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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 Arkansas 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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Arkansas has deep roots in fossil fuels, and trends against sending representatives to Congress who are willing to move forward and to help solve this problem.

In 2016, John Boozman is up for election in Arkansas. He is on the President's list of active climate change deniers, and has said "Well I think that we've got perhaps climate change going on. The question is what's causing it. Is man causing it, or, you know, is this a cycle that happens throughout the years, throughout the ages". Of course, 97% of scientists are saying humans are causing climate change, so John Boozman can question all he wants, but he is ignoring the answer because it's not what he wants to hear.

Connor Eldridge is the Democratic candidate for Arkansas Senate in 2016. He is not too vocal on the climate change issue. Frank Gilbert and Jason Tate are also longshots running with no apparent support for climate change measures.

In the House, Rep. Rick Crawford is another member of congress from Arkansas on the President's climate change denier list. He's another Republican non-scientist blocking progress and stating that there is not sound science on climate change. He is running against Mark West, another climate change denier.

In District 2, Dianne Curry is running against French Hill, an anti-environment Republican. On the global warming problem, Dianne Curry says "Carbon change is a concern with our environment. I do like the initiative," said Curry. "We definitely want to take our time and really analyze what needs to happen with that. Of course, I look at the coal plant here in Arkansas, so it would definitely be an impact." Chris Hayes, Mathew Wescott, and Charles Neely are also running for this seat with unknown positions on climate change.

In District 3, Steve Womack is an anti-environment Republican incumbent running against Steve Isaacson a Libertarian, also an ant-environment candidate. In District 4, Bruce Westerman is the Republican candidate who believes climate change is caused by humans, but is not willing to do anything about it. Also running is Kerry Hicks, a climate change denier.


See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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