June 11, 2018

350 Action and 350 Colorado Action Endorse ‘Fossil-Free’ Candidates in the Centennial State

Boulder, Colorado — Today 350 Action, a national organization working to change the politics of climate change, and 350 Colorado Action endorsed Levi Tillemann (CO-06) for U.S. Congress, Joe Salazar for State Attorney General, and Bernie Douthit for State Treasurer. All three candidates have refused to take money from the fossil fuel industry and support a moratorium on new pipelines and other fossil fuel projects. Read responses to 350 Action’s candidate questionnaire from Tillemann, Salazar, and Douthit below.

“Tillemann, Salazar and Douthit have shown they’re ready to take real climate action for Colorado,” said 350 Action Executive Director May Boeve. “The state is already seeing the impacts of climate change, from drought to shorter and warmer winters. Meanwhile, the fossil fuel industry continues put profits over people, drilling and fracking near homes and schools, while the planet suffers. To tackle the climate crisis, Coloradans need candidates who are willing to say ‘no’ to new fossil fuel projects and move us toward a 100% renewable energy economy.”

350CO Action is proud to endorse Salazar, Tillemann, Douthit and additionally Mark Williams for CO-02,” said 350 Colorado Action Board Member  Micah Parkin. “All of these candidates are strong advocates for climate action, having all endorsed the Colorado People’s Climate Justice Platform and the Colorado Rising ballot initiative for safer setbacks from fracking. Among other progressive policy positions, they stand for a rapid transition off fossil fuels to 100% clean renewable energy by 2035, ending fossil fuel subsidies, divesting public funds from fossil fuels, and they’ve pledged to not take money from the fossil fuel industry.”

In his questionnaire, Tillemann said he would “move to impose a national moratorium on any new fossil fuel projects including all fracking.” He added, “I will propose and co-sponsor legislation that will hold companies and environmental actors accountable. And I will work with community organizations and my colleagues in Congress to fight the environmental policy rollbacks of the Trump administration.”

Salazar, as a state representative, has brought several pieces of legislation aimed at holding the fossil fuel industry accountable for pollution. He traveled to Standing Rock in support of the water protectors resisting the Dakota Access pipeline. If elected state attorney general, he said, “I will continue my strong stances against the industry and start bringing lawsuits for the harm it has caused throughout the state.”

In his bid for state treasurer, Douthit said, “I will move the State’s money out of Wells Fargo and move the State’s Pension investments out of Oil and Gas stocks as soon as possible.” He added, “I also plan to introduce legislation that calls for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in renewable energy.”


Levi Tillemann’s questionnaire responses


Joe Salazar’s questionnaire responses


Bernie Douthit’s questionnaire responses


350 Action is empowering voters across the country to make a direct impact in the most important climate races in the nation. This year, 350 Action has endorsed U.S. congressional candidates Deb Haaland (NM-1), Jess King (PA-11), Kaniela Ing (HI-1), Amy Vilela (NV-4), Katie Wilson (NY-21), Dana Balter (NY-24), and Thomas Heckroth (IA-1), U.S. Senate candidate Kevin de León (D-CA), lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Gayle McLaughlin (I-CA), and gubernatorial candidates Cynthia Nixon (D-NY), Ben Jealous (D-MD), Cathy Glasson (D-IA), Andrew Gillum (D-FL), and Bob Massie (D-MA).




Contact: Dani Heffernan, dani@350action.org, +1 (305) 992-1544

350 Action is empowering voters across the country to make a direct impact in the most important climate races in the nation. From local elections that can determine the fate of proposed fossil fuel projects, to House races which could help wrestle control of Congress back from climate deniers and oil industry puppets, 350 Action is lifting up climate progressive candidates. Find out more about our work at www.350action.org.