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Our top scientific institutions, including the U.S. military, NASA, and NOAA all 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 Kansas 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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Senator Jerry Moran won reelection in 2016. He has stood against regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gases to curb global warming. He had suggested such measures are part of a war on coal. More recently, he spoke against Biden's decision to re-join the Paris Climate Accord. Roger Marshall also represents Kansas in the Senate. In the past, he questioned climate change. More recently, he has seemed to accept it at some level, but he has stood against proposed regulations to address emissions. Pat Roberts was also previously a senator in Kansas. Pat Roberts also stood against efforts to solve climate change.
There's no question there's some global warming, but I'm not sure what it means. A lot of this is condescending elitism. - Pat Roberts
I'm not sure that there is even climate change. I think it's something that we should continue to study and make sure our ecology continues to improve. - Roger Marshall, past statement quoted on KSN
This is proof that one-size-fits-all-policies and regulatory overreach are not the answer. ...Rather than more government and one-sided deals, we need to look to free-market innovation, conservation, and some good Kansas common-sense to continue reducing emissions. We should increase our use and production of biofuels in Kansas. We should plant more trees. And we should lean on innovations — not regulations — to cut emission levels across industries. If we do that, we will continue to make meaningful strides. - Roger Marshall, on climate change, quoted by Shawnee Mission Post, 2020
I opposed the Obama administration's decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without appropriate congressional input, and again, when the Trump administration pulled out of the accords, I reiterated that Congress should have a role in consenting to such agreements. I urge President Biden, before he rushes our country back into the flawed Paris Agreement, to submit it to the Senate for consideration to avoid making a consequential decision that lacks input from Congress. Re-entering this agreement would be damaging to jobs in the United States at a time when we need to focus on reopening the economy and helping people return to work. - Jerry Moran, quoted in press release on his Senate website
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Kansas 1: Tracey Mann represents district 1. He is a Republican, and he did not include climate change as an issue on his website. Roger Marshall previously represented the district with a stance against addressing climate change.
It seems like every other week I see something new causing cancer and finding out later that it’s not true, so I've learned that you can never focus on just one study. Roger Marshall, past statement on Climate Change
Kansas 2: Republican Jacob LaTurner represents Kansas 2 in Congress. We have not found any indications he breaks with the Republican party's stance against regulation to address climate change (as of 2021, the GOP website includes statements that "Government should not play favorites among energy producers....Climate change is far from this nation's most pressing national security issue. This (expanded renewable use in the department of defense) is the triumph of extremism over common sense, and Congress must stop it....We support the development of all forms of energy that are marketable in a free economy without subsidies, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and hydropower....We support the development of all forms of energy that are marketable in a free economy without subsidies, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and hydropower. ... We oppose any carbon tax.") Previously, Steve Watkins represented this district, winning the race to replace Lynn Jenkins, who was on the BarackObama.com list of members of Congress who had been questioning the need to address climate change. Steve Watkins, like his predecessor, was against efforts to regulate emissions in Congress. He did accept that climate change is happening, but said he favors allowing the free-market to solve the problem.
When it comes to energy,...I believe markets, fueled by the consumer, should decide how to use the energy and what is the most efficient and cost-effective energy source. - Steve Watkins
Kansas 3: Sharice Davids won this seat in 2018, defeating Kevin Yoder, who previously represented this district with a position against efforts in Congress to address climate change. Sharice Davids holds more favorable views towards addressing the issue.
Climate change is real. Consequences are imminent. Action is needed. The future of our planet is not a partisan issue. - Sharice Davids
Kansas 4: Ron Estes won this seat that was formerly occupied by Mike Pompeo. Ron Estes had been vocally supportive of Trump's decisions on climate. He supported the U.S. exit from the Paris Climate Accord. He has seemed to accept that climate change is happening, while advocating a free-market approach. James Thompson challenged for the seat in 2018 with a more favorable view on addressing climate change, but lost.
The fact that U.S. emissions have remained relatively flat since 1990 shows how market innovation and efficiencies, not the heavy hand of centralized government, is the better way to address climate policies. - Ron Estes opinion contribution, The Hill, 2019

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See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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