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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 California 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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Senate 2016

In 2016, voters will choose a replacement for Barbara Boxer in the Senate. The primaries weeded out some candidates against climate change efforts, leaving 2 Democrats. Kamala Harris (California Attorney General) is a Democratic candidate running on the issue, and promising to provide leadership on climate change. Rep. Loretta Sanchez is also putting climate change forward as an issue in her campaign for the Senate.

House 2016

California, as a very progressive state, sends quite a few representatives to congress who are unwilling to move forward and address climate change.

District 1: Doug LaMalfa represents California's first district with a position against efforts to solve climate change. Jim Reed is challenging as a Democrat in this Republican district in 2016.  Candidate Jim Reed supports efforts to combat climate change.
"It's bad science. It's Al Gore. It's a naturally occurring cycle. You should look at the numbers." - Doug LaMalfa California District 1
District 2: Jared Huffman represents district 2; he is an advocate for climate change solutions and calls out climate change deniers in Congress. He is being challenged by Republican Dale Mensing in 2016. We could not find any evidence that Dale Mensing is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on climate change.
District 3: John Garamendi represents district three with a positive stance towards addressing climate change and supporting alternative energy and addressing climate change. In 2016 he is being challenged by Republican Eugene Cleek, who does not list climate change as an issue in his campaign website.
District 4: Tom McClintock, who represents this area to the east and south of Sacramento that includes Lake Tahoe, says the debate is not over on climate change. He thinks the conclusions of science are up for "debate". Tom McClintock is on the President's list of climate change deniers in Congress who are blocking progress on the issue. Bob Derlet, a doctor and environmentalist, is challenging McClintock for the district 4 seat in 2016 as a Democrat.  Bob Derlet views climate change as a real problem and includes addressing global warming in his campaigning.
We're all told of course the debate is over and that all the scientists agree... and as all of you know, that is succinctly not the case. - Tom McClintock
District 5: Mike Thompson represents district 5 with a positive stance towards combatting climate change. Republican Carlos Santamaria is challenging Thompson for the seat in 2016 - we are unsure if he is staying with the Republican party's anti-science stance on climate change.
District 6: Representative Doris Matsui for district 6 is a long-time advocate for climate change solutions. Bob Evans is challenging as a Republican - he says he does not believe humans are causing climate change and does not support efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in Congress.
District 7: Ami Bera represents district 7 which includes the Sacramento area. Her campaign website says she understands climate change is real and supports efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Scott Jones is challenging as a Republican - he says he supports clean energy, but has given unclear answers as to whether he supports curbing greenhouse gas emissions or the Paris agreement on climate change.
District 8: Paul Cook is the Republican representative for district 8. He does not believe humans cause climate change, and votes against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress, saying "These regulations are another example of this lawless administration side-stepping Congress and over-regulating the American economy." Rita Ramirez is challenging as a Democrat in favor of renewable energy vs. fossil fuels.
District 9: Jerry McNerney represents district 9 - he supports alternative energy and efforts to combat climate change in Congress. His opponent in 2016 is Tony Amador, who is against efforts to fight climate change and against the very existence of the environmental protection agency.
"Do we need The Environmental Protection Agency, a thorn in the side of business's attempting to create jobs in an ever challenging world?" - Tony Amador's Website
District 10: Jeff Denham represents district 10. He is on the President's list of climate change deniers for blocking progress in Congress on climate change, saying things like, "We don't have complete factual information yet." This Central California valley district has a chance to elect Michael Eggman, his opponent in 2016. Michael Eggman is a supporter of efforts on climate change and has the endorsement of several environmental groups who are notably opposed to Jeff Denham.
Some wouldn't view them as skeptics. Some would view them as the right side of the issue. We don't have complete factual information yet. From what I have seen the Earth has heated and cooled on its own for centuries. - Jeff Denham
District 11: Mark DeSaulnier is the incumbent, and he backs efforts to fight climate change in Congress. In 2016, he is being opposed by Roger Petersen, a Republican who does not include a statement mentioning climate change on his campaign website.
District 12: Nancy Pelosi needs no introduction. She represents district 12 with climate change on her agenda. Preston Picus is challenging Pelosi in 2016 with a grassroots campaign, but we are so far not able to confirm that climate change is on his agenda.
District 13: Barbara Lee is supporting efforts on climate change in Congress as the representative for this district. She is being challenged by Sue Caro, who does NOT think climate change is caused by humans, does NOT support efforts to curb CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions, saying, "There is no consensus among scientists."
District 14: Jackie Speier represents district 14, urging action on climate change. Angel Cardenas is challenging her as a Republican with no indication of breaking from the Republican party's position on this issue.
District 15: Eric Swalwell represents district 15 - he is a supporter of Obama's efforts to combat climate change. Danny Turner is challenging in 2016 for this seat as a Republican - he does not mention climate change as a campaign issue on his website, but he does say he supports alternative energy.
District 16: Jim Costa represents this district saying he supports efforts on climate change. He has a somewhat mixed record on voting on the issue. Johnny Tacherra is opposing as a Republican - he considers the EPA and other environmental agencies to be "'environmental' bureaucracies" which means climate change efforts do not have much of a chance of getting support from Johnny Tacherra.
District 17: Mike Honda, the representative for South Bay district 17, boasts on his website that he has "consistently stuck up for the environment in Congress, making sure that Americans can count on clean air and water wherever they live." He says he supports climate change efforts. Ro Khanna is also challenging as a Democrat in this district - he is also a supporter of efforts on the environment.
District 18: This San Francisco Bay Area district is represented by Anna Eshoo. Her website acknowledges that "Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing our nation and our planet. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, has stated with greater than 90 percent certainty that most of the observed increase in global temperatures since the mid-20th Century is due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases caused by human activities." She is a supporter of efforts to slow climate change in Congress. Richard Fox, her opponent in 2016, is not convinced climate change is caused by humans, and when asked about climate change, he has stated, "I think it would be best not to embark on taxation and regulation programs unless the problem was very clear."
District 19: District 19, which includes much of San Jose, is represented by Zoe Lofgren, and advocate for moving away from fossil fuels and a supporter of efforts on climate change. Republican G. Burt Lancaster is opposing in 2016; we've found no evidence he breaks with his party on being against efforts to fight climate change.
District 20: Sam Farr represents district 20 - he is retiring. Republican Casey Lucius is running and breaking with the Republican party on climate change, saying she is concerned about it and sides with Democrats on the issue. Jimmy Panetta is the Democrat looking to replace Farr in this district - he supports efforts to fight global warming/climate change in Congress.
District 21: This San Joaquin Valley district that is represented by David Valadao, who does not support efforts to fight climate change in Congress. Also running is Democrat Emilio Huerta. As far as we can tell, Emilio Huerta is not taking a strong position on climate change - we're not sure of his views on the subject.
District 22: Devin Nunes represents district 22 as a denier of the facts on climate change, making claims that scientists have doubts on the causes of climate change, and blocking progress in Congress on efforts to solve the problem. Louie Campos is challenging Nunes - he supports efforts aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accepts that humans are causing climate change.
However, scientists admit that they cannot be sure whether the Earth's temperature is rising due to cyclical warming and cooling processes, or whether and how much humans are influencing it. - Devin Nunes
District 23: Kevin McCarthy represents district 23 which includes the southern Sierra mountains and part of the Mojave desert. He's standing against efforts in Congress to combat climate change. Wendy Reed is challenging as a Democrat - she accepts the conclusions of scientists on climate change and supports federal efforts to fight the problem.
District 24: Lois Capps represents district 24, and is retiring. Salud Carbajal is running as a Democrat, and is including leadership on climate change in his campaign. He has the endorsement of environmental groups. Justin Fareed is running as a Republican, saying he supports renewable energy, but also supports fossil fuels, and we could find no evidence that he breaks with the Republican party on being against regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
District 25: Steve Knight represents district 25. While not denying climate change is real, he does not support federal efforts to fight the problem. He's stated that efforts California has put in place to fight greenhouse gas emissions "should not be replicated at the federal level." Bryan Caforio is challenging as a Democrat in 2016, and is a supporter of efforts to solve climate change. The Bryan Caforio website states, "We need a representative who believes in science, understands that climate change is a paramount threat to national security, and will stand up to dirty energy companies..."
District 26: Julia Brownley represents district 26 - she's a supporter of efforts on climate change and has the endorsement on conservation groups. Rafael Dagnesses, Republican, is challenging in 2016, with a position that he is not a scientist, he has doubts about the causes of climate change, and he does not support federal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 27: Judy Chu represents the 27th district with a view that supports climate change efforts on a federal level and globally. Republican Jack Orswell is challenging in 2016. His campaign website makes no reference to climate change and we can find no evidence he is breaking with his party's position against efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
District 28: Adam Schiff represents district 28 by favoring efforts to fight climate change. Lenore Solis is challenging as a Republican in this heavily Democratic district. We could not find any statements by Lenore Solis on climate change.
District 29: Tony Cardenas represents district 29 by supporting efforts on climate change in Congress. Democrat Richard Alarcon is also running.
District 30: Brad Sherman represents district 30 in the Western San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles county with a view that supports Congressional efforts on climate change. Mark Reed is challenging as a Republican. Mark Reed does not believe humans are causing climate change and his campaign website includes misinformation on the subject of climate change science.
District 31: Pete Aguilar represents this San Bernardino County district. He has the support of conservation groups and supports efforts to solve climate change. Challenging him is Paul Chabot, a Republican who stands with ignorance. Paul Chabot's campaign website says, "I do believe in climate change; however I do not believe that "man" is the sole reason, or reason at all, for the changes we see in our climate. I promise to faithfully monitor the science, unobstructed by radical extremists.
"I do believe in climate change; however I do not believe that "man" is the sole reason, or reason at all, for the changes we see in our climate. I promise to faithfully monitor the science, unobstructed by radical extremists." - Paul Chabot's website (district 31 candidate)
District 32: Grace Napolitano represents this district in Los Angeles County with a view that favors efforts to solve climate change. Roger Hernandez is challenging as a Democrat under weird circumstances. We believe he favors efforts on climate change as well.
District 33: Ted Lieu represents this coastal Los Angeles County district as a proponent of efforts to solve climate change. Kenneth Wright is challenging as a Republican breaking with his party on climate change. Although we could not find it on his website, we believe he's stated that he accepts climate change science and supports efforts to fight global warming.
District 34: Xavier Becerra represents the district by treating climate change as a threat and advocating for efforts to fight the problem. Adrienne Edwards is also challenging as a Democrat with a less clear position on climate change.
District 35: Norma Torres represents district 35 by advocating for California to take leadership on the climate change issue. Tyler Fischella is challenging in 2016 - his website does not mention climate change, and he has stated that he does not believe humans are causing climate change.
District 36: Raul Ruiz represents district 36. He has the support of environment groups who call him a "clean energy champion". Republican Jeff Stone is challenging. We have not been able to find evidence that Jeff Stone is breaking with his party's position against efforts to fight climate change in Congress.
District 37: Karen Bass represents district 37 in Los Angeles County with a stance favoring combatting climate change efforts. Chris Wiggins is also trying for the seat as a Democrat. The Chris Wiggins website does not clarify his position on climate change.
District 38: Linda Sanchez represents district 38. She says she is concerned about climate change and that environmental problems disproportionately affect Latinos. Ryan Downing is challenging as a Republican. We are currently unable to find any clarification on his views about climate change.
District 39: Ed Royce represents district 39, which includes parts of Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. He has refreshingly advocated for Republicans to concede their positions to find solutions on climate change, but officially he does not support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is real. Brett Murdock is challenging for this seat, with fighting climate change as a stated issue in his campaign. His website reads, "Climate change is real. There's no denying it. Brett considers this to be one of the largest threats facing our country and world today."
District 40: Lucille Roybal-Allard represents this heavily Democratic district with fighting climate change as a stated issue in her campaign. Roman Gabriel Gonzalez is also challenging as an independent - we are unable to find a statement on this candidate's views about fighting climate change.
District 41: Mark Takano represents district 41 in western Riverside county - he accepts climate science and is an advocate for solutions. Doug Shepherd is running as a Republican advocating for change, but we found no evidence that Doug Shepherd is breaking with his party's stance against fighting climate change.
District 42: Ken Calvert represents district 42. He has supported efforts in Congress to undermine the conclusions of climate scientists, he votes against efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and votes no against enforcing regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. Tim Sheridan is challenging for this seat in Congress as a supporter of efforts to fight climate change.
Without question climate change is the most important issue facing the world today. Given our position, the United States must be the world’s leader in taking action to combat climate change. Unlike some in Congress, I believe what the climate scientists are telling us about what is happening to the earth. When I’m in Congress, I will be a leading voice in supporting legislation that will stop and begin to reverse the effects of climate change." - Tim Sheridan, California District 42 Representative
District 43: Maxine Waters represents district 43 by advocating for climate change solutions. She has stood up to companies denying the facts on climate change by writing that "The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, but it does not protect companies from defrauding the American people or improperly disclosing information to their shareholders." She is being challenged by Republican Omar Navarro, who does not include climate change as an issue on his campaign website. We could not find any statements indicating Omar Navarro breaks with his party on climate change.
District 44: The incumbent is retiring, leaving the door open for a new candidate. Nanette Barragan is running, a Democrat who advocates for climate solutions and has the endorsement of conservation groups. Isadore Hall, III is another Democrat running for the seat. He has a record of supporting climate change efforts as well while serving in politics.
District 45: Mimi Walters, Republican incumbent in Orange County's district 45, votes against the environment quite often, but she is known as a moderate by Republican standards on climate change.  However, climate change is not on her campaign issues list. Ron Varasteh is challenging as a Democrat, with supporting climate change solutions included as an issue in his campaign.
District 46: Loretta Sanchez is the Democratic incumbent is district 46, which includes Anaheim and Santa Ana. She's a supporter of alternative energy and global and federal climate change efforts. She is retiring to run for Senator. Running to replace her is Bao Nguyen, and advocate for efforts to stop climate change, and Lou Correa, who also says he supports climate efforts, but receives relatively low scores by conservation groups for his environmental voting record.
District 47: Alan Lowenthal is the representative for district 47, and he has supported the movement to solve climate change in Congress. Andy Whallon is challenging in 2016 for the seat as a Republican without including climate change in his campaign issues.
District 48: District 48, which includes Huntington Beach and surrounding areas in Orange County, is represented by Dana Rohrabacher, one of the President's noted deniers of climate change science in Congress. He's noted for perpetuating false arguments against the conclusions of climate scientists in order to block progress in Congress on the issue. Suzanne Savary is challenging as a Democrat, embracing environmental responsibility and promising to reverse the anti-environment policy of Dana Rohrabacher.
Too often, when congress is asked to pass environmental legislation, the legislation is based on emotional junk science rather than data based on reproducable, rigorous, tested, peer-reviewed results. In no area has this been more obvious than climate change. - Dana Rohrabacher
District 49: Darrell Issa represents district 49, and he has been recognized for his efforts to deny climate science in Congress.  He is included in the President's climate change deniers list website. Darrell Issa recognizes that the climate is changing, but he claims, "the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic."  It seems he's questioning at which level the potential for global catastrophes are concerning.  This coastal San Diego County district has a chance to send Doug Applegate, the challenger for this seat in 2016, who accepts climate change science. His campaign website reads, "The adverse effects of global warming are a reality that must be addressed head on, especially for our coastal communities."
"the science community does not agree to the extent of the problem or the critical threshold of when this problem is truly catastrophic." - Darrell Issa, California district 49, on climate change
District 50: Duncan D. Hunter represents California's 50th district, which includes much of the inland parts of San Diego County. Duncan D. Hunter is another California representative who achieved a spot on the President's list of climate change deniers for blocking progress in Congress on climate change. Patrick Malloy is challenging for this seat, with climate change a front page issue in his campaign website. His website reads, "The Republican led Congress is harming our economy and damaging the environment by refusing to pass any legislation to fight climate change and global warming."
"Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself." - Duncan D. Hunter, California's 50th District
District 51: Juan Vargas represents district 51 with a position supporting efforts on climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Juan Hidalgo is challenging as a Republican, without stating he is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on climate change.
District 52: Scott Peters represents district 52, touting a record of fighting for climate change solutions. Denise Gitsham is challenging as a Republican, and refreshingly, she accepts that climate change is a problem and is an advocate for alternative energy.
District 53: Susan Davis represents district 53 as an advocate for efforts to solve climate change in Congress. Republican James Veltmeyer is challenging in 2016, but the environment and climate change is not on his campaign websites issues list. We are unable to find any statement indicating he is breaking with the Republican anti-science stance on the climate change problem.
In California's House elections, note that several of California's current elected House representatives are on the President's list of climate change deniers, meaning they are blocking efforts to solve climate change. These representatives are in leadership positions while regurgitating boilerplate misinformation about climate science. These efforts to diffuse reality are intentionally repeated by California representatives Jeff Denham, Doug LaMalfa, Dana Rohrabacher, Devin Nunes (22nd), Darrell Issa (49th), Duncan Hunter (50th), and Tom McClintock.  Allowing these elected "leaders" to continue to put forth false claims about science is unacceptable.  When Top McClintock says the debate is not over on climate change, he means that for people against progress, the debate is never going to be over.  Not in this lifetime, anyway.


See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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