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 Michigan 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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District 1: Jack Bergman is the representative for this district, and he made the president's list of representatives in congress who deny climate change science. His opponent Lon Johnson recognizes that climate change as a problem.
District 2: Bill Huizenga represents this district in Congress with a position of denial on climate change, and he regurgitates ignorant, anti-science views on the subject. Dennis B. Murphy is his Democratic challenger for the seat.
"Today's global warming doomsayers simply lack the scientific evidence to support their claims. A host of leaders in the scientific community have recognized that the argument for drastic anthropogenic global warming is no longer based on science, but is being driven by irrational fanaticism." - Bill Huizenga
District 3: Justin Amash is the Republican incumbent, advocating minimum environmental protection efforts, and having no indication of supporting efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Douglas Smith is his Democratic challenger - we have not been able to clarify his position on climate change.
District 4: John Moolenaar is an unopposed incumbent, consistently voting anti-environment.
District 5: Dan Kildee represents this district with a pro-environment stance on climate change. Al Hardwick is challenging as a Republican without listing climate change as an issue in his campaign.
District 6: Fred Upton represents this district as a denier of climate change science. His position is against progress on climate change. Paul Clements is challenging, and addressing climate change is an issue in his campaign is running on.
"No matter what we did between now and 2050 it, it, there was no real science to verify that it would reduce the temperature rise that some predicted." - Fred Upton
District 7: Tim Walberg is representing this district with a position in denial of climate change. He says he's read that the science is unclear on the matter. Gretchen Driskell is challenging with a pro-environment stance, and has won the endorsement of the Sierra Club.
"I read scientists, editors ... an equal number at the very least that say just the opposite that this is something that's gone on for eons, that we go through these cycles." - Tim Walberg, District 7 Michigan
District 8: Mike Bishop represents district 8 with an opinion that humans are not causing climate change. Suzanna Shkreli is challenging as a Democrat, but we are unclear if climate change is an issue in her campaign.
District 9: Sander Levin is the incumbent, and has stood up for efforts on climate change in Congress. Christopher Morse is challenging as a Republican and we find no evidence that he is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on the climate change problem.
District 10: The incumbent is retiring, leaving the door open for a new candidate. Paul Mitchell is running as a Republican - we are unable to clarify his position on climate change and global warming. Frank Accavitti Jr. is the Democratic candidate; he is a supporter of alternative energy.
District 11: Dave Trott represents this district with an anti-environment record, and a record of voting against climate change efforts in Congress. Anil Kumar is challenging, and is including addressing climate change in his campaign themes.
District 12: Debbie Dingell represents district 11, and is an advocate for solutions on climate change. She is being challenged by Republican Jeff Jones, who does not include climate change in his issues list.
District 13: John Conyers represents district 13 with a record that supports efforts to curb climate change. Jeff Gorman is challenging as a republican - he is on record as not believing that humans cause climate change, and as being against efforts to slow greenhouse gas emissions in order to stop climate change.
District 14: Brenda Lawrence represents district 14 with a stance that is supportive of efforts to stop climate change. Howard Klausner is challenging as a republican - we could find no evidence he is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on the issue.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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