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 Connecticut 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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Connecticut currently has Richard Blumenthal representing the state as Senator, and he is for progress on the climate change problem.

Senator Richard Blumenthal is known as an advocate for environment preservation and taking measures to prevent climate change. He is up for election again in 2016 and being challenged by Republican candidate August Wolf and possibly Joe Visconti, who has adopted the Republican position that he is unsure about the cause of global warming. We have so far not been able to confirm August Wolf's position on the issue.

Connecticut's five seats in the House seats breakdown as follows:

1st District: John Larson is the incumbent; he is an advocate for taking measures to address climate change.

2nd District: Democratic incumbent Joe Courtney is for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He is being challenged by Daria Novak, an unabashed denier of science's conclusion that humans are contributing to climate change.

3rd District: Incumbent Rosa DeLauro is on the correct side of the climate change problem.

4th District: Incumbent Jim Himes is a believer in climate change and is an advocate for solutions in Congress. He is being challenged by John Shaban, who does not list climate change as an issue in his campaign.

In Connecticut's 5th, Elizabeth Esty is once again on the ticket, and is a believer in the climate change problem and working to help Connecticut adapt to reduce its vulnerability to more extreme weather patterns. She faces opposition for Clay Cope, who does not take a strong position on the issue, along with several other Republican candidates. Also running is independent Stephanie Piddock. We believe she is a supporter of measures to prevent climate change as well.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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