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 Maryland 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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Senate 2016

Chris Van Hollen is running as an advocate for efforts to fight climate change. Running against her is Kathy Szeliga, a Republican falling predictably in line with her party, holding anti-science positions on climate change, and blocking efforts towards progress on solving the problem.

House 2016

District 1: Andy Harris, Republican incumbent representative for Maryland denies the reality of climate change. He is being challenged in 2016 by Democrat Joe Werner.
District 2: Dutch Ruppersberger supports efforts on climate change and is running as the incumbent in district 2. Challenging him is Pat McDonough, Republican, who seems to fall in line with his party against efforts on climate change.
District 3: John Sarbanes is the incumbent, and he advocates for solutions and bi-partisan efforts on climate change. Running against him is Mark Plaster, who is against efforts to stop climate change.
District 4: Anthony G. Brown vs. Republican George McDermott - we think George McDermott falls in line with his party against climate change efforts.
District 5: Steny Hoyer believes climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed now. Mark Arness is the Republican challenger in this district - his campaign does not include climate change as an issue and we find no evidence he breaks from his party's ignorant stance on global warming.
District 6: John Delaney is the sitting representative, a proponent of efforts to prevent climate change. Amie Hoeber is on the record as being against programs and efforts designed to fight climate change.
District 7: Elijah Cummings is the incumbent, and is an advocate for efforts to fight climate change. Corrogan Vaughn is the Republican challenger; Corrogan Vaughn says he does not believe climate change is a problem.
District 8: Jamie Raskin is a proponent for efforts to fight climate change. Opponent Dan Cox is not.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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