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What the FERC? Candidates favor FREC!

What the FERC? Candidates favor FREC!


Howie Hawkins, Bernie Sanders, Ian Schlakman, Joe Sestak and Elizabeth Warren Support Replacing FERC with a Federal Renewable Energy Commission

Thus far Presidential candidates, Howie Hawkins (Green), Bernie Sanders (Democrat), Ian Schlakman (Green), Joe Sestak (Democrat) and Elizabeth Warren (Democrat), have come out in favor of replacing FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, with FREC, the Federal Renewable Energy Commission. All of the Democratic, Green, and Libertarian Presidential contenders, as well as Republican Presidential contenders William Wild and Joe Walsh, were contacted with this request.

Prior to this outreach, over 215 local, state, regional and national organizations endorsed a statement initiated by BXE that urged “elected officials, media outlets, community and religious leaders and all people of good will to join us in our public call for FERC to be replaced by FREC.”

Howie Hawkins wrote that he would “reorganize the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), now captured by the fossil fuel industry, into the Federal Renewable Energy Commission (FREC) with the new mission of enabling a rapid shift to clean renewable energy.”

Bernie Sanders’ campaign sent this statement of support:

“Senator Sanders is on board. As part of his Green New Deal he will focus the federal government’s resources on transitioning to a 100 percent clean energy economy. This will require reorganizing the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Energy Information Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Federal Emergency Management Agency to prepare for the clean energy economy and climate impacts and to eliminate or transition resources and offices historically used to facilitate fossil fuel extraction, transportation, refining, and use.”

Joe Sestak’s campaign wrote to us:

“Admiral Sestak is happy to say ‘yes’ to your request to support a Federal Renewable Energy Commission to replace the current FERC.”

Elizabeth Warren said this in her 100% Clean Energy for America document released in early September:

“Create a Federal Renewable Energy Commission. I’ll work with Congress to overhaul the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which is tasked with regulating the U.S. electrical grid, replacing it instead with a Federal Renewable Energy Commission. The revised commission’s mission will be to reduce greenhouse gas pollution — and we’ll slam shut the revolving door with industry to ensure it is responsive not to fossil fuel interests but to our communities.”

“Transforming FERC into FREC is one way that presidential candidates can concretize their climate platforms,” said BXE leader Ted Glick. “We hope other candidates will also support our campaign, which will be setting out on a road show in October to bring the issue to communities on the front lines of fighting fracked gas infrastructure.”


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