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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | 2016 Elections

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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 Missouri 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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Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri is blocking progress on climate change, preferring his own views on the subject rather than those of scientists. Jason Kander is running for this seat in 2016, and is promising to take action on climate change. Jonathan Dine is running as a libertarian, a party that is against science and against taking action to prevent climate change.
"There isn't any real science to say we are altering the climate path of the earth." - Senator Roy Blunt from Missouri
Missouri's other senator, Claire McCaskill, accepts that climate change is real but is not supportive of legislation intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Claire McCaskill also breaks with her Democratic party to lean towards support of legislation that favors fossil fuel business. She is not up for re-election until 2018.


House 2016

District 1: William Lacy Clay represents this district with a positive stance on fighting climate change. Steven Bailey is the Republican opponent in 2016, and we could not find any evidence that he is breaking with his party's anti-science stance on climate change.
District 2: Ann Wagner represents district 2, and she denies the findings of climate change scientists. She is being challenged in 2016 by Bill Otto, who accepts the findings of science and supports efforts to curb greenhouse gasses to fight climate change.
"Our policy response to this dilemma should not be based on inconsistent and unsound science..." - Ann Wagner, Missouri
District 3: Kevin Miller is challenging for this seat as a Democrat in 2016.  We could not find his position on climate change. Blaine Luetkemeyer represents this district with a position that landed him on the President's list of climate change deniers in congress. Luetkemeyer is blocking efforts to pass legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 4: Gordon Christensen is challenging for this seat in 2016 - he accepts climate change science. Vicky Hartzler is the Republican incumbent, and she displays considerable ignorance about climate change.
"Enjoying another beautiful global warming day in Missouri! Rep. Skelton and the UN Summit need to quit their dist. of wealth for a hoax." - Vicky Hartzler, Missouri
District 5: Emanuel Cleaver represents this district with a positive stance on fixing climate change. Jacob Turk is challenging as a Republican, indicating the he considers people who support efforts on climate change to be "extremists".
"Climate change does not have to be a partisan issue. It is about people. If we continue down the road we are on without taking action on climate change, people will suffer. There can be a path to protect people from the negative effects of climate change, if we come together to achieve it." - Emanuel Cleaver on Facebook
District 6: Sam Graves represents this district by introducing legislation designed to stop efforts by the EPA to take action to prevent climate change. David Blackwell is challenging for this seat as a Democrat.
District 7: Genevieve Williams is challenging for this seat with a position favoring renewable energy. Billy Long is the Republican representative for this district, and he is fighting against efforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"I do not believe petroleum is the fuel of the future. We need to move toward secure and domestic sources of clean sustainable energy so we can continue to fuel the growth of our great nation with our expansive natural resources as we always have." - Genevieve Williams campaign website
District 8: Dave Cowell is challenging for this seat, promising to fight for climate change legislation. Jason Smith currently represents this district with a view that the effects of climate change are "uncertain", so no action should be taken.


See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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