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 Kentucky 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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Kentucky is being represented mostly by politicians who are clinging to the position that climate change is not occurring or that humans is not causing climate change. These beliefs are, of course, contrary to the conclusions of climate scientists. Notably, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin considers the science of climate change to be "fluff and theory".

Senate 2016

Rand Paul is up for election for Senate in 2016. He is also a notable opponent of science on climate change, preferring his own beliefs which run contrary to the conclusions of scientists. Jim Gray, Ron Leach, and Rory Houlihan are running as Democrats without taking an active position on climate change in this heavily coal influenced state.

House 2016

Kentucky 1: Ed Whitfield represents this KY district with a view that climate change science is falsified, illegitimate, and misrepresented as part of some other agenda, which has landed Ed Whitfield on the President's list of representatives denying climate change and blocking progress in Congress. Ed Whitfield is retiring, and several candidates are running to replace him.

Candidates running to continue a policy of ignorance on climate science in favor of the interests of fossil fuel companies include Jason Batts, Miles Caughey, James Comer, Mike Pape. One of these candidates will face Sam Gaskins, Democrat, whose position on climate change is not clear.

Kentucky 2: While not outright denying climate change is happening, Brett Guthrie represents Kentucky 2 with a position against regulating greenhouse gases and against government action on climate change, which he considers a "war on coal".

Kentucky 3: John Yarmuth represents this district. He accepts climate change science and says he is for progress towards addressing the problem.

Kentucky 4: Incumbent Thomas Massie does not believe humans are causing climate change, and is on the President's list of representatives in Congress blocking progress on addressing the issue. Challenging Massie in 2016 is Democrat Calvin Sidle, who accepts climate change and includes the issue in his campaign.

"Our environment is being affected by our behavior. We are experiencing the warmest years on record and unless we act soon we could cause irreparable harm." - from the website of Calvin Sindle, candidate in Kentucky 4

Kentucky 5: Hal Rogers represents this district with an ignorant view on climate change. John Burk Jr. is challenging Rogers with a similar view against the science of climate change.

Kentucky 6: Andy Barr represents this district with the unbelievably problematic view that coal causes climate change, but when the President advocates for solutions, he is discriminating against coal.

"Coal does contribute to climate change - Andy Barr"

"I have opposed at every turn the President'€™s Climate Action Plan that would prevent the construction of new coal plants and gradually shutter existing facilities." - Andy Barr

Roger Brill is challenging as a Republican in Kentucky 6 without including climate change as an issue in his campaign. Nancy Jo Kemper and Geoff Young are challenging for this seat, and they both accept climate science and support efforts on climate change.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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