To the Editor: Andrews is right on the issues

To the Editor:

I’ve been talking to a lot of voters this month – rural and urban, wealthy and poor, women and men, younger and... wiser, in the White Mountains and down on the Seacoast. It seems to me that no political challenge elicits a more unified response from New Hampshirites of diverse backgrounds than the existential threat to our air and water, our public lands, and the biodiversity that we share them with. It’s an observation that fills me with great pride for my beautiful state and the people who love it. And it’s a value and a priority that we need to demand in our elected officials. Naomi Andrews is uniquely qualified to advance an aggressive legislative agenda that pushes back against Trump Administration environmental abuses. Andrews will advocate for the planet from her first day in office.

With the facts at hand in 2018, with current Legislative and Executive branch leadership doubling down on fossil fuel extraction, we don’t have time for a Congressional learning curve. We need a proven and confident champion of our natural world with a.) the experiential knowledge of how the House of Representatives operates, b.) the established relationships to work across offices and political aisles, and c.) the connective network throughout our large district to amplify and address local concerns.

Andrews is the only candidates in this race with a clear, coherent, and forward-looking clean energy transition plan to help restore U.S. climate change leadership on the world stage.

Andrews is a passionate, life-long advocate for social justice issues and an outspoken environmentalist. The fight to reverse our industrial role in warming and drying the planet harnesses both strands of her longtime activism. We know that the greatest and deadliest costs of climate change are borne by the poor - look no further than the aftermath of Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, or Maria.

Andrews also understands that the political tension between clean, renewable energy production and prioritizing middle class jobs is an artificial one. With the right federal support, (re-)educational opportunities, and training structures, a 21st century American economy that leads the way on sustainable energy for all will bring many jobs along with it – and healthier ones at that.

As Carol Shea-Porter’s Chief of Staff, Andrews has been at the frontlines of our Congresswoman’s service on the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. The Coalition promotes clean energy technology innovation, domestic manufacturing, renewable energy resource development, and the growth of green collar jobs “to help arrest global warming and protect our nation’s clean air, water and natural environment.”

Shea-Porter scored a perfect 100% for her 2017 voting record with the League of Conservation Voters, and has earned a lifetime score of 97%. When Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords over a year ago, she didn’t hesitate to loudly condemn his decision, nor has she faltered to call out abuses and secrecy within the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior, among others. Andrews’ capacity to effectively continue New Hampshire’s proud Congressional leadership in defense of our planet is simply unmatched.

Many of those voters I’ve been talking with have pointed out that “there is no Planet B.” Our environment can’t afford to wait any longer for political leadership that is as alarmed as the rest of us by how off-course we are in preventing the gravest impacts of climate change. New Hampshire needs Naomi. Learn more at and please vote for Naomi Andrews on Sept. 11.

Reid Hamel, Ph.D, Epping

Letter Originally Published in: Fosters

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