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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.

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Georgia Candidates for Senate 2016

Georgia's two representatives in the Senate are denying scientist's 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 has made the president's climate change deniers list. David Perdue is not up for re-election in 2016, but Johnny Isakson, Republican, also made the list, and is up for election in 2016. He adheres to his opinion 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 are challenging Johnny Isakson; neither of these Republicans have climate change listed as an issue in their campaigns.

Challengers in 2016 from the Democratic party include Jim Barksdale John Coyne, and Cheryl Copeland - conspicuously absent from their campaigns is information on their climate change positions.

House 2016
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 are republicans Greg Duke, Bobby Scott, Diane Vann, none of which seem to support climate change efforts.
Georgia 3 - Lynn Westmoreland, the current representative for Georgia 3, is inline with Georgia's other representatives standing on the wrong side of climate change efforts, and has made the President's climate change deniers list. She is blocking progress in Congress on the issue, but is retiring. Running to replace her are a slew of Republicans, none of which offer an opinion supporting climate change efforts.
Georgia 4 - Thankfully, 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 is being challenged by Victor Armendariz, who re-tweets ignorant anti-climate change arguments.
Georgia 5 - John Lewis is the incumbent, and is a supporter of environment protection and climate change efforts. He is being challenged by Republican Douglas Bell, who does not seem to support any efforts on climate change.
Georgia 6 - Douglas Bell currently represents Georgia 6. Mr. Bell is on the wrong side of climate change, preferring denial and ignorance and sticking to his opinions about climate change rather than listening to scientists' conclusions about its causes. For now, we have not found a challenger on the right side of climate change.
Georgia 7 - Rob Woodall is the incumbent. He opposes regulations designed to reduce climate change. Rashid Malik is running as a Democrat, but we were unable to define his position on climate change.
Georgia 8 - Austin Scott is the incumbent, and has made no progress on climate change in congress. James Harris is challenging without listing climate change as an issue on his website.
Georgia 9 - Incumbent Doug Collins denies that humans are causing climate change. He made the President's list of politicians blocking progress on the issue in Congress. He is being challenged by a slew of Republicans including Paul Broun, who has said that the teachings of evolution are based on "lies straight from the pit of hell." There is no question regarding where he stands on climate change. As for the other Republicans in this district, all we can say is that the ignorance is thick.
Georgia 10 - Jody Hice has a reputation for taking anti-science positions, and on climate change, he is no exception. He made the President's list of climate change deniers, along with some other lists of 'crazy' representatives in Congress.
Georgia 11 - Incumbent Barry Loudermilk is against measures to fight climate change. He is being challenged by Democrat Don Wilson.
Georgia 12 - Rick Allen represents the district with an anti-science position on climate change. We're hoping for something from challengers Joyce Nolin and Tricia Carpenter-McCracken on climate change, but were unable to dig anything up.
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 Allan Levene and Mickey Tuck, neither of which support efforts to curb climate change.


See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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