Saving Planet With 'Green New Deal' Proves Popular as Climate Hawks Celebrate Midterm Victories

Advocates for taking rapid action to avoid an increasingly likely human-caused climate catastrophe celebrated as candidates across the country who have campaigned on a implementing a Green New Deal and fighting to phase out fossil fuels that have driven global warming won their midterm races on Tuesday while Democrats recaptured the U.S. House of Representatives.

“We need public officials who refuse to be bought and paid for by Big Oil and can stand up for groundbreaking climate policy like a Green New Deal.”
—May Boeve,

Those candidates, described by some as “climate hawks,” included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York—who, at 29, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress—Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Antonio Delgado, also of New York.

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“We need public officials who refuse to be bought and paid for by Big Oil and can stand up for groundbreaking climate policy like a Green New Deal,” declared 350 Action executive director May Boeve. “Candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Deb Haaland, and Ilhan Omar ran on platforms supporting a phase out of fossil fuels and toward 100 percent renewable energy, and won.”

“We may never be able to outspend oil and gas executives, so it’s our job to build a political movement large enough that our voices drown out their dirty money,” Boeve added. “It’s time to say ‘no’ to fossil fuel money and invest in renewable energy solutions that put millions to work in family-supporting union jobs.”

Since her shocking primary upset in a reliably blue New York district earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez has been heralded as one of Congress’ next climate leaders. While some scientists have charged that her “Green New Deal lacks some important details” and called for fleshing out the proposal, the prospect of pairing labor programs with measures to combat the climate crisis has been widely welcomed by experts and progressives alike.


“This is the sort of bold and audacious thinking that we need when it comes to confronting the ever-pressing challenge of averting catastrophic climate change,” Michael Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, told The Huffington Post Tuesday night.

Although the contingent of Green New Deal supporters in the House could have been bigger—Randy Bryce lost his race in Wisconsin and Kevin de León, who was behind California’s historic 100 percent renewable energy bill, failed to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein—some other advocates for climate action were able to win their races on Tuesday.

Scientist and clean energy entrepreneur Sean Casten, who campaigned on the line that he “has dedicated his life to fighting climate change,” unseated Republican incumbent Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois’ historically red 6th District in the Chicago suburbs. As co-founder Bill McKibben noted on Twitter late Tuesday, Casten “is going to be one of the most climate-savvy folks in Congress right from the get-go.”

Environmental attorney Mike Levin of California—who, like Casten, was endorsed by the Climate Hawks Vote political action committee—is expected to win in the San Diego area district previously held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa.

Democrats also won or were projected to win five other “hotly contested” seats in districts where more than two-thirds of residents are worried about the climate crisis. As EcoWatch reported:

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