January 23, 2024

Collin Rees,
Sam Bernhardt,

National Environmental Groups Endorse Rep. Summer Lee’s Re-Election to Congress
Rep. Lee has championed climate justice initiatives throughout her time in Congress

WASHINGTON — A group of national environmental advocacy organizations is endorsing Rep. Summer Lee’s (PA-12) reelection campaign. Oil Change U.S., Food & Water Action, Center for Biological Diversity Action, and Zero Hour spoke out in support of Rep. Lee ahead of a primary opponent. 

Throughout her political career, Rep. Lee has been a strong voice for climate action, working to keep fracking wells out of Allegheny County, and pushing to get off fossil fuels nationally. She is one of the only members of Congress with fracking in their district to call for a ban on the environmentally destructive form of drilling. 

Lee faces a corporate- and Republican-funded opponent who has shown no political leadership or vision, consistently aligning herself with the powerful at the expense of working people and the environment. 

Collin Rees, Political Director at Oil Change U.S., said: 
“Rep. Summer Lee is an incredible champion for bold climate and environmental justice who prioritizes the needs of working people over polluters. Her dedication to standing up to deadly big-money interests — from the oil and gas industry to the military industrial complex — makes her one of the best members of Congress and a crucial voice for democracy. We are proud to support Rep. Lee’s campaign for Pennsylvania’s 12th District.” 

Sam Bernhardt, Political Director at Food & Water Action, said: 
“We’ve made a lot of progress cleaning up Allegheny County’s water and air in the past years, and some of those victories have been driven by the job that Summer Lee has done advocating for environmental and climate justice. There’s still a lot of work to be done in the fight for environmental justice. We know we can win if we send Summer Lee back to Congress.”

Stephanie Kurose, Northeast Political Director at Center for Biological Diversity Action, said:
“Summer Lee has proven she is willing to stand up to big polluters and fight for a cleaner, safer world for us all. We need more progressive champions like Summer in Congress. We’re very proud to endorse her.”

Zanagee Artis, Executive Director at Zero Hour, said: 
“Summer Lee is a champion for environmental justice and has always fought for communities most impacted by pollution. Pennsylvania’s 12th district deserves an advocate like Summer Lee who will stand up to the fossil fuel industry. She is an ally to the youth and we are proud to endorse her for re-election.”


Oil Change U.S. is a national organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels, supporting real climate leadership, and building a just, equitable, and renewable energy future in the United States. Oil Change U.S. is one of several organizations that coordinates the national No Fossil Fuel Money pledge. For more information, please visit

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