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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | 2016 Elections

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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 Alaska 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 Alaska, where fossil fuels factor are a big factor in the economy, the evidence of climate change is alarming and threatening. Ice caps are melting, permafrost is thawing, and these changes may have significant impacts on the lives of people in Alaska.

In the 2016 Senate race, Senator Lisa Murkowski is defending her seat. She is one of the few Republicans to acknowledge that climate change is real, and she says she is supportive of efforts to curb the global warming problem. She has said "It doesn’t make sense to argue about how much global warming is caused by man — whether it's 5% or 50%. The best approach is to have a no-regrets policy".

In the House, Rep. Don Young is up for election in 2016. He is an active climate change denier, and calls climate change a hoax.

Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska is not up for election in 2016. Unforunately, he is also an active denier of climate change, claiming there is no consensus on the cause of climate change.

We call 97% of the scientific community a consensus. If that's a hoax, it's a pretty good one.


See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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