Response of Paula Jean Swearengin

2020 Candidate Questionnaire on Climate Energy & the Environment


First Paula Jean

Last  Swearengin

Office campaigning for U.S. Senate, WV


Question #1

Is reducing human-induced climate change a priority for you?  Why?

Yes–because I love my kids and grandkids, and I want to leave them a better world, not leave them
having to clean up a mess. We can’t keep piling costs onto our kids and grandkids. It’s irresponsible.

Question #2

What is your position on the much discussed Appalachian Petrochemical Storage Hub?

Oppose. West Virginians don’t need to deal with more risks to our health, more attacks on our property
rights, and more boom-bust industry that leaves us worse off than before. Any politician who supports
the project is getting paid in campaign donations from the executives who stand to benefit.


Question #3

What is your position on the barge docking station below Marietta that will bring fracking waste to the Mid-Ohio Valley?


Oppose. We don’t need to be made into a dumping ground for the rest of the country just because our
politicians are willing to sell themselves for campaign donations. I will never take corporate PAC money.
Additionally, I’ll fight to make sure the ingredients in frack waste must be disclosed.


Question #4

Many corporations have set carbon reduction goals and require access to sustainable energy sources in order for them to locate in a state.  Do you think the MOV needs to better position itself to attract such businesses? Explain what you would propose to convince these corporations we are serious about working with them to reduce their carbon footprint. 


Yes. We must invest in transitioning from an energy producing state to a sustainable energy producing
state. More jobs are created per dollar by investments in renewable energy. And more jobs will be
created if companies can meet their goals while locating here. Investing in renewables is a win-win.

Question #5

The State of Pennsylvania has an Environmental Rights amendment in its constitution that reads: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment. Our state’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. “Would you approve adding such an amendment to our state constitution?


Yes. However, I am running for federal office. I would support such a thing at the federal level, in