Climate Change

One of the earliest protectors of our environment was a Republican President-- Teddy Roosevelt. He greatly expanded our national park system and established some of our most beloved national parks. Another Republican President, Richard Nixon, created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and today almost two-thirds of Americans are concerned about climate change. 

The looming threat to our planet is no longer a matter of debate. Climate change is real and it has already affected the lives of people around the country-- whether in the form of floods, drought, heat-waves, or monster storms.

Everyone of us has a responsibility to take action for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and our planet. We have no choice but to work together in order to address this enormous challenge. There are many simple things we can do right now that will make a big difference, such as reducing methane emissions caused by food waste.

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