density,
followed by soils and the forest floor. Invasive insects and
diseases, drought, wildfires and urban development—all of
which can be compounded with a changing climate—affect the
amount of forestland and the rate of carbon sequestration and
storage.

Our agricultural lands also store carbon and can store more
through innovative farming practices such as conservation
tillage, organic production, improved cropping systems, land
restoration, reduced conversion to urban development. Our sage
lands, grasslands, wetlands, and vegetated coastal ecosystems
also provide critical opportunities to sequester carbon.

At DNR, we are taking significant steps to recognize the value
of these lands to sequester carbon and to increase
opportunities for natural carbon storage solutions.
Specifically, under my leadership we have and will continue to
work to:

  • Develop a carbon sequestration inventory for all of
    Washington’s forests to identify the carbon potential of
    Washington’s public, private and tribal forests. • Create a
    carbon market program where we can increase conservation of
    state’s old growth forests and also prevent conversion of
    our working forests.
  • Implement 20-Year Forest Health Plan for the state,
    restoring 1.25 million acres of forests to health to prevent
    them from dying and burning up.
  • Place thousands of acres of forests in protected
    conservation status and prevent thousands of additional
    acres of working forests from being converted into
    development.
  • Replant hundreds of thousands of acres of forestlands that
    have burned (over the last 10 years, over 3 million acres of
    forests have burned that need replanting and restoration).
  • Place thousands of acres of agricultural land into
    production, preventing thousands of acres of private
    agricultural land from conversion.
  • Implement sustainable agricultural practices on our
    agricultural lands to increase carbon sequestration and
    water retention, including exploring compost, biochar and
    other types of techniques.
  • Place thousands of acres of high value natural areas in
    conservation status, including some of the highest natural
    resource conservation and natural resource heritage areas.


Sue Kuehl Pederson Commissioner For Public Lands question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
Andy Billig State Senator, District 3 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I will continue to support and sponsor policies that create
clean energy and a more sustainable community. Specifically, I
believe we need some form of carbon pricing and/or low carbon
fuel standard. We also need to be more aggressive at supporting
efforts to create a more sustainable built environment. If the
healthy and carbon-free/carbon-less transportation alternatives
like walking, biking and transit are safe and easy then we’ll
reduce our carbon footprint and help people to be more healthy
at the same time.


Dave Lucas State Senator, District 3 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
Marcus Riccelli State Representative, District 3, Position 1 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
I worked hard for over five years to pass a bi-partisan bill in
the legislature to move our County Commission in Spokane to five
Commissioners and by district (that was recently ruled
constitutional by the State Supreme Court in WA). I think this
will provide better and more diverse representation in our
community and hopefully allow for stronger voices on our
commission that want to promote local efforts to address climate
change.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
Unfortunately, when the voices of marginalized groups are
excluded from discussions on how to address climate change, it
is all too common that our most vulnerable end up shouldering a
disproportionate share of the burden (both in terms of
environmental health hazards or dollars and cents) while
polluters are let off the hook. The idea that those most
impacted by climate change should have a priority seat at the
table in strategizing how to address it is a basic tenet of
climate justice. I represent one of the poorest districts in the
state, and I feel very strongly that communities like mine, as
well as other marginalized groups, should have a powerful voice
in helping to chart a sustainable roadmap to prosperity.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I am driven by the conviction that our children should inherit a
better world, and I am committed to protecting and preserving
the immense natural beauty that we are blessed with in
Washington state. Here in Spokane, we are lucky to have two
gorgeous state parks at our doorstep, and I believe family
income should not be a barrier to experiencing the outdoors. The
environment that lets us thrive faces threats on many fronts.
From local challenges like toxins in the Spokane River to global
challenges like climate change, I will continue to work hard to
support and champion policies to make our planet clean,
beautiful, and livable for our children’s generation and
generations to come. As a member of our House Democrats
Leadership team I worked hard to bring the low carbon fuel
standards bill up for a vote and helped ensure it had the votes
to move it off the floor. I do believe we must move forward with
a policy intervention that enacts a low carbon fuel standard or
some type of carbon pricing. As a long-time member of the
Transportation Committee, and someone who has been tapped by the
Chair of the Committee to serve as one of the members helping to
craft a new transportation proposal, we need to be focused on
the fact that transportation the top driver of carbon pollution
in Washington. Meanwhile, many families in my community are
struggling to pay for gas in their vehicles to be able to get to
work, because our transit system cannot reliably accommodate the
unusual hours often worked by service-workers and other low-wage
workers. This is bad for people and bad for the planet. We need
a 21st century transportation infrastructure that promotes
connectivity, sustainability, and opportunity for all. This is
why I have championed projects such as the Central City Line
high-performance transit system and the University District
Gateway Bridge, which were funded in the 2015 transportation
revenue package, (at $15 million and $8.8 million respectively).
These projects will provide new transportation choices for
people in my community while reducing our dependence on fossil
fuels. Through my role on the Transportation Committee, I will
continue to look for and support projects in our community and
state that have a positive environmental impact reduce
emissions, improve air quality and support alternative
transportation.
Laura D Carder State Representative, District 3, Position 1 no red x no red x no red x no red x green check mark green check mark question mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
Climate changes are often caused by cyclical changes in solar
activity. The recent fires actually caused cooling where the
fires weren’t with the smoke blocking some of the sun’s rays.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
Dark asphalt for streets that absorbs heat, vehicle exhausts and
air-conditioner vents that spews out warmer air leads to some
warming in the cities. Those would add a very small % to overall
temperature.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
At our latitude, warming would help extend the growing season
for natural foods.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
They are cleaner and quieter. I like our hybrid busses. I wonder
how feasible it would be to have lightweight solar panels on the
roofs of busses and trucks.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
We have renewable energy with the dams and other water-powered
methods. The windmills are too inefficient for the cost, and we
might not get enough sun in the winter for solar panels to be
efficient. Years ago, a friend’s brother showed me a stationary
bicycle like device for his children to use to power the sound
on their TV.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
I would say “Yes” if it’s economically sustainable as well.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
Learn more about solar activities and the fact that plants need
CO2.
Timm Ormsby State Representative, District 3, Position 2 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
It’s clearly human activity that is accelerating adverse climate
impacts

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I don’t possess a great depth and breadth of knowledge on this
issue, and defer to my trusted colleagues, advocates, and
subject matter experts to offer insights and analysis.
Bob Apple State Representative, District 3, Position 2 green check mark no red x no red x no red x green check mark no red x question mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
Global warming is happening very limited and for well over 2,000
years that civilized humans have recorded and long before as
science has proven. I believe science has proven far more but
our government has been even slower in those acknowledgements
and establishments of real verifiable facts to distinguish from
so many bad theories espoused today. To be honest people make
money on theories they can push and get a reaction from the
public for good or bad but most effectively harms the public and
costs us socially and dearly.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
Nuclear and carcinogenic chemicals that do not readily breakdown
in our environment should be prohibited from manufacturing where
ever possible. I believe there are other issues regarding DNA
and RNA manipulations today that need to be addressed through
our governance. In fact of more importance today is the
fulfilling of our governance processes or we will be unable to
address any issues believed of importance.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
I am concerned about outside influences that could dramatically
change our planet that we now have the joint capability of
potentially dealing some protections for and are not. First and
foremost we are learning that we need to engage the legislative
process for and by the people.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
I do not believe there is a clear understanding of what “global
warning” is or implies and for that reason is divisive. As a
legislator there are some goals my constituents might agree with
or otherwise but I commit to represent the area voters of the
3rd Legislative District as my charge and follow the rules of
our governance to accomplish those ends.{” “}

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
As a legislator and like when I was a City Council Member the
job is to listen to the public I represent and seek to
accomplish our goals and not mine or even special interest goals
unless they match but also provide an open forum to discuss
ideas before making them laws. I fought WA Public Power Supply
System and thankful we ended nuclear reactors here and supported
the Toxic Waste Initiative and Growth Management that are both
laws now.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
I know that just 10,000 years ago that there was at least a 100
feet of ice above where I sit now and in the area there are also
multiple layers of volcanic lava rock that have been placed
prior to that occurrence so change is unavoidable and perhaps
our best bet is to work to understand and try to manipulate it
before it can do greater harm. Who does not want a cleaner river
and security for our aquifer drinking water but the real
questions of how we interact with each other and understand even
our governments operations to better serve the public is what
I’m running for to accomplish and the least I would hope the
local voters would expect. It is we working together for
solutions and ideas but not dictating and mandating that will
give us peace of mind and real accomplishment in the goals we
together can accomplished.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
We need healthy and strong communities both socially and
economically so we can dedicate some of our resources in joint
action towards keeping what we have and even preventing those
things we perceive could be a threat.
Lance Gurel State Representative, District 4, Position 2 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I want to both sponsor and support legislation that will help
prevent the impacts of climate change. There is a need to ramp
up renewable energy policies that will reduce pollution and that
promotes economic opportunities, energy efficiency at homes and
commercial buildings need to improve and we have to keep pushing
for a reduction on greenhouse gas emissions. Through legislation
we can help expand clean energy, improve public health, promote
economic opportunities and build up our communities.
Rob Chase State Representative, District 4, Position 2 question mark no red x no red x no red x no red x no red x question mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
Too many factors to determine answer

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
The effect of manmade CO2 is too diminutive to have much of an
effect

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
CO2 in atmosphere is .04%, manmade is 3% of that. We need CO2 to
live.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
We have bigger fish to fry environmentally.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
I own a Prius

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
I am interested in restoring salmon runs above Chief Joseph and
Grand Coulee dams as part of the completion of the Columbia
Basin Project

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
How is “just” defined. Word meanings seem to be changing all the
time.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I would like to explore other alternative energies that would be
promising economically.
Lori Feagan State Representative, District 4, Position 1 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
A gradual increase in earth’s surface temperature has been well
documented since the early 20th century, resulting in global
climate-related changes. Speaking the truth about the science of
global warming is a responsibility of elected leaders.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
Global warming is caused by humans activity – burning fossil
fuels in cars, buildings, factories, and power plants, putting
heat-trapping gases into the air. We can each do our part, but
to truly mitigate the impacts of fossil fuels, we must
transition away from our reliance on industries that rely on
fossil fuels and who create the greatest environmental impacts,
and move toward healthier, economically sustainable practices
that use renewable energy sources.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
Global warming will continue to escalate if we fail to act
responsibly.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
Several important pieces of legislation were passed in the 2020
session, including allowing Washington to join the Zero
Emissions Vehicle program, setting new short and long term
targets for reducing carbon emissions to align with current
climate science assessments, and tax incentives for property
owners to transition to clean and efficient energy sources.
There are other bills that did not make it out of committee
which would facilitate reduction in carbon production. Our
district needs a representative who understands the critical
nature of global warming along with the need to promote
innovative industry and job growth for our workforce and
economic health.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
I support tax credits to consumers who purchase hybrid, electric
or fuel-cell vehicles, and support industry benchmarks for
production of those vehicles.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
I support tax incentives for renewable energy investments by
residents and businesses.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
“Just transition” is a framework for a fair shift to an economy
that is ecologically sustainable, equitable and just. We must
invest in and expand industries that provide sustainable climate
solutions while also investing in education and job training to
ensure we do not experience net job losses.{” “}

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I will listen and learn from the experiences and expertise of
all stakeholders when considering environmental policy. I do
believe we can develop innovative legislation to meet the unique
needs of our state economy, while making necessary, meaningful
progress in climate protection. I look forward to representing
my district when these important decisions are made.


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Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
I believe increasing our use of energy-efficient vehicles is one
of the most important and necessary components to reducing CO2
and other greenhouse gases. The question, though, is too broad
to simply answer yes or no, as “incentives” needs to be defined
specifically. I have to say I do not answer questions from any
source that ask me to “support”, “oppose”, “commit”, or
“pledge”, as I need to see the details of the proposal and a
fiscal note, if it’s a bill. To do so would remove my ability to
represent my constituents appropriately. This pertains to the
following questions as well.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
Renewable energy sources reduce greenhouse gases by reducing the
extraction, refining and use of fossil and biomass fuels and,
thus, slow climate change. We have to move away from
carbon-based fuels as quickly as possible, by using and
developing our renewable resources and, of course, promote
conservation of resources to lower our impact. Again, the
question is about “incentives”, a term that needs to be defined
specifically.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
We need to transition to a sustainable society in all aspects of
our lives, from transportation use and building conservation to
farming and resource extraction practices, and water
conservation. Some communities and workers will need more help
than others to make this transition over time, but it’s
important all of us continue to do our part. Government is a
resource to encourage and promote sustainability, but it will
take individuals to change the world.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I believe the Growth Management Act encourages urban growth in
urban areas and preserves the rural areas for farming. It
encourages public transportation, the installation and use of
sewers and sewage treatment, protection of water resources, and
sustainable building practices. I would encourage policies that
promote conservation of resources (reduce, reuse, recycle) and
the use of renewable energy.


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Mike Volz State Representative, District 6, Position 1 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
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What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I believe that we must take action to address the climate crisis
and preserve our planet for the future. I will listen to
scientific experts about the steps we can take now to combat
climate change. I believe that we need policies that support
clean energy, a just transition, and sustainable communities.
This includes a low carbon fuel standard. I also believe we need
to invest in walkable neighborhoods, development, and public
transit that will decrease the use of cars and our carbon
footprint.


Jenny Graham State Representative, District 6, Position 2 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
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Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
It is important to make sure that the industries that depend on
fossil fuels have an off-ramp from our current economy and the
workers in those industries have an on-ramp to the new green
economy.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I support the platform suggestions of the Environment and
Climate Caucus.If you have questions, comments, or concerns
please feel free to contact me at{” “}
campaign@time4tom.com{” “}
Georgia Davenport State Representative, District 7, Position 1 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I am a strong supporter of the Green New Deal. I have worked
with 350 Seattle before as well, helping organize the NoDAPL and
Defund DAPL rallies in Seattle.{” “}


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Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the causes of global warming?
I believe global warming is exacerbated by human activities and
may also be, in part, the cyclical nature of our planet.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
As the father of two young children, I am worried about the
world that we are leaving for future generations.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on the Washington State Legislature
and global warming?
I favor legislation that puts the onus on major polluters and
corporations.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
I support helping workers that are directly affected by climate
change as well as those that may be affected by policies to
battle climate change.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
I support many of the proposals in the Green New Deal, provided
that corporations and major polluters are held to account first
and primarily.
Joel Kretz State Representative, District 7, Position 2 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark

Candidates for Spokane County Office

Click to expand to see more Candidate Name Office Sought Global warming is happening? Global warming is caused mostly by human activities? Concerned about global warming? Spokane County should do more? Providing incentives for energy-efficient vehicles? Providing incentives for renewable energy generation? Support a just transition?
Ted Cummings Spokane County Commissioner District 1 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on Spokane County and global warming?
Spokane County can do numerous things to do our part in fighting
Global warming. We need to plan new housing along bus routes and
add bike lanes and paths that are maintained year around. We
need to look at light rail options and do all we can to
encourage electric vehicles and even working from home. Spokane
county should partner with solar and wind power manufacturers to
see if we can build and install these power options widely
throughout the county.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on just transition and climate change?
Just transition is a must, doing the right thing does not mean
that someone loses. As we move to greener and sustainable
economy and energy systems we need pace it so that those
impacted smoothly move into their new skills and roles

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
We must demand a level playing field from the global economy,
closing American manufacturing or agricultural produce to import
essential materials from countries who have no environmental or
basic human right standards is a non-starter with me. We must
make sure that every country adheres to the same standard of
worker and environmental protections so that we are comparing
apples to apples.


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Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on Spokane County and global warming?
It’s my perception that the City of Spokane has been more active
than Spokane County in recognizing the issue of climate change
and sustainability issues. The county needs to become more
involved and a regional approach (including other
municipalities) should be considered and adopted.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on energy-efficient vehicles?
Incentives for energy-efficient vehicles would be most
appropriately provided by the federal and/or state government.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on renewable energy?
Incentives for renewable energy generation would be most
appropriately provided by federal and/or state government.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
As vice chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Council on
the Environment and Climate Crisis (ECCC), I support the
national platform recommendations approved by the ECCC
summarized at{” “}

https://www.dncclimate.org/the-platform.


Mary Kuney Spokane County Commissioner District 2 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark

Candidates for Federal Office

Click to expand to see more Candidate Name Office Sought Global warming is happening? Global warming is caused mostly by human activities? Concerned about global warming? Congress and the Federal Government should do more should do
more?
Providing incentives for energy-efficient vehicles? Providing incentives for renewable energy generation? Support a just transition?
Dave Wilson US House of Representatives CD 5 green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark green check mark

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on whether global warming is
happening?
There is no doubt about it.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on global warming?
I believe we need to do more to protect the planet. This is both
an economic issue and a national security issue. We should move
towards a carbon neutral economy and embrace an overhaul of our
energy infrastructure with investments in clean, renewable
energy sources like wind and solar power. This is an area where
there is lots of room for innovation and lots of potential for
economic recovery and growth.

Is there anything additional you would like the voters to know
regarding your thoughts on Congress, the Federal Government,
and global warming?
Part of the solution to climate change may include: 1. Keep
working on our renewable energy programs. 2. Consider a workable
cap and trade program, or a tax on carbon. 3. Raising energy
efficiency standards on autos, appliances, air planes, home and
commercial HVAC, and so on. 4. The federal government investing
in research and innovation in these areas. Taking some or all of
these steps can start the creative juices flowing in the
entrepreneurial system. When this happens, companies and
non-profits start working on innovations, concepts and ideas.
This leads to great solutions or inventions being discovered
that can be scaled, and an upward virtuous cycle begins and
continues.

What policies, if any, do you support or would you push for in
order to address climate change?
Part of the solution to climate change may include: 1. Keep
working on our renewable energy programs. 2. Consider a workable
cap and trade program, or a tax on carbon. 3. Raising energy
efficiency standards on autos, appliances, air planes, home and
commercial HVAC, and so on. 4. The federal government investing
in research and innovation in these areas. Taking some or all of
these steps can start the creative juices flowing in the
entrepreneurial system. When this happens, companies and
non-profits start working on innovations, concepts and ideas.
This leads to great solutions or inventions being discovered
that can be scaled, and an upward virtuous cycle begins and
continues.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers US House of Representatives CD 5 question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark question mark
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