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 Louisiana 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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Louisiana Representatives in the U.S. Senate
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana senator, has, in the past, questioned whether climate change is happening. He has put forward numerous questionable statements on the subject, including saying "global temperatures have not risen for fifteen years, so there might be climate change but we're not seeing that reflected in temperatures." More recently, he has acknowledged climate change is real, while remaining supportive of fossil fuels and standing against regulating carbon. He questions what solutions are available, and has indicated a support for natural gas.
John Kennedy, Louisiana's other senator, has also stood against regulations to address climate change, implying that temperatures are rising, but he does not know why. He has said any solutions should be market-based.
I think we have so much to do to socialize the idea that you will decrease global greenhouse gas emissions with more widespread deployment of natural gas. - Bill Cassidy, quoted in E&E News
Louisiana has experienced more than its share of events that may already be attributable to global warming and climate change, and although it is considered one of the states most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, many of its representatives in Congress are against efforts to address the issue.
U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana
Last District Updates 2021
Louisiana 1: This district is represented by Steve Scalise. Scalise was on the BarackObama.com list of representatives blocking progress in Congress on the climate change issue. He again seemed to shift attention away from the climate change issue in an interview in 2019, where he said the temperature "goes up and down". The district includes parts of Lake Pontchartrain and the delta, which seem to be experiencing some negative effects of climate change already.
Louisiana 2: Cedric Richmond represents this district, which includes most of New Orleans, with a view that largely favors addressing climate change. Cedric Richmond has a fairly good record of voting in support of efforts on climate change in Congress. He's a one-of-a-kind example in Louisiana.
Louisiana 3: Clay Higgins represents district 3 in Louisiana. He has suggested he is opposed to regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has said the costs to solve these problems are too high. He mentioned manipulated data and questioned the degree of human influence of climate change in an interview with Miles O'Brien.
Louisiana 4: Mike Johnson represents district 4. He supported leaving the Paris accord and has questioned climate science, blaming it on natural cycles.
The climate is changing, but the question is is it being caused by natural cycles over the span of the Earth's history or is it changing because we drive SUVs? I don't believe in the latter. I don't think that's the primary driver. - Mike Johnson quoted by Shreveport Times at a town hall
The problem with the climate debate is there are facts on both sides. - Mike Johnson
Louisiana 5: Luke Letlow was elected to district 5, but regretfully passed away. Julia Letlow won a special election to represent district 5. We do not currently have information about her stance on climate change.
Louisiana 6: Garret Graves is a Republican that accepts that climate change is happening.
"For us to stick our heads in the sand and pretend it's not happening is idiotic, and it puts the lives of 2 million people who live in south Louisiana in jeopardy." - Garret Graves
Unfortunately, Garret Graves does not appear to support regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming and climate change. He says he supports measures to adapt to the effects of climate change.
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