Clean & Renewable Energy

One simple step we can take to address climate change is to start using using food waste to produce clean energy, thereby reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Although fossil fuels may still be necessary today, there are alternatives available and we must take urgent action to transition to other forms of energy. In this regard, there is good news on the horizon. We are in the midst of a clean energy revolution and America is leading the way.

Just last month, scientists in the Midwest developed a breakthrough carbon-absorption technology that has the potential to be a game-changer in the fight against global warming. This is the kind of technology we need to keep investing to save our planet and boost our economy.

The development of clean technology will have a variety of positive economic multiplier effects-- spawning new industries, creating jobs, and improving our quality of life. We owe it to ourselves and our children to take action on climate change now. In doing so, we'll make sure that America leads the way towards a sustainable global economy.

My opponent, Mimi Walters, keeps voting for more oil drilling despite the fact the evidence proves the contrary that this in no way reduces gasoline prices at the pumps. All this does is make more of her wealthy billionaire class contributors wealthier and does not in any way help the middle-class in our district earn more money or create more jobs.

Walters supported YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910). Walters supported YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824). Walters supported YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904). She has consistently demonstrated that she is not for protecting our precious environment. I believe that if she had the power, she would just dismantle the entire EPA. According to The League of Conservation Voter, she is an anti-environmentalist.

Walters supported NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049). Walters supported NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351). Walters supported NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221). Walters supported NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours")), Walters supported NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690). Walters supported NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018). Simply stated, when one connects the dots here, one sees clearly that she has little interest in preserving the environment; rather, she wants to sustain our insatiable addictive appetite for oil. She wants to continue to help her oil buddies and campaign contributors in any way possible including giving them our taxpayers’ money in the form of subsidies when they’ve been enjoying record profit years during the Great Recession. She is opposed to energy independence, according to Campaign for America’s Future. Walters is not standing up for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • NO on tax credits for renewable electricity, with PAYGO offsets (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Tax Act; Bill H.R.7060)
  • NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation (Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act; Bill HR6049)
  • NO on tax incentives for renewable energy (Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act; Bill H.R.5351)
  • NO on investing in homegrown biofuel (New Direction for Energy Independence; Bill HR3221)
  • NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies (Creating Long-Term Energy Alternatives for the Nation(CLEAN); Bill HR 6 ("First 100 hours"))
  • NO on starting implementation of Kyoto Protocol (Amendment sponsored by Olver, D-MA; Bill HR 4690)
  • NO on protecting free-roaming horses and burros (Restore Our American Mustangs Act; Bill H.R.1018)
  • YES on barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases (Energy Tax Prevention Act; Bill H.910)
  • YES on de-authorizing "critical habitat" for endangered species (Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act; Bill HR 3824)
  • YES on speeding up approval of forest thinning projects (Healthy Forests Restoration Act; Bill HR 1904)
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Address our contribution to climate change
  • Balance between environment and search for energy
  • Renewable energy tax credits
  • Repeal fossil fuel subsidies
  • Reform energy speculation market
  • Label our genetically engineered food
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale