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 Indiana 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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house: Barbara Comstock
senate: Timothy Kaine
senate: Mark Warner

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Senate 2016
Indiana's open Senate seat is being sought by Marlin Stutzman, a climate change denier. Despite 97% of climate scientists having concluded that humans are causing climate change, Marlin Stutzman is sticking to his position that science is undecided on the issue. Also running is Todd Young, who has made the President's list of representatives denying the science of climate change and blocking progress on efforts to solve the global warming problem. Todd Young, as well, concludes as a non-scientist that "the science has not settled." Baron Hill is seeking the seat as well, and is a notable advocate for progress on climate change.

On climate change, Baron Hill has said:
"The science is overwhelming. There is no question that man is contributing to climate change. No question about it. The science is overwhelming. Look, folks: this is God's green earth and we ought to respect it." - Baron Hill
Hopefully, we'll see Baron Hill as Senator for Indiana so he can take this message to the Senate.

House 2016
Indiana has 9 seats in the House, all of which influence the direction the United States takes regarding climate change.

Indiana 1: Pete Visclosky represents Indiana 1 with an understanding that climate change is real and a seemingly genuine intent to work towards making progress on the issue. When it comes to action he has sided with fossil fuels in at least some votes. Being from a heavily coal influenced area, it's notable that he is accepting the reality of climate change and working towards progress rather than taking the low road of denial. He is being challenged by Willie Brown for the Indiana seat; we were unable to confirm Willie Brown's position on climate change.

Indiana 2: Incumbent Jackie Walorski has vowed to fight against legislation designed to curb climate change. There are several challengers for the seat, but we have yet to confirm their positions on global warming.

Indiana 3: Marlin Stutzman, climate change denier, is running for the Senate and leaving this seat open. Republican Jim Banks is seeking the seat showing no support for efforts on climate change whatsoever, along with several other Republican and Democrat candidates whose positions on climate science are not clear at this point.

Indiana 4: Incumbent Todd Rokita is on the President's list of climate change deniers who are blocking progress on the issue in Congress. John Dale, who accepts the reality of climate change and supports making progress on climate change, is challenging for this seat in Indiana's 4th district.

Indiana 5: Incumbent Susan Brooks is against progress on climate change, siding with coal interests, as do the other Republican candidates for this seat. Angela Demaree is running in opposition and supports making progress on climate change.

Indiana 6: Incumbent Luke Messer does not support legislation designed to curb climate change. There are several challengers for this seat, but in this heavily coal influenced state, candidates are not talking much about climate change. Barry Welsh is the only candidate we could find saying he supported efforts to solve the climate change problem.

Indiana 7: Incumbent Andre Carson is a supporter and advocate for working to solve the climate change problem. In addition to several Republican challengers, challenging without listing climate change as an issue are Democrats Curtis Godfrey and Pierre Pullins.

Indiana 8: The current representative for Indiana's 8th district is Larry Bucshon, who adheres to ignorance and denial on the climate change issue. Larry Bucshon is on the Presidential list of representatives blocking progress on climate change in Congress. Democrats David Orentlicher and Ron Drake are seeking the seat as well, but we could not confirm their positions in this heavily fossil-fuel influenced district.

Indiana 9: Incumbent Todd Young is a climate change denier and is working to block progress in Congress on climate change solutions. He is running for Senate, leaving the seat open. Seeking the seat is Robert Hall, another climate change denier who is incredibly ignorant on the subject of climate change. James McClure Jr. has a somewhat more progressive view on the subject, and Shelli Yoder is the only candidate in this district we could find advocating for real progress on the climate change issue.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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