JUNE 1, 2019

David Turnbull,

With Sen. Booker signing No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge, all eyes now on VP Biden

Today, at the California Democratic Party Convention, Senator Cory Booker became the 16th of 23 major Democratic candidates for President to sign the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, after Senator Kamala Harris signed the pledge earlier in the day at the same convention. In response, David Turnbull, Strategic Communications Director with Oil Change U.S., released the following statement:

“We applaud Senator Booker for taking this important step to reject the influence of the fossil fuel industry. He’s clearly seeing that Americans want a leader who will stand with them, and not the fossil fuel industry. We look forward to hearing more from Senator Booker on his plans to stand up to the industry further with a robust climate plan that works to keep fossil fuels in the ground.

“With nine of the top ten polling candidates having signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, all eyes are now on Joe Biden. He has resisted signing the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, instead suggesting walking a ‘middle ground’ on climate. There is simply no middle ground between the interests of our communities and the interests of the fossil fuel industry intent upon destroying our climate. Vice President Biden has to choose, and quickly, what side he wants to be on or he will be left behind.”


Notes for editors:

  • Earlier in the day, Senator Kamala Harris also signed the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. See our statement responding to that news here:
  • 16 out of the 23 major Democratic party candidates for president have now taken the No Fossil Fuel Money pledge, including 9 of the top 10 polling candidates according to the Real Clear Politics average of major national polls.
  • For a full listing of No Fossil Fuel Money pledge signers in the presidential race, see:
  • Taking the pledge means that a politician or candidate’s campaign will adopt a policy to not knowingly accept any contributions over $200 from the PACs, lobbyists, or executives of fossil fuel companies — companies whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution, or sale of oil, gas, or coal. Over 1,500 candidates nationwide and 49 sitting members of Congress have taken the pledge. See more at:

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