Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
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 Illinois 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.
Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on ClimateEnter an address to find your House and Senate representatives.
Updated March, 2019
House of Representatives
Tammy Duckworth defeated climate denier Mark Kirk in 2016 to become senator for Illinois. Duckworth has the support of numerous environment groups.
"As a new parent, I feel a particular responsibility to act in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus about global climate change, and you have my commitment that in the Senate I will continue to work with these groups and everyone else who accepts scientific reality and is committed to solving this existential threat." - Tammy DuckworthRichard Durbin is the other senator for Illinois. He also supports efforts to solve climate change.
The existence of man-made climate change is not a debatable issue, nor is it a vague or distant threat. It is a situation that requires serious attention immediately - Richard J. Durbin
House of Representatives
Illinois 1: Incumbent Bobby Rush is a supporter of climate change efforts.
Illinois 2: Incumbent Robin Kelley is supports climate change efforts, saying, "Reliance on foreign fossil fuels is too expensive, exposes us to political and security risks associated with purchasing oil from unstable and undemocratic regimes, and fails to combat the negative impact of climate change."
Illinois 3: Incumbent Dan Lipinski is a supporter of efforts to combat climate change.
Illinois 4: Incumbent Chuy Garcia is a supporter of efforts to combat climate change.
I believe that the retreat on climate change, environmental protection and public health is a disservice to our children and grandchildren. The administration is wrong in thinking that short term protection of pollution and older technologies will help the country grow. - Chuy Garcia
Illinois 5: Incumbent Mike Quigley is a supporter of climate change efforts.
Illinois 6: Sean Casten won this seat in 2018 while having climate change high on his agenda. He beat the previous representative, Peter Roskam, who was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers, meaning he is blocking progress in Congress on the climate change problem. Peter Roskam had said the conclusions scientists have made on climate change are "junk science".
After years fighting climate change as an entrepreneur, I’m now determined to fight it as the next member of Congress - Sean Casten
Illinois 7: Incumbent Danny Davis indicates he supports efforts to combat climate change.
Illinois 8: Raja Krishnamoorthi, who included fighting climate change in his campaign, won this seat in 2016. In 2017, he criticized Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate.
Abandoning the commitments we made in the Paris Climate Agreement is a massive self-inflicted wound to our environment, our global influence, and our economy. - Raja Krishnamoorthi
Illinois 9: Incumbent Jan Schakowsky is a supporter of climate change efforts.
Illinois 10: Brad Schneider, a supporter of efforts on climate change, won this seat in 2016.
Illinois 11: Incumbent Bill Foster is a scientist and serves on the Science Committee, where he says he's fighting back against Republican efforts to cut research funding and muzzle climate change research. Bill Foster's campaign says his stance on global warming rests on these principles:
- - The observed global warming is dangerous and real.
- - At least half of the observed global warming is human-caused, so action is imperative.
- - It is our responsibility to fix this problem in the way that does the least damage our economic growth in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Illinois 12: Mike Bost is representing Illinois 12 with a position against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He is against making progress on climate change. He made President Obama's list of representatives blocking action in congress while denying the reality of climate change.
Illinois 13: Rodney Davis made the President Obama's list of members of Congress who are blocking action on climate change. Rodney Davis has a record in congress that goes against pretty much everything environment, favoring big oil and fossil fuel and attempting to stamp out efforts towards progress on developing technology that could eventually replace our fossil fuel dependencies.
Illinois 14: Lauren Underwood won this seat in 2018 while expressing the understanding that climate change is real.
There is clear evidence that human activity is a significant catalyst toward climate change, producing increased carbon emissions that have caused and will continue to cause lasting damage to our planet. As our next representative, I'll respect the facts, evidence and scientific consensus that Hultgren has turned away from. - Lauren UnderwoodThe previous representative for district 14, Randy Hultgren represented the district with a completely ignorant view of climate change. Some of his quotes show a complete lack of comprehension of the problem of global warming. He made President Obama's list of members of congress who are blocking action on climate change based on his record and his complete misunderstanding on the issue.
Illinois 15: John Shimkus is representing Illinois 15th district with an anti-environment position on climate change. He was on the President Obama's list of climate change deniers, and is blocking progress in Congress on the issue.
Illinois 16: Adam Kinzinger represents the district with a moderate view on climate change, but his record does not support action on solving the problem. He seems willing to acknowledge global warming exists but is unwilling to support any regulations on the emissions of greenhouse gases that cause climate change other than further development of nuclear.
Illinois 17: Cheri Bustos votes pro-environment and supports efforts on climate change.
Illinois 18: Darin LaHood represents Illinois 18 with a position against regulating greenhouse gas emissions and he makes no indications we can find that he supports any efforts on climate change.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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