2020 Endorsements

September 25, 2020

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Joe Biden for President of the United States

Knoxville, Tenn. – The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACEAF) is proud to endorse the candidacy of Joe Biden for President of the United States. This endorsement is based on former Vice President Biden’s stated positions on climate and energy issues, and campaign policy proposals including his: 

  • Acceptance of the scientific reality of climate change and acknowledgment of the many threats it poses.
  • Build Back Better” plan, which aims to achieve economy-wide net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to decarbonize the power sector by 2035 with a technology-neutral “Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Standard.”
  • Commitment to environmental justice by calling for 40% of clean energy spending benefits to be directed to disadvantaged communities and ensuring investment in workers and communities impacted by the clean energy transition.
  • Proposal to invest $2 trillion to update our nation’s infrastructure; position the U.S. auto industry to be a global leader in electric transportation; transition 3 million vehicles in federal, state, tribal, postal, and local fleets; and set a goal that all new American-built buses be zero-emissions by 2030.
  • Plan for energy efficiency investments to retrofit 2 million homes and 4 million commercial buildings with energy upgrades; build 1.5 million energy efficient affordable homes and housing units, retrofit schools with energy efficiency and safety measures; and set a net-zero emissions standard for all new commercial buildings by 2030.
  • Acknowledgment of the risk of fossil fuel energy with a commitment to issue a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters; limits on methane pollution for new and existing oil and gas operations; eliminate fossil fuel subsidies; and hold polluters accountable for the full cost of their carbon pollution.

“The science of climate change coupled with the unprecedented opportunity to accelerate the clean energy economy makes this election the most important of our lifetime,” said Dr. Stephen A. Smith, Executive Director of the SACE Action Fund. “Time is simply running out to address serious climate disruption: the impacts are appearing all around us and the choices in this election could not be more clear, that is why the SACE Action Fund is strongly endorsing the Biden/ Harris campaign. We ask that you join us in doing everything within your power to make sure we have leaders that will advance policies based on science that move us to a safer, more vibrant future.”   

In addition to the climate-friendly policies a Biden administration would implement, the SACE Action Fund is confident a Biden Administration would appoint competent professionals, guided by science who are experts in their fields, to lead the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and other federal agencies. These government agencies play instrumental roles in our nation’s energy policy, protecting consumers, our environment, and our public lands. It is our sincere belief that leadership like this will be critical to getting our federal government back on track to confront the climate crisis. 

These and other actions specifically focused on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

• Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
• Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
• Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, is a non-partisan, nonprofit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org

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October 14, 2020         

CONTACT: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Marquita Bradshaw for U.S. Senator for the State of Tennessee

Memphis, Tenn. — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, which works to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, is proud to endorse the candidacy of Marquita Bradshaw for U.S. Senator of the State of Tennessee. This endorsement is based on Ms. Bradshaw’s track record and stated positions on climate and energy issues, and campaign policy proposals including:

  • A career working in the environmental justice movement with groups such as the Sierra Club; 
  • A commitment to addressing the climate crisis head on and recognizing the large economic benefits of doing so for Tennesseeans;
  • Strong support for transitioning rapidly to clean, renewable energy;
  • A commitment to investing in the workforce that bold climate action will require through training, education and enabling career opportunities for renewable energy engineers, renewable energy financiers, climatologists, and more; 
  • A stated desire to create green manufacturing jobs, especially in fenceline polluted communities, and communities that have historically lost manufacturing jobs;
  • Ensuring corporate accountability for pollution and responsibility for pollution clean up;
  • Support for reforming TVA to be a national leader in decarbonization and transitioning justly and equitably to clean energy with green job creation and environmental justice.

These have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

  • Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
  • Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by the media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
  • Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization working to ensure clean energy solutions are a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast.

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October 13, 2020

CONTACT: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for Congress in Florida’s 26th Congressional District 

Miami, Fla. – The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) Action Fund, which strives to support clean energy and climate solutions as a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, announced its endorsement of Debbie Mucarsel-Powell’s candidacy for Congress in Florida’s 26th congressional district today.

The endorsement is based in part on the Congresswoman’s commitment to and track record of supporting clean energy and climate policies in Congress. Rep. Mucarsel-Powell has voted to invest in clean energy solutions to reduce carbon emissions, and also to fund infrastructure needed to protect South Florida from sea level rise.

The congresswoman has also voted to ban oil drilling and to safeguard methane pollution standards which offer further protection to South Florida communities that are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

These and other actions specifically focused on promoting clean energy have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

  • Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
  • Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by the media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
  • Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization working to ensure clean energy solutions are a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org.

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October 21, 2020

CONTACT: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Joe Cunningham for Congress in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District 

Charleston, S.C. — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, which works to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, announced today its endorsement for Joe Cunningham’s candidacy for Congress in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District.

This endorsement is based in part on his track record and stated positions on climate and energy issues, and campaign policy proposals including: 

Endorsements for candidates by the SACE Action Fund are based primarily on the following endorsement criteria:

  • Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
  • Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by the media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
  • Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

A full list of SACE Action Fund’s 2020 Clean Energy Candidate Endorsements are available online at https://www.cleanenergyactionfund.org/news-resources/2020-endorsements/

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization working to ensure clean energy solutions are a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org.

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September 25, 2020

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Roy Cooper for North Carolina’s Governor   

Asheville, N.C. — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, which works to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, announced today its endorsement for Roy Cooper’s candidacy for North Carolina’s Governor.

This endorsement is based in part on his proven track record and leadership on addressing climate change as Governor, specifically with Executive Order 80 which established measurable goals to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions and increase the number of registered, zero-emission vehicles.

We also applaud his support of HB 589 to promote more solar energy and his simultaneous executive order to encourage wind power development as both are important in shifting North Carolina away from polluting fossil fuel power.

Additionally, we appreciate his effective use of the Volkswagen settlement funds to expand electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the state, his proposed EV tax credit for EV purchases, and his efforts to identify state fleet vehicles to be replaced with EVs. All of these will help to accelerate the adoption of EVs and thus reduce the use of carbon emitting internal combustion engine vehicles.

Most recently, we were very glad to see his Issuance of Executive Order 142 to prevent utility disconnections for nonpayment due to COVID-19 pandemic. This is an important move to help people already struggling during the pandemic, and maintain access to electricity, which is an essential human need.

These and other actions specifically focused on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

• Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
• Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
• Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

We wish Governor Cooper well in his campaign and thank him for consistent leadership on behalf of the citizens of North Carolina.

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, is a non-partisan, nonprofit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org.

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October 6, 2020         

CONTACT: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Josh Stein for North Carolina’s Attorney General 

Asheville, N.C. — The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, which works to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, announced today its endorsement for Josh Stein’s candidacy for North Carolina’s Attorney General.

This endorsement is based in part on his track record and leadership in addressing climate change specifically through his work with 23 other attorneys general around the country who sued the Environmental Protection Agency in an effort to protect the Clean Power Plan. While the plan was ultimately repealed, we applaud and appreciate his efforts to preserve it. 

“Attorney General Josh Stein’s statement that the Clean Power Plan is essential to addressing the climate change crisis and beneficial for our economy and health. The Trump administration’s replacement rule does nothing to address this crisis or protect us, and it violates the Clean Air Act in the process,’ demonstrates his commitment to addressing the climate crisis in his capacity as North Carolina’s Attorney General,” stated Dr. Stephen Smith, executive director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund. 

These and other actions specifically focused on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

  • Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
  • Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by the media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
  • Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

A full list of SACE Action Fund’s 2020 Clean Energy Candidate Endorsements are available online at https://www.cleanenergyactionfund.org/news-resources/2020-endorsements/

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, is a non-partisan, nonprofit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org.

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October 14, 2020

CONTACT: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Gloria Johnson for State House in TN

Knoxville, Tenn.  – The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund, which strives to support clean energy and climate solutions as a top priority for our region’s elected leaders, has endorsed Gloria Johnson’s candidacy for State House in District 13. In an effort to highlight Southeastern leaders who have demonstrated support for policies that limit greenhouse gas pollution and promote clean energy solutions, this endorsement comes during a vital time in the U.S. political arena as we strive to combat the worst impacts of climate change. 

This endorsement is based in part on Representative Johnson’s support of the ACT on KUB charter amendment to bring more accountability, cost-savings, and transparency to the Knoxville Utilities Board. 

We also applaud her for her co-sponsorship of the Scenic Vistas Protection Act which would prevent companies from engaging in the environmentally destructive practice of mountaintop removal for coal, which then contributes to further damage from the burning of coal as a source of energy. 

Finally, we are grateful for her strong support for action on climate change and standing tall with advocates for climate action.

 Endorsements for candidates by the SACE Action Fund are based primarily on the following endorsement criteria:

  • Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
  • Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by the media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
  • Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

We wish Representative Johnson well during her campaign and thank her for her continued work to support more clean energy and action on climate change. 

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), is a non-partisan, non-profit (c4) organization working to ensure clean energy solutions are a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action and electoral accountability here in the Southeast.

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August 11, 2020

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE AF Political Director, jennifer@cleanenergyactionfund.org

Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund Endorses Jack Porter for Tallahassee City Commission

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACEAF) endorses Jacqueline (“Jack”) Porter as a candidate for Tallahassee City Commission due to her commitment to environmental preservation, experience in municipal governance, and pledge to elevate the voices and concerns of community residents.

SACEAF’s Board Chair and long-time Tallahassee resident, E. Leon Jacobs, offered this statement in conjunction with Action Fund’s endorsement: “I’ve known Jack for years and feel she will bring a youthful energy and informed expertise to our City Commission at a time when civic engagement is sorely needed. I’m proud that the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund can endorse her for Tallahassee City Commission.”

These and other actions specifically focused on addressing climate change and promoting clean energy have exceeded the following Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund endorsement criteria:

• Does the candidate have a track record supporting clean energy and climate policies?
• Has the candidate utilized social media or been quoted by media expressing support for clean energy and climate change policies?
• Does the candidate’s website provide a statement in support of clean energy or climate change or list clean energy or climate action policies as a priority?

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Action Fund (SACE Action Fund), the political arm of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, is a non-partisan, nonprofit (c4) organization striving to make clean energy solutions a top priority for our region’s elected leaders. SACE Action Fund engages in public education, legislative action, and electoral accountability here in the Southeast. Learn more at www.cleanenergyactionfund.org.