|Terms||112th Congress Senate Candidate|
Leadership: Congressman Mike Castle has served Delaware in many capacities, including as governor, and in his current position in the House of Representatives Throughout that time he’s shown a true commitment to ocean and environmental conservation, and Ocean Champions is proud to endorse him as he runs for the Senate.
Congressman Castle recognizes that greenhouse gasses and other pollutants are changing the environment, and has worked to improve ocean, air and fresh water quality. Many are aware that he was one of only eight Republicans to vote for the Waxman-Markey climate bill. This was a courageous decision, and Castle has continued to be a vocal proponent of alternative energy development. He knows greenhouse gasses are impacting our oceans too, and was one of just eighteen Republicans to vote for a Resolution recognizing the need to study and address ocean acidification. He voted to pass the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control bill to improve coastal water quality, and consistently supports strengthening the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Showing the rare ability to plan for and mitigate disasters, he led a House effort to create a Delaware River and Bay Oil Spill prevention and response organization.
In addition to fighting existing problems, Congressman Castle is working to create a new energy future. He supported a law requiring increased use of non-corn materials like switchgrass and sourghum to enhance biofuel production, and has long been a champion of offshore wind development. Congressman Castle also supports legislation requiring electric utilities to produce 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2020. While working to develop alternatives, the Senate candidate knows we can make an immediate impact through increased efficiency. He supported the first increase in automobile fuel efficiency standards since 1975, and helped pass a law requiring higher energy efficiency for buildings and appliances.
Congressman Castle’s experience, dedication and commitment to a future that includes a healthy environment and a thriving economy make him the best choice to serve his state as Senator.