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.

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Louisiana Senate 2016
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. Senator David Vitter, who does not accept climate change science and blocks progress on the problem, is not running for reelection. 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. Candidates include Charles Boustany, who is against measures designed to reduce greenhouse gases that cause climate change, John Fleming, a climate change denier, and Joseph Cao, who does not list climate change as an issue in his campaign. Josh Pellerin, a former energy executive, has switched parties and is running as a Democrat without offering anything to indicate he accepts climate science. Derrick Edwards and Caroline Fayard are running as a Democrats, also without listing climate change as an issue in their campaigns. Foster Campbell, a Democrat and candidate for this Senate seat in 2016, seems to be the only 2016 candidate for Senate in Louisiana that accept climate science.
I agree with the Pope. He believes we have global warming...Nineteen out of the top 20 scientists in the world believe we have global warming. It's because of problems we've done as humans. It's a priority with me. - Foster Campbell
Bill Cassidy, Louisiana's other Republican senator, also 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.
Louisiana House 2016

Louisiana 1: This district is represented by Steve Scalise, who holds backwards views about climate science. Scalise is on the President'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.  Opposing candidates include Joseph Swider and Lee Ann Dugas, who are not saying much about the subject. Danil Faust is the only candidate we could identify in this district with views that support efforts to deal with climate change.
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. Kip Holden and Kenneth Cutno are also running for this seat without saying much on the subject.
Louisiana 3: Charles Boustany, who denies climate change science is real, is running for Senate, leaving the seat open for Republicans Scott Angelle, Greg Ellison and other Republicans who deny climate change science. We're looking for a credible candidate on climate change in this district. Guy McLendon, as a Libertarian, can be counted on to be against efforts to solve climate change. Scott Angelle is an adamant supporter of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana. Larry Rader has said climate change is real on Twitter, and that is all we can find in support of climate science from this district's candidates, who surely feel the heat from the oil industry there.
Louisiana 4: John Fleming, denier of climate science, is running for Senate. Running for this Seat are Republicans Trey Baucum and Elbert Guillory, among others, none of which support efforts on climate change. Marshall Jones is running as a Democrat.  He says he'll work to protect the environment but has no mention of climate change in his campaign.
Louisiana 5: Ralph Abraham represents district 5, a Republican who does not break with his party on climate change.  Republican Billy Burkette is also running in 2016 without indicating he breaks with his party's stance against efforts 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. Republican candidate Lenar Whitney says climate change is a hoax, Democrat Jermaine Sampson does not list climate change as an issue in his campaign.
"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.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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