The CleanTech Party supports candidates who are devoted to creating a clean economy that works for everyone. From addressing climate change by reducing carbon emissions to preserving tax credits for solar and wind energy, California and our elected leaders must continue to lead and be outspoken on bold climate and cleantech policies that will spur economic growth and protect the environment. We can and we must do more. Below are the CleanTech Party Principles for the 2018 Election Cycle. Taking back Congress doesn’t just mean electing Democrats, it means electing leaders who will stand up to Donald Trump and his cronies and fight for the following principles.
Climate change is the single biggest threat of our time. The CleanTech Party supports candidates who will leave no stone unturned when it comes to supporting policies that reduce carbon emissions, decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and support new green technologies and sustainable communities.
Climate Change Policies
- Reassert US leadership in Paris Climate Accord
- Support the Clean Power Plan
- Divestment from fossil fuels
Solar & Wind
Investing in a clean economy future means investing in and supporting solar & wind. California’s solar & wind companies are directly affected by local, state and federal policies. The CleanTech party supports candidates who will fight to preserve tax credits for solar+wind development, accelerate utility-scale and distributed solar+wind and invest in renewable energy deployment. These policies support America’s 250,000 solar workers.
- Support the federal Solar Investment Tax Credit, especially with the phase out of the production tax credit (2019) and the ITC (2021).
- Support the federal Wind Production Tax Credit (PTC)
- Advocate for community solar
- Support expanding energy storage
- Utility-Scale & Distributed Solar
Pollution & Carbon Reduction
The CleanTech Party supports candidates who support putting a price on environmental externalities like carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Even though cap and trade legislation passed the House in 2010, it failed to pass the Senate. In 2015, Obama championed the Clean Power Plan, which has since been gutted by Trump and his EPA. We need bold leaders who will stand up to Trump and Pruitt and demand bold action, and who will advocate for deploying a national cap and trade program that is similar to California's.
Transportation is now the largest source of carbon emissions in CA. The CleanTech Party supports candidates who will advocate for investments in public transportation and electric vehicles, while supporting policies that lead to more walkable communities, transit oriented development and alternative modes of transportation, like cycling, bus, rail and ride sharing. California’s next generation of leaders in Congress must advocate for stronger vehicle fuel efficiency standards as well as carbon pollution standards.
- Maintain aggressive fuel efficiency standards
- Support clean fuel standards similar CA to reduce carbon emissions
Climate change disproportionately affects low income communities and communities of color. We must work to ensure that all communities have access to safe drinking water, clean air and open spaces.
Environmental Justice Policy
- Introduce a version of the Environmental Justice Act of 2017 (SB 1996 Cory Booker) in the House.
Diversifying our energy portfolio also means creating jobs and expanding our economy. Now is the time to invest in our clean economy future by supporting industries that will create new jobs while moving away from fossil fuels. This will save consumers money and encourage more sustainable choices. The CleanTech Party supports candidates who will advance sound economic policies to spur growth, productivity, and innovation.
Protecting and preserving water across the US is crucial. Water conservation and water recycling programs must be implemented to protect our communities from water shortages and drought.