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 Georgia 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
Georgia's two representatives in the Senate are dismissing scientists' conclusions that humans cause climate change and blocking efforts in Congress to make progress on the climate change problem. David Perdue represents Georgia as a senator, and was on President Obama's climate change deniers list. Georgia's other senator, Johnny Isakson, Republican, also made the list. Both senators adhere to their opinions that humans do not cause climate change, despite nearly unanimous agreement of climate scientists who say the opposite. Republicans Derrick Grayson and Mary Kay Bacallao challenged Johnny Isakson in 2016; neither of these Republicans had climate change listed as an issue in their campaigns. Challengers in 2016 from the Democratic party included Jim Barksdale John Coyne, and Cheryl Copeland - conspicuously absent from their campaigns is information on their climate change positions.U.S. House of Representatives
Georgia 1 - Buddy Carter is currently representing Georgia 1 as a climate change denier. In classic denier form, he states "Certainly we have to pay attention to it. There's no doubt about that, But I do have reservations about how real it is".
Georgia 2 - Sanford Bishop is a rare example of a Democrat blocking measures on climate change, and seems to have a backwards position of serving polluters' interests. Challenging Bishop in 2016 were republicans Greg Duke, Bobby Scott, Diane Vann, none of which seem to support climate change efforts.
Georgia 3 - Drew Ferguson, the current representative for Georgia 3, is inline with Georgia's other representatives standing on the wrong side of climate change efforts.
Burdensome regulations from the EPA and every other federal agency just stop businesses in their tracks with forms, red tape, delays and cost. - Drew Ferguson
Georgia 4 - Representing Georgia's 4th is Hank Johnson, who has stood up and asked Congress to "stop denying reality and move forward" on climate change solutions. Johnson said "I urge my colleagues to put politics aside, listen to the science, and come together to begin to help prevent the worst effects of climate change." He was challenged in 2016 by Victor Armendariz, who re-tweets ignorant anti-climate change arguments.
Georgia 5 - John Lewis is the incumbent representative for district 5. He is a supporter of environment protection and climate change efforts. He was challenged in 2016 by Republican Douglas Bell, who does not seem to support any efforts on climate change.
Georgia 6 - Lucy McBath won this seat in 2018 with a stance supporting action on climate. Karen Handel previously represented Georgia 6 without supporting any action on solving climate change, and had used the "I am not a scientist" line, which is denial code speak for "I don't really want to understand climate change".
Look, I think that, clearly, there have been changes in the climate. I am not a scientist, so I read all of that and take it all in - Karen Handel
Climate change represents an existential threat to our environment. I agree with the Department of Defense: climate change is one of the most urgent national security issues of our time. The science of climate change is conclusive and indisputable: humans are the principal cause of it and our planet is warming at an extremely alarming rate. - Lucy McBath, Representative District 6
Georgia 7 - Rob Woodall is the incumbent. He opposes regulations designed to reduce climate change. Carolyn Bourdeaux challenged in 2018 with a more favorable stance on climate, but she narrowly lost the race.
Georgia 8 - Austin Scott is the incumbent, and has made no progress on climate change in congress.
Georgia 9 - Incumbent Doug Collins denies that humans are causing climate change. He made President Obama's list of politicians blocking progress on the issue in Congress.
Georgia 10 - Jody Hice has a reputation for taking anti-science positions, and on climate change, he is no exception. He made President Obama's list of climate change deniers, along with some other lists of 'crazy' representatives in Congress.
Georgia 11 - Incumbent Barry Loudermilk represents district 11 -- he is against measures to fight climate change.
Georgia 12 - Rick Allen represents the district with an anti-science position on climate change.
Georgia 13 - David Scott is the incumbent, and thankfully we can report that he is a supporter of efforts on climate change.
Georgia 14 - Incumbent Tom Graves stays true to his Republican party line, adamantly working to stop progress in Congress to fight global warming. He is being challenged by Republicans Brian Rosser in 2018.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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