We Are Climate Hawks
We're seeking to elect leaders willing to take on the greatest challenge facing the next few generations of humanity. Too many Democratic politicians consider climate to be just another issue bubbling below the surface of top priorities, and too many advocates are willing to excuse Democratic politicians who tout their states' coal and oil resources. We need aggressive, progressive champions of climate justice—climate hawks.
The Republican Party is so deeply entrenched in denying the existence of climate change and protecting the fossil-fuel industry that if a Republican climate hawk were to emerge, we would look hard at a Republican's willingness to buck leadership as well as the Republican's position on climate.
We work to engage and educate voters, advocate on climate change in general election contests, and back climate hawks in Democratic primaries. We engage and train younger climate hawks interested in running for office. And we work on campaigns to mobilize the American people and our elected officials to act aggressively to end greenhouse pollution and build a renewably powered, just society that is resilient to the threats of a changing climate.
RL Miller is the President of Climate Hawks Vote Political Action, the Climate Hawks Vote Super PAC. RL is the elected chair of California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus. RL is an active climate blogger and organizer. Past work has included exposing the politics of climate denial and opposing fracking for oil in California, as well as advocacy and organizing on behalf of clean-economy legislation. RL earned high honors in political science at UCSD for writing a thesis on coal exports, and a law degree from UC Davis.
Brad Johnson is the Executive Director of Climate Hawks Vote Civic Action, the c(4) arm of Climate Hawks Vote. In recent years, he was the campaign manager of Forecast the Facts, where he launched the Don't Fund Evil and Climate Silence campaigns, which convinced dozens of companies to stop funding the Heartland Institute and compelled the 2012 presidential candidates to engage on climate, respectively. He previously served as the editor of ThinkProgress Green. He has a master's degree in geosciences from MIT and majored in physics and mathematics at Amherst College.
Senior Strategist Hunter Cutting is a veteran political director and writer who has written extensively on climate change, social justice, media, and communications; much of his current work is featured on the Huffington Post. He has served as legislative aide in the House of Representatives and has directed electoral campaigns in swing districts such as Peoria, Illinois and Riverside, California. Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley.
Board of Directors:
Richard Graves, Ethical Electric
Beka Economopoulos, NotAnAlternative, The Natural History Museum
Bill McKibben, 350.org
Lydia Avila, Energy Action Coalition
Cathy Albisa, National Economic & Social Rights Initiative
Jigar Shah, founder of SunEdison and author of Creating Climate Wealth
Lori DeMersseman, Democratic Sociable
Harris aims to be green 'champion' -- just like Boxer, E&E Publishing, February 2016
Maryland Attorney General Suggests His Office May Investigate Exxon, Too, Inside Climate, February 2016
Will Republicans seek to undermine Paris agreement? Scientific American, January 2016
Exxon probe gets another proponent: The Los Angeles Democratic Party, Inside Climate, January 2016
Climate hawks to Department of Justice: It's time to prosecute Exxon, Good, November 2015
California Attorney General urged to investigate Exxon over climate, Inside Climate, November 2015
350,000 sign petition asking for federal probe of Exxon, Inside Climate, November 2015
Political activist stumps for environment, The Acorn, November 2015
Climate peacock Kelly Ayotte doesn't deserve our support, Red Green & Blue, October 2015
House Democrats press DOJ to investigate if Exxon broke the law with a climate change cover-up, Huffington Post, October 2015
The holes in Hillary's climate plan, Politico, July 2015
Hillary Clinton climate plan draws praise, skepticism from environmentalists, CBS News, July 2015
Prospective Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders scores high in new climate hawk ranking, Huffington Post, April 2015
Climate Hawks Vote swoops onto the election scene, Earth Island Journal, November 2014
How a superPAC on a shoestring is taking on Congress' climate apathy, Inside Climate, August 2014
Group tries to make climate change a winning wedge issue, Huffington Post, July 2014
Now climate hawks have their own super PAC, Grist, June 2014
Hatching our SuperPAC, The Hill, August 2013