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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections

Iowa

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 Iowa 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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Joni Ernst is representing Iowa in the Senate with an ignorant stance on climate change, saying she just doesn't know, and she was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers. Chuck Grassley is the long standing incumbent. He is very popular, but does not accept the reality of climate change science. Chuck Grassley has adopted a flawed argument that the climate has changed before naturally before, so it cannot be concluded that humans are causing climate change now.


Iowa House

Iowa has four seats in the House of representatives.
Iowa 1: Abby Finkenauer won this seat in 2018. She supports action on climate change. Previously, Rod Blum had been representing this district with a position against climate change solutions -- Rod Blum denies climate change is caused by humans.
Our planet is warming at a quickening rate - Abby Finkenauer
Iowa 2: Incumbent Dave Loebsack says he's a supporter of progress on climate change, but has a mixed record on voting for progress on environment issues, at times voting for legislation that favors fossil fuels. Conservative Chris Peters has challenged for the seat as a Republican, and giving no indication he is not inline with his party's position of denying the issue of climate change.
Dave has long said that the science is settled: climate change is happening. Dave believes we must follow the science and take steps to avoid and mitigate effects on our changing climate. We must also continue to invest in renewable energy like wind and biofuels that create jobs in Iowa. - Dave Loebsack Website
Iowa 3: Cindy Axne won this seat in 2018, defeating climate denier David Young, who had been representing this Iowa district with the standard denial line that the science is unsettled.
Climate change is real. We see it right here in #IA03. Droughts are a yearly strain on our food supply & put farmers at risk. - Cindy Axne
Iowa 4: Steve King is representing Iowa's district 4 with an ignorant stance on climate change. He was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers blocking progress in Congress. Steve King routinely utters statements that indicate a complete lack of understanding of science, such as this little falsehood:
There are a couple of German engineers that took that theory apart and proved it wrong in a lab. I've read through that, but I'd have to go back to school for a half a year or a year to tell you I followed every bit of their rationale. But the presumption of the Greenhouse Effect is at least, from what I saw, was pretty convincingly rebutted." - Steve King

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