Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | 2016 Elections


NASA and the nation's leading scientific organizations say we are causing climate change. In addition to the country's top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, leading companies in the oil industry (such as Shell and British Petroleum), physicist Stephen Hawking, and pretty much all credible scientists say pollution is causing the planet to get warmer. In addition, hundreds of other countries on this planet have reached the same conclusions about climate change. Despite the already observable effects of climate change and the overwhelming consensus among credible organizations that say climate change already happening, a shockingly large portion of the population believes climate change is a 'hoax' or a 'liberal conspiracy'. Much of this ignorance is propagated by organizations with ties to fossil fuels, and it is unacceptable that some leaders in Congress are facilitating this spread of misinformation for political reasons.

Representatives for Alabama in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve climate change. Let's see where your representatives in Congress stand on this issue. You can enter a location to find your representative in the House.

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In Alabama, several incumbents and candidates for congress are standing in the way of progress on the global warming problem due to ignorance, denial, or simple selfishness. Senate 2016
Richard Shelby, Republican incumbent Senator in Alabama, is an active climate change denier. He stands against efforts to make progress on climate change, he denies that global warming is a real issue, and he disregards the science and evidence that shows climate change is a real problem that needs to be solved. His opponent in 2016, Ron Crumpton, is not very active on the subject, but has stated that he would support the United States' participation in the Paris agreement on Climate change. Richard Shelby's terrible record on climate change has earned him a spot on the President's denier list. A vote for him is a vote for ignorance.
House 2016
District 1: Bradley Byrne is the representative for this district, and nobody is opposing him in 2016 so he will continue to represent district 1 in Alabama. He is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change, and supports efforts to cut funding for environmental protection.
District 2: Martha Roby is the representative for district 2 in Alabama. She is against efforts to fight climate change in Congress, against initiatives to develop clean power, and against efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Nathan Mathis is the Democratic candidate, running without a strong position on climate change or much of a chance of winning in this heavily Republican district, unfortunately.
District 3: Representative Mike Rogers is the incumbent in this district. Mike Rogers does not support regulating greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. Jesse Smith is challenging for this seat - he says he is a supporter of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will stand with those fighting climate change in Congress.
District 4: Rep. Robert Aderholt represents district 4 in Alabama - he is a denier of climate change and a non-scientist promoting his own thoughts on the subject while blocking progress on the issue. He is running unopposed in 2016.
District 5: Rep. Mo Brooks also thinks the experts and scientists are wrong on climate change, and advocates an anti-science position in Congress. He has made the President's climate change denier list. Will Boyd is challenging for the district 5 seat in 2016, saying he supports green jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"I'm approaching the issue with a healthy degree of skepticism. If the evidence is there to prove it, then so be it." - Mo Brooks, on Climate Change
District 6: Gary Palmer, Republican representative in the House for district 6, routinely spews false claims about global warming science in order to continue to foster ignorance on the subject.  He has claimed that scientists are manipulating data to falsify global warming evidence, an outright incorrect and misleading claim that has been disproven. David Putman is challenging him as a Democrat in 2016 without putting climate change on his campaign issue list.
District 7: Democratic representative Terri Sewell in district 7 has a mixed record on the environment. She is running unopposed in 2016 - she does NOT support regulating greenhouse gas emissions, which puts her on the wrong side of the history on climate change.
In the near future, history will show these candidates as having been wrong on climate change. Please do not make your vote count towards the wrong side of history.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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