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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections

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Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, leading companies in the oil industry (including Shell and British Petroleum), and nearly all 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 fossil fuels, and many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation for political reasons. 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. We've researched every district and made it easy for you to lookup your representatives' positions on climate. Enter an address in the form below to find your House representative.

Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on Climate

There are 435 representatives in the U.S. House and 100 in the Senate. Enter an address to find your district's representatives and their positions on climate.
Louisiana Representatives in the U.S. Senate
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana senator, denies climate change is happening. He has put forward numerous false 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." This claim has been resoundingly disproved. John Kennedy, Louisiana's other senator, is also a climate denier, implying that temperatures are rising, but he does not know why.
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, almost all of its candidates for Congress are against efforts to address the issue. This leaves the door open for several contenders and Louisiana has the chance to send a representative that respects science and the reality of man's role in climate change.

U.S. House of Representatives - Louisiana

Louisiana 1: This district is represented by Steve Scalise, who holds backwards views about climate science. Scalise was on President Obama's list of representatives blocking progress in Congress on the climate change issue. The district includes parts of Lake Pontchartrain and the delta, which seem to be experiencing some negative effects of climate change already. Louisiana's other rep
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 with a view that is opposed to addressing climate change and sea level rise. Besides denying science, he says the costs to solve these problems are too high.
Louisiana 4: Mike Johnson represents district 4 with a view that is opposed to addressing climate change. He supported leaving the Paris accord and questions climate science, blaming it on natural cycles and using other flawed arguments.
The problem with the climate debate is there are facts on both sides. - Mike Johnson
Louisiana 5: Ralph Abraham represents district 5, a Republican who does not break with his party on climate change.
Louisiana 6: Garret Graves, in a breath of fresh air, is a Republican breaking with his party to say he accepts the science on climate change.
"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.

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