Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
The U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and our top scientific institutions 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 coal and oil. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation 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. Find your representatives and their positions on climate by using the form below.
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Updated March, 2019
Updated March, 2019
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.United States House of Representatives
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
District 1: Diana DeGette is the incumbent, running again with a stance in support of efforts to solve climate change. Casper Stockham ran in 2018 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: Joe Neguse is the incumbent in Colorado district 2. He is a Democrat who actively supports efforts to fight climate change in Congress.
"My wife and I had a daughter … and I think a lot about the world she will inherit, the world that young folks will inherit" - Joe Neguse, 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: 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.
District 6: Jason Crow won this district in 2018, beating Mike Coffman, who thought we should 'look into' our influence on climate. Jason Crow holds favorable views on addressing climate change.
"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, former representative, District 6
Climate change is a severe threat to the planet, people, and our nation. Congress must act to reduce carbon pollution and other emissions to protect against further impacts of climate change, but it must also work to help communities adapt to an already changing climate. - Jason Crow
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.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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