As the former director of Washington State’s Department of Revenue, Suzan DelBene recognizes that addressing climate change presents an opportunity to boost the economy by developing industries for renewable energy and other clean technologies. She supports extending incentives for renewable energy and ending taxpayer-funded subsidies to big fossil fuel corporations.
DelBene has a strong business background, working at Microsoft, helping found drugstore.com, and heading the start-up company Nimble Technology. Throughout her successful business career, DelBene managed projects focused on innovation in technology and economic development.
DelBene is proud of the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and promises to advocate for land conservation and preservation efforts in Congress. She will also support all safeguards to keep America’s air and water clean and healthy. In addition, she will support efforts to conserve water and energy.
DelBene takes the U.S. House seat previously held by environmental champion Jay Inslee, who has a lifetime score of 92% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard through 2011 and is leading in the race to become Washington’s next Governor.
In her own words:
"Climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, our economy and our children – indeed, to the future of this planet – and we need to address it now. But the issue isn’t just a crisis, it’s an opportunity. With our strong foundation of an educated workforce, advanced manufacturing and a growing technology industry, the 1st Congressional District can be a leader in the emerging green economy. I will fight for increased investments and policies to spur innovation and research in clean, renewable energy, storage and a modern transmission infrastructure."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire