Candidate Survey Explanations
Every Philadelphian deserves to have a clean, safe and healthy environment. City official and local governments have a responsibility to help their communities be more accountable for the size of their carbon footprint. If elected to City Council I would work with advocacy groups and labor unions to transition the oil refinery to restored public land and renewable energy projects. This impacts government and businesses by planning for long-term sustainability, and eventual reduced costs
The community needs jobs – although I fully embrace a massive solar panel installation for peco to go 20% renewable by 2025.
To pass this moratorium and prepare for a just transition, the working class and their unions must lead the fight to stop climate change. Working and poor people will suffer the worst effects of this climate emergency. The only way to stop climate change is through massive amounts of work to transform the economy. By fighting climate change, we will build the material conditions and power of working people.
I believe that every new energy project deserves to be examined on an individual basis, and the PES is undergoing significant financial problems — it recently exited bankruptcy and appears headed toward it again — so I would not advocate anything that would close the facility and put its workers out of work, threatening the plan to become abandoned and blighted. However, I support expanding renewable energy in the city of Philadelphia.
Sandra Dungee Glenn:
I support the city’s “Powering Our Future: A Clean Energy Vision for Philadelphia.” Achieving the goal of an 80% reduction in carbon pollution by 2050 is ambitious, but important. Upgrading our infrastructure is essential, as is the use of Energy Service Companies by the city and SDP to identify ways to promote energy efficiency. Finally, the City should invest in projects that promote energy efficiency, neighborhood stabilization, and use of Black and Brown contractors.
Renewable energy is competitive with or cheaper than fossil fuels. A Green New Deal for Philadelphia is common sense, makes fiscal sense, and is the right thing to do. I will work with residents for a cohesive strategy, timeline, & goals. The PES business model is dead & cost-prohibitive. I will implement tax incentives for companies to decontaminate, restore, & build renewable energy projects on this site. I support programs that adopt clean energy tech & innovative battery storage solutions.
Katherine Gilmore Richardson:
I know the importance of reducing fossil fuel infrastructure in Philadelphia and would support a moratorium on the development of fossil fuel infrastructure. As a legislative aide in Council, I worked on the bill that decreased the rates of sulfur content in commercial fuel oil as well as the new power purchase agreement for the City to purchase 22% of our electricity needs via renewable energy sources dedicated to the City of Philadelphia.
Fossil fuels have done tremendous things for our economy and for our quality of life. They have been unfairly stigmatized. They provide cheap energy which is especially meaningful for low-income people. It is not feasible to be powered exclusively by wind and solar. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant as we exhale it every time we breathe and it keeps plants alive. Food is brought into the city through the burning of fossil fuels. Wind farms blight the surrounding landscape and are hugely costly.
Cities can win on environmental justice. We can generate high-quality jobs through large-scale retrofitting of public buildings and schools and make renewable energy accessible by holding PECO accountable to transitioning to renewables and passing cost savings along to residents. I will fight for sustainable investments in public transit and oppose the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in Philadelphia. I have committed to voting against the development of an LNG plant anywhere in the City.
As the only candidate with a Green New Deal as a cornerstone of his campaign I will support a moratorium on the development of any fossil fuel infrastructure. We face a ticking clock which if we don’t tackle will destroy our black & brown and working class communities. As a part of any true Green New Deal we need to transition our current infrastructure to 100% green energy. I support using eminent domain to redevelop the bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions to a green energy public utility.
First, fossil fuel is bad for the environment, and PES has been fined so many times, I would propose that the land be returned to the public to enact these environment friendly projects.
We should develop a comprehensive plan that, among other things, promote less use of fossil fuels and invests in renewables; we need to educate people to make their community and commute “greener” by incentivizing the use of renewable energy, reducing emissions and decarbonizing the economy by putting a price to pollution. I agree with the principles of the Green New Deal, I will support the recommended participatory study-funded by the City to formulate a local Green New Deal for Philadelphia.