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 Colorado 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

Colorado has elected officials that are blocking progress on the climate change issue in Congress. Cory Gardner is currently a senator for Colorado, and is on the President's list of climate change deniers. He has said he agrees that the climate is changing, but disagrees on the extent man is changing it. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet is defending his position in 2016. Bennet has earned a good deal of respect for his work on climate change and conservation. He faces opposition from Republican Darryl Glenn, who not a supporter of renewable energy and does not believe that climate change is real. Also running is Lily Tang Williams, a Libertarian candidate who can be counted on to be ignorant and useless on global warming, and Green Party candidate Arn Menconi, who says he'll provide stronger leadership on the global warming issue.
Climate change, we can debate that until the cows come home, for lack of a better way of stating that. The bottom line is, I do not believe that man is contributing to that factor. - Darryl Glenn
House 2016

District 1: Diana DeGette is the incumbent, running again with a stance in support of efforts to solve climate change. Casper Stockham is challenging as a Republican, without taking much of a stance on climate change and without indicating he breaks with the Republican party's anti-science stance on the subject.
"The only place you can find climate change deniers to this day,” began DeGette, who represents Denver, “is in the halls of Congress." - Dianna DeGette
District 2: Jared Polis is the incumbent in Colorado district 2. He is a Democrat and has voted to support efforts to fight climate change in Congress. Republican Nic Morse is running against him, and he calls efforts to fight climate change "invasive". Nic Morse does not support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Also running in this district is Green party candidate Cliff Willmeng. Richard Longstreth, as a Libertarian, can be counted on to be against efforts to solve global warming.
"We should put science before special interests as we shape public policy. Together, we must change our attitudes and behavior to slow the dangerous pattern of global climate change." - Jared Polis, District 2
District 3: Scott Tipton is the Republican incumbent representative for district 3. He does not support efforts in Congress to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He acknowledges that climate change exists, but does not accept that humans are causing it and is against efforts in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels. Gail Schwartz is challenging for this seat in 2016 - she has the support of conservation groups and indicates she favors efforts to combat climate change in Congress.
District 4: Republican Ken Buck represents district 4 in Colorado. He is against efforts to fight climate change in Congress. He is being challenged by Bob Seay, who supports efforts to solve the problem. "Ken Buck doesn’t want to hear that climate change is a real problem, even though anyone with a thermometer and a piece of graph paper can tell that it is." - Bob Seay.
"I oppose legislation that places costly rules or tax schemes on coal, because unnecessary regulations drive up energy prices and cost jobs." - Ken Buck, District 4 Colorado
District 5: Misty Plowright is challenging in district 5 and running on a position of tackling climate change. Doug Lamborn, Republican incumbent representative for this district, is on the President's list of climate change deniers. Doug Lamborn is blocking progress in Congress on the issue, and continues to propagate claims that attempt to deny the reality of climate change science.
District 6: On climate change, Mike Coffman from the 6th district in Colorado thinks we need to "look into" it. Morgan Carroll, who supports legislation designed to fight climate change, is running in opposition. Robert Lee Worthey, Green party candidate, is also running in this district.
"Climate change is naturally occurring. What influence do we have over that, we certainly need to look into, but that's subject to debate." - Mike Coffman
District 7: Ed Perlmutter represents this district with a view that supports efforts to fight climate change. He is being opposed by George Athanasopoulos, a Republican whose position on the subject we could not find.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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