Candidate for Congress Calls Out Opponent Regarding Stance on Climate Change

A candidate for Congress is calling out his opponent for what he says is a disregard for climate change.

Democrat Richard Reichart stood alongside supporters Thursday at the Midland Beach Boardwalk.

He says incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan is not doing enough to cut back on fossil fuel reliance.

Reichart says Donovan voted against reducing carbon emissions five times since entering office.

He says if elected, he'll focus on sustainability.

"I believe in the environment and taking care of the environment. I believe in green technology. I believe in promoting green technology and I think that's something that is very important to the growth of our country," Reichart said.

A statement, sent to NY1 from Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman with Donovan's office, said, "As Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Congressman Donovan is leading the fight to protect us from natural disasters. He's working closely with the Army Corps to ensure the seawall is on schedule, and just last week, he was in Atlanta at the Center for Disease Control Center to tackle the Zika response effort. The bills Mr. Reichart is referencing would have increased people's electric bills and weakened our energy grid. If that is what he is advocating, he is totally out of touch with everyday New Yorkers." 


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