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 Arizona 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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Arizona has the opportunity to send representatives to Congress who are willing to move forward and to help solve this problem.

For the Senate in 2016, Ann Kirkpatrick challenging John McCain for his Senate seat. Her campaign website says she " believes we must fight global climate change and reduce our carbon footprint before it is too late." John McCain epitomizes weak leadership on climate change, saying "I just leave the issue alone because I don’t see a way through it."

Arizona has several House representatives on the President's climate change denier list. David Schweikert, Trent Franks, and Paul Gosar are all showing their cards as ignorant on climate change. Also on the list is Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who thinks there is climate change but is "skeptical about is what human activity has to do with it."

Of course, the problem with this skepticism is that as far a science is concerned, climate change and global warming are real, and human activity is causing it. What Ducey is calling skepticism regarding climate change equates better to burying one's head in the sand.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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