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 Florida 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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Florida Senate 2016:
Marco Rubio, who is notably against efforts to address climate change in Congress, is seeking reelection after abandoning his run for president. Congressman Patrick Murphy, who is a supporter of progress on the climate change problem, is challenging for this seat 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
Florida House 2016
District 1: District 1 includes the western Panhandle. Jeff Miller is retiring his position in this seat in 2016. Matt Gaetz is running as a Republican against efforts to curb climate change, saying it is not clear if humans are causing climate change. Steven Specht is challenging 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: Gwen Graham is retiring this seat in 2016. Walter Dartland is running as a Democrat indicating he supports efforts to address climate change. He is facing Neal Dunn, 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 is on the President's list of Congress representatives unwilling to accept scientific conclusions about climate change. Ken McGurn is the Democrat challenging Yoho for the seat. Ken McGurn recognizes the science community's conclusions that we are causing climate change.  Tom Wells is running as an Independent and a supporter of climate change efforts.
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
Global warming is the critical threat to the nations of the world - and to our species. The solution is simple: Tax Greenhouse gases ($100/tonne for CO2, a conservative estimate of social costs), applying market forces to rapidly transition from fossil fuels. - Tom Wells
District 4: Ander Crenshaw is the incumbent. He votes anti-environment, but is retiring the seat. John Rutherford is running as a Republican without indicated he breaks with his party's position against regulating greenhouse gas emissions. David E. Bruderly is also running in 2016, indicating he accepts the reality of climate change.
Dave earned his Master's Degree in Ocean Engineering from Columbia University, so he understands how to address the challenges that climate change causes head-on. - David Bruderly on Facebook
District 5: Al Lawson is running for 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, is the other candidate.
District 6: Ron DeSantis is the Republican candidate - he does not accept climate science as conclusive. For the Dems, Bill McCullough is running for the seat indicating he accepts the reality of climate change favors a "business approach" to the problem that includes curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The idea that we have the capacity to change or stop the climate, I’m just skeptical. - Ron DeSantis
District 7: Incumbent John Mica is not in favor of addressing climate change, and consistently votes against the environment. He has voted against every measure that came his way if it had to do with solving climate change. Stephanie Murphy is challenging for this seat in 2016. Stephanie Murphy has the endorsement of conservation groups and favors taking steps to address the climate change issue.
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 does,  listing protecting the environment as an issue in her campaign. She favors efforts to address climate change.
District 9: Darren Soto is running for this seat in 2016 with climate change listed as an issue in his campaign. Wayne Liebnitzky is running as a Republican 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: Dan Webster, Republican representative for district 10 in Florida, is a denier of the global warming problem. He is running in district 11, leaving the seat open. Thuy Lowe is the Republican candidate - 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. Val Demings is the Democratic candidate, and she has the support of conservation groups due in part to her position on taking action on climate change.
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 Dan Webster does not endorse efforts to curb global warming. District 11 will hopefully vote for Dave Koller, who has publicly taken a stand that climate change policy critics are hiding behind statements such as "I am not a scientist".
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 is challenging for the seat in 2016, and he lists fighting climate change as an issue on his campaign website.
District 13: David Jolly is a refreshing example of a Republican saying he accepts climate change science. However, he opposes action to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (that cause climate change). 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.
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 Christine Quinn does not seem to reference climate change in her campaign.
District 15: Dennis Ross is representing the 15th district in Florida by making the President's list of climate change deniers who are blocking progress in Congress on taking steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Jim Lange is challenging as a Democrat, with addressing climate change listed as an issue in his campaign.
I think we are contributing to some climate change, but I am not accepting all the theories that are out there that say climate change is what it is because of us. - Dennis Ross
Climate change is real. It is already causing measurable problems in the United States and around the globe. Supporting the scientific community's conclusions about climate change, there are a few key solutions that could reverse our dangerous trending. - Jim Lange website
District 16: Vern Buchanan, Republican incumbent, has been protested for his inaction on climate change and unwillingness to accept science's position that human activity is affecting the climate. Jan Schneider is challenging in 2016 as a Democrat. 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 incumbent Tom Rooney has consistently voted against legislation intended to reduce climate change. April Freeman is running as a Democrat with a positive stance on the issue - she supports efforts to address climate change.
District 18: Incumbent Patrick Murphy, who accepts climate change science, is vacating this House seat to run for the Senate. Candidate Randy Perkins is a Democrat with a history of environment work. Brian Mast is the Republican candidate - he lists rolling back efforts on climate change as a priority on his website.
District 19: Curt Clawson, incumbent in this district, in a rare case of a Republican opening the door on climate change, seems to be open to efforts to make progress on the problem of global warming so long as the solutions fall within his conservative guidelines. However, he is retiring. Francis Rooney is running as a Republican, without mentioning climate change in his campaign or indicating he breaks with his party's stance against addressing climate change. Robert Neeld is running as a Democrat, 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 is the Republican candidate in 2016 - he's a long shot but has indicated he is in favor of climate change efforts and accepts the science on climate change.
District 21: Ted Deutch has won endorsements for his belief that climate change is a problem that needs to be addressed in Congress - he is running in district 22. Lois Frankel is the Democratic candidate who believes in addressing climate change. She served in district 22, and has a nearly perfect record of supporting efforts to address climate change. Paul Spain is running as a Republican, offering somewhat of an indication that he supports efforts on climate change too.
District 22: Lois Frankel, a believer in climate change, is running in district 21, leaving the door open for Ted Deutch, who is running as a Democrat supporting efforts on climate change. Republican challenger Andrea Leigh McGee does not mention climate change or the environment in her issues list, and she does not indicate she breaks with her party's position against taking action on climate change.
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 is running as well in 2016, indicating he does not support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 24: Frederica Wilson, the unopposed 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 is 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
District 26: District 26 in the southern part of Florida is represented by Republican incumbent Carlos Curbelo. He is demonstrating that Republicans CAN think and demonstrate intellect. He 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." He is challenged by Democratic candidates Joe Garcia, as supporter of climate change efforts as well.
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: Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican incumbent, has joined Carlos Curbelo in breaking ranks with the Republican party's misinformation and ignorance on climate change. Scott Fuhrman is the Democratic challenger in 2016, also in support of efforts on climate change.
"As South Floridians, we should be concerned about the projected threat from future sea-level rise if we are to avoid the worst impacts to our livelihoods and to our region's economic vitality." -  Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican representative in district 27
Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, is adamantly against climate change science and his administration is rumored to have attempted to ban Florida officials from using the terms global warming and climate change.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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