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Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and other 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 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 Florida 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 July, 2019

Florida United States Senators:
Marco Rubio, who is notably against efforts to address climate change in Congress, represents Florida as a Senator. Congressman Patrick Murphy, who is a supporter of progress on the climate change problem, ran for this seat but lost in 2016.
I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it - Marco Rubio
With climate change already impacting Florida, Patrick knows that the time to act is now. Climate change is not some obscure problem for future generations to solve. Florida is ground zero for the effects of climate change, including sunny-day flooding on Miami Beach, coastal erosion, and the ocean's intrusion into our drinking water. - Patrick Murphy website
Former governor Rick Scott, perhaps one of the most notorious climate change deniers, won Florida's other seat in the Senate in 2018. Rick Scott is said to have banned the use of the term "climate change" in official communication. Scott defeated former representative Bill Nelson, who has stated that Republicans are denying reality on climate change. The former astronaut said, "You can call it politics or whatever, but the Earth is getting hotter".
House of Representatives, Florida
District 1: District 1 includes the western Panhandle. Matt Gaetz won the district in 2016 as a Republican against efforts to curb climate change, saying it is not clear if humans are causing climate change. Steven Specht ran as a Democrat in this heavily Republican district.
In our fervor to protect the environment, we lose sight of economic and scientific reality. - Matt Gaetz
District 2: Walter Dartland lost as a Democrat in 2016 while indicating he supports efforts to address climate change. Neal Dunn won the seat, he is a Republican whose position seems to be along Republican party lines against regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
District 3: Ted Yoho is the incumbent in district 3. He does not think climate change is real and is blocking progress on the issue in Congress. Yoho was on President Obama's list of Congress representatives unwilling to accept scientific conclusions about climate change. Ken McGurn was the Democrat challenging Yoho for the seat in 2016. Ken McGurn recognizes the science community's conclusions that we are causing climate change.
I think it's a natural occurrence ... I think there's an agenda-driven science. I can read stuff that says that the information was skewed. It's not right. - Ted Yoho
Climate change is a real threat and a defining challenge of our time. We can disagree on what is causing the Change. However, everyone should agree that mankind is at least contributing to Climate Change. - Ken McGurn
District 4: John Rutherford represents district 4. He is against climate solutions and supported Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
Climate change has been going on for a long time and not all of it is manmade - John Rutherford
District 5: Al Lawson won this seat in 2016 as a Democrat without listing climate change as an issue in his campaign. Republican Glo Smith, who does not believe climate change is real, was the other candidate.
District 6: Michael Waltz represents district 6. He acknowledges climate change is a threat to national security, and has advocated for dealing with the effects of it. But, Michael Waltz has not made it clear that he supports government action to address climate change.
We do need to - from a military standpoint, even a national security standpoint — deal with the effects of a warming Earth. - Michael Waltz
District 7: Incumbent Stephanie Murphy won this seat in 2016. Stephanie Murphy has the endorsement of conservation groups and favors taking steps to address the climate change issue. John Mica, the former incumbent, lost in 2016. He was not in favor of addressing climate change, and consistently voted against the environment. He voted against every measure that came his way if it had to do with solving climate change. Let's hope Stephanie Murphy can keep her seat in this close district.
I will be a strong advocate for our environment, for cleaner air and water, and for smart investments in green energy that both reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and make energy more affordable for Florida families. - Stephanie Murphy
District 8: Incumbent Bill Posey does not believe in global warming. Corry Westbrook ran in 2016 but lost. She listed protecting the environment as an issue in her campaign. She favors efforts to address climate change.
District 9: Darren Soto won this seat in 2016 with climate change listed as an issue in his campaign. Wayne Liebnitzky ran as a Republican that year without indicating he breaks with his party's position against taking action on climate change.
Here in Florida, we have a lot to lose from climate change. In fact, Florida has more private property at risk from climate change than any other state. - Darren Soto Website
District 10: Val Demings is the Democratic incumbent candidate, and she has the support of conservation groups due in part to her position on taking action on climate change. Thuy Lowe was the Republican candidate in 2016 - she does not appear to favor efforts to solve climate change, and has made no indication she breaks with her party's position on the issue.
I look forward to working on policies that ensure all Americans have access to clean water, air and that our environment will be protected for generations to come. - Val Demings
District 11: Republican incumbent Dan Webster does not endorse efforts to curb global warming. District 11 did not vote for Dave Koller in 2016. Koller, who has publicly taken a stand that climate change policy critics are hiding behind statements such as "I am not a scientist", lost the race.
Yes, I believe in climate change. I support finding. researching and developing clean energy sources. I realize that we need a plan here in Florida as well as in all coastal areas of the US to address rising sea levels. - Dave Koller
District 12: Republican incumbent Gus Bilirakis is hostile towards efforts on climate change, and is known as a fossil fuels energy supporter. Robert Tager ran for the seat in 2016, listing fighting climate change as an issue on his campaign website, but he lost the race.
District 13: Charlie Crist is the Democratic candidate who favors taking action on climate change in Congress. Charlie Crist has the endorsement of conservation groups, who note that David Jolly has voted consistently against the environment and efforts to take action on climate change. David Jolly, candidate and incumbent in 2016, was a rare example of a Republican saying he accepts climate change science. However, he opposed action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (that cause climate change). Jolly thankfully lost the race, barely, to Crist.
Pinellas County is more than just my home - it's a treasure that we must protect for future generations as well. - Charlie Crist
I'm going to tell you something you rarely hear a member of Congress say: I think the climate's changing. I think man's had an impact, and we need to stop arguing about the science....I truly do not understand why members of Congress argue over science. I don’t understand it. I understand the healthy argument and constructive dialogue over the solutions because we all have different solutions. - Republican David Jolly
District 14: Incumbent Kathy Castor says she is a supporter of renewable energy solutions. Republican challenger in 2016 Christine Quinn did not seem to reference climate change in her campaign.
District 15: Ross Spano is representing the 15th district in Florida. He stands against progress on climate change, he supports offshore drilling, and supports Trump's pullout of the Paris agreement on climate.
District 16: Vern Buchanan, Republican incumbent, has been protested for his inaction on climate change. Jan Schneider challenged in 2016 as a Democrat, but lost. Jan Schneider boasts a record of commitment to the environment and includes her positions on climate change and the environment within her campaign website.
District 17: Republican Greg Steube has adopted the position that climate change cannot be addressed through government.
I don't think there are solutions that we as legislators can necessarily do (on climate change). - Greg Steube
District 18: Brian Mast is the Republican incumbent candidate - in 2016 he listed rolling back efforts on climate change as a priority on his website. Candidate Randy Perkins was the Democrat running in 2016 with a history of environment work.
District 19: Francis Rooney the incumbent - a Republican who ran without mentioning climate change in his campaign or indicating he breaks with his party's stance against addressing climate change. He has voted accordingly against progress on climate change. Robert Neeld ran as a Democrat in the 2016 race, listing green energy as a priority in his campaign.
District 20: In this southeast Florida district, Alcee Hastings is the Democratic incumbent in support efforts to solve climate change. He has a high favorability rating with conservation groups. Gary Stein ran as a Republican in 2016 - he had indicated he is in favor of climate change efforts and accepts the science on climate change.
District 21: Lois Frankel is the Democratic incumbent who believes in addressing climate change. Paul Spain ran in 2016 as a Republican, offering somewhat of an indication that he supports efforts on climate change too.
District 22: Ted Deutch is the incumbent who supports efforts on climate change. Andrea Leigh McGee did not mention climate change or the environment in her issues list when she ran, and lost, in 2016.
As a global economic and political power, Ted strongly believes the United States has a responsibility to provide real leadership on the issue of climate change. If we are truly committed to passing a healthier environment on to our children, then we must treat the challenge posed by global warming as a threat to our national security. - Ted Deutch website
District 23: Democratic incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz has some record of supporting environment and climate change efforts in the House, and has the endorsement of conservation groups. Republican Joe Kaufman ran as well in 2016, indicating he does not support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 24: Frederica Wilson, the current incumbent, holds the position that climate change is real and supports efforts to curb the greenhouse effect.
District 25: Republican incumbent Mario Diaz-Balart has made news by going head-on against the nearly unanimous scientific community on global warming. He votes against all things related to addressing climate change. Running against him in 2016 was Alina Valdes, who is a supporter of efforts to climate change.
Addressing climate change in Florida, which is one of the most vulnerable states due to its low elevation and predominantly limestone base, must be a priority if we are to remain above water. Not only will there be a devastating economic impact on the state but the people will be in danger as we have seen with the severe weather events that have been attributed to global warming and its consequences. - Alina Valdes website
Unfortunately, Mario Diaz-Balart won the race, scoring some points for climate deniers.
District 26: District 26, in the southern part of Florida, is represented by Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who won the seat with a stance in favor of addressing climate change. This district was previously represented by Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo. Curbelo says "I have concerns about the ecological impact that climate change has on our planet, especially as it relates to rising sea-levels. It is vital Congress works in a bipartisan manner to mitigate the effects of climate change and I’m proud to be a pro-environment voice in the Republican Party."
Climate change is an urgent threat to our way of life in South Florida. I’m proud to be endorsed by Climate Hawks Vote and I’m ready to get to work on REAL climate action in Congress. - Debbie Mucarsel-Powell
I realized some time ago that this issue is an existential threat to where I live. Here in South Florida, regrettably, this is no longer an abstract issue. We are already witnessing the effects of climate change and sea level rise, and we know which way the trend is going. - Carlos Curbelo, Republican
District 27: Donna Shalala represents district 27 by supporting efforts to address climate.
Climate change is the biggest planetary challenge we face in the 21st Century, and for South Florida it is a dire existential threat. -  Donna Shalala, representative in district 27
Florida's Governor, Ron DeSantis, is a denier of climate change science.
The idea that we have the capacity to change or stop the climate, I’m just skeptical. - Ron DeSantis

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