NEGAUNEE, Mich. — Dana Ferguson, Democratic candidate for US Congress in Michigan's First District (MI01) recently took the 'No Fossil Fuel Money' pledge.
Taking the pledge means that he and his campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or SEC-named executives of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal.
Over 2,000 politicians all over the country — and at all levels of government — have signed the pledge.
It states, "I pledge not to take contributions over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry executives, lobbyists, or PACs and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits."
The climate crisis is already harming Americans today — from extreme weather to higher food and energy bills to increased public health threats. The costs are borne by our families and our communities, destroying the American dream of shared prosperity and justice. Overcoming the climate emergency is the great moral imperative of our time.
Dirty fossil fuel money is corrupting our political system and blocking bold action on climate change. Fossil fuel companies spent more than $260 million in campaign contributions and lobbying Congress in the 2016 cycle. In exchange for their cash, these companies continue to receive billions in subsidies and friendly laws that benefit polluters instead of people.
We need leaders that reject the influence of fossil fuel money and plan for a just, climate-safe, renewable energy future for everyone, not just the few. Climate leadership means saying NO to the fossil fuel industry and its money, and taking the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge is a core part of that commitment.