Andrew Romanoff’s Answers to Our Questions
What office are you running for, and in which party?
Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Colorado
Do you support a Green New Deal that ends fossil fuels and provides an immediate and just transition to 100% renewable energy? Explain what that means to you.
I am the leading progressive candidate in the race and the only one of the front runners to have signed the No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge and Sunrise’s Green New Deal Pledge.
How will you center racial, economic and social justice in your climate policies?
I entered the Democratic primary in February 2019 as a proponent of the Green New Deal and I continue to support the racial, economic, and social justice principles at the core of this plan. Accordingly, I have been mentioning not just displaced fossil fuel workers when I discuss a just transition to a clean energy economy, but also the need to prioritize frontline communities–often communities of color or working class neighborhoods–as we fight the climate crisis.
Do you support a moratorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines, fracked gas and oil, compressor stations and coal power plants? Please tell us with specifics what you’d do, if elected to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and keep fossil fuels in the ground?
In addition to being a resolute supporter of the Green New Deal, my policy platform includes a ban on fracking and a call to end construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure.
Do you support investigation of the fossil fuel industry’s role in causing climate change, blocking climate action, and misleading the public? If so, do you have plans for a process to hold the industry financially accountable for that role and related harms?
Yes. Much like the tobacco industry, the fossil fuel industry hid the facts about its complicity in a crisis that affects all Americans and it should be held accountable. This includes but is not limited to congressional hearings and pressure in addition to independent civil litigation and criminal prosecution if appropriate.
Do you pledge to reject any contributions from the fossil fuel industry, as defined by the “No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge”?
Do you support plans to create an immigration policy that allows a path to citizenship for undocumented people?
Yes. I have long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented people.
What are your specific plans on addressing the refugees and other migrants at the US borders?
As Colorado’s next senator, I will champion comprehensive immigration reform. Such reform should reduce current backlogs; provide clear and fair rules for employers and employees; protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees; and establish a swift and sensible process to bring millions of undocumented immigrants out of the shadows. Those who are willing to work hard, pay taxes, and obey the law should be able to achieve legal status and citizenship, instead of being forced to wait for decades on end or being treated like criminals.
How do you see climate change impacting mass migrations and what are your plans to address the increase in refugees as a result of the climate crisis.
Poverty, conflict, and climate change will continue to drive global migration. Having lived in Central America, worked in Africa, and traveled extensively throughout the world, I understand the importance of international aid and diplomacy. As Colorado’s next senator, I will help rebuild the relationships this administration has so badly damaged.
What are your plans for criminal justice reform?
The biases of the criminal justice system are obvious and long overdue for reform. As U.S. Senator I will work to eliminate the discrimination on the basis of race and wealth that distorts our criminal justice system, including but not limited to advocating for the end of cash bail, decriminalizing marijuana, and ending the use of prison for low-level, non-violent offenses.
Do you support a worker’s right to unionize?
Do you support a $15/hour minimum wage?
How do you plan to address the resurgence of white supremacy in the public discourse? Please tell us your plan to respond to white nationalist terrorist acts in this country?
My commitment to liberty and justice and the fight against white supremacy is long and enduring. In 1987, I moved to Montgomery, Alabama to work for the Southern Poverty Law Center. I joined the Center’s Klanwatch Project, researching Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi activities around the country and producing intelligence reports for law-enforcement officials. I am committed to using my authority as U.S. Senator to treat white supremacists and nationalists as the terrorists they are and I will pressure the executive branch to investigate and prosecute them as such. I will also champion appropriate legislation needed to confront and defeat this domestic terrorist threat.
What is your plan to reduce gun violence and mass shootings?
See entire plan on web site
Do you support the payment of reparations and/or related structural adjustment to remunerate the descendants of enslaved African Americans to addressing America’s history of codified and systemic racism?
Do you support the return of unceded lands and territory or related royalties to Indigenous Populations as a form of redress for America’s history of codified and systemic racism?
Yes. As a form of redress for America’s history of codified and systemic racism I support royalties related to unceded lands to Indigenous Populations.
Do you support Medicare for All?
Yes. I am the only front runner in my race to support Medicare for All and I have supported it since I declared my candidacy.
Do you support a woman’s right to choose?
Would you be interested in doing a Facebook live event with 350 Action staff and local leaders?
Our goal is to endorse “climate progressives” who are strong on climate and share our progressive vision on other issues too. Please list other progressive endorsements your campaign has received so far.
I am endorsed by Flip the Senate, Blue America, and over 300 local and state officials, current and former.