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.

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Mike Crapo adamantly fights regulations on greenhouse gas emissions and promotes the Republican mantra that there is no conclusive evidence that climate change is caused by man. He is more than willing to bet his opinion against the opinions of climatologists, and actively pursues an agenda against curbing climate change. He is up for election in 2016. Jerry Sturgill is running as a Democrat against him. He seems to be pro-environment, but we could not confirm his position on global warming.

House 2016

Idaho 1: Raul Labrador is representing Idaho 1 as a denier of climate change. Asked to comment on climate change and global warming, he said "As a policymaker, I won't be guided by the global warming propaganda machine. Al Gore - we need you to return your Nobel Peace Prize!"

Idaho 2: Mike Simpson represents Idaho 2 as a climate change skeptic, but he is at least willing to acknowledge that humans may be causing climate change, which puts him in a category of Republicans that are willing to take the first step towards solving a problem: acknowledging that it exists.

Ron Labrador and Mike Crapo continue to propagate flawed logic on climate change. They argue that the climate has changed before naturally before, so humans cannot be causing climate change now. The problem with this argument is that scientists and climatologists predicted these changes years before it was observable, global warming is now observable and progressing, and scientists can associate the warming with higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere caused by humans burning of fossil fuels. Climate change can occur naturally, but it is flawed reasoning to suggest that because climate change occurred in the past, humans cannot be causing it now by burning fossil fuels. The opinions of Ron Labrador, Mike Crapo and other climate change skeptics are being held in contrary to the opinions of real scientists who are committed to finding conclusions based on facts, science, and sound reasoning.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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