In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Representative Val Demings, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in Florida. Also in this series, we profile Senator Marco Rubio, the incumbent Republican U.S. Senator in Florida running for re-election.Guest Blog | September 29, 2022 | Climate Change, Elections, Energy Policy, Florida
This blog post was written by Brady Watson, former Civic Engagement Coordinator for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
This post is part of a series examining where 2022 candidates running for public offices in the Southeast stand on key energy and climate issues. Note: The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites, and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools.
In this blog post, we examine the policies and positions of Representative Val Demings, the Democratic candidate running for U.S. Senate in Florida. Also in this series, we profile Senator Marco Rubio, the incumbent Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Florida. Election Day is November 8, 2022, and also features an election for Governor in the state of Florida between Democratic candidate Representative Charlie Crist and the Republican incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis.
Val Demings grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. She became a social worker, and then a police officer in the city of Orlando. She served 27 years in the department and became chief in 2007. She was elected to Congress in 2016.
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Representative Demings opposed efforts by President Trump to weaken the Clean Power Plan. She also introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act to increase solar energy manufacturing, and voted for the Inflation Reduction Act which includes nearly $370 billion in clean energy investments.
Representative Demings opposed former President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord. She also supported the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill, which includes funding for building climate change-resistant infrastructure in Florida.
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Energy Equity and Energy Burden
Rep. Demings voted for the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes funding for low-income residential energy efficiency and clean energy programs.
High-Risk Energy: Coal, Nuclear, Oil, Gas
Congresswoman Demings opposed President Trump’s plan to expand offshore oil drilling in 2018.
The voter registration deadline for the U.S. Senate election in Florida is October 11, and early voting varies by location. Election Day for the 2022 midterms will be held on November 8, 2022. Find voting information in Florida.
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