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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections


Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and nearly all credible experts say pollution is causing our planet to get warmer. Still, false information designed to discredit climate science is actively promoted by organizations with ties to fossil fuels. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation and confusion about the climate. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for Colorado in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. We've researched every district and made it easy for you to lookup your representatives' positions on climate. Enter an address in the form below to find your House representative.

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There are 435 representatives in the U.S. House and 100 in the Senate. Enter an address to find your district's representatives and their positions on climate.
United States Senate
Updated January, 2018
Colorado has elected officials that are blocking progress on the climate change issue in Congress. Cory Gardner is currently a senator for Colorado, and was on President Obama'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 more favorable towards addressing the problem. Bennet has earned a good deal of respect for his work on climate change and conservation. In 2016, he faced opposition from Republican Darryl Glenn, who not a supporter of renewable energy and does not believe that climate change is real.
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
United States House of Representatives

District 1: Diana DeGette is the incumbent, running again with a stance in support of efforts to solve climate change. Casper Stockham ran in 2016 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 ran against him in 2016, and he calls efforts to fight climate change "invasive". Nic Morse does not support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"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 ran but lost the race for this seat in 2016 - she had 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 was challenged in 2016 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 challenged in 2016 for district 5 and was running on a position of tackling climate change. Doug Lamborn, Republican incumbent representative for this district, was on the President Obama'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. Unfortunately, Doug won the race in 2016.
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, ran in opposition but lost in 2016.
"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 was opposed in 2016 by George Athanasopoulos, a Republican whose position on the subject we could not find.

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