The Sustainable Politician Project is a plan to help American voters find eco-friendly politicians that support environmental causes, initiatives, and legislation. They publish reviews of “green” federal-level congress candidates 3 days a week, at least 2 weeks before each state’s primary election. One review for each state includes “green” candidates, their party, past experience, and commitment to environmentalism.
They believe that voting is your right and responsibility as an American citizen.
Indiana has a partially open primary. This means that technically you should vote for the party which you are intending to vote for in the general election, or who you voted for in the last election. It gets tricky though due to secret balloting, no one will know if you vote across party lines. Basically, this rule is unenforceable due to the very nature of the voting process. This year, Indiana’s election is on May 8th, so it’s coming up fast.
Indiana is also a mostly rural state with a heavy emphasis on agriculture and coal. Moving sustainable energy into agriculture is super important (and going to be pretty difficult) just because of all of the greenhouse gas emissions produced by cows alone. Converting the energy that farms use from fossil fuels to more natural options will be a big win for the environment.
Choice for District 6: Lane Siekman
Family farms, renewable energy, and rural economy
Lane Siekman is an innovator. He sees opportunities for growth in sustainable energy in rural district 6 and plans on incorporating the farmers and families of the area to implement new, sustainable technology. He’s particularly interested in “innovative rural economic development initiatives, including investments in farm-to-school and farm-to-table initiatives; agri-tourism programs; school gardens; large scale biomass-fired electric plants; shared agricultural processing and storage facilities; and anaerobic digesters to process cow manure into methane gas.” Siekman also believes in fair trade deals to enlist our national farmers in helping to rebuild America’s agriculture sector through sustainability and land conservation and stewardship.
Lane Siekman has developed a unique philosophy as a candidate in a rural district. He knows that his constituents need support from the rest of the country, yet he also appreciated the environmental factors that play into industrial agriculture. He is working towards uniting the two in a partnership that will benefit the Earth and the citizens of District 6.