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Our top scientific institutions, including the U.S. military, NASA, and NOAA all 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 coal and oil. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation about the climate. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for Nebraska in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. Find your representatives and their positions on climate by using the form below.

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Nebraska senator Deb Fischer has, in the past, questioned the conclusion that humans are causing significant climate change. More recently, Deb Fischer has supported a measure to give farmers access to carbon credits, which seems to indicate she accepts climate change. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska has in the past voted against regulations to address climate change. He voted to cancel the clean power plan. More recently, he has made statements that suggest he accepts climate change but differs on how to address it.
I think reasonable people can differ about how much or and how rapidly, but I think its clear that its changing and humans are a contributing factor. I think the real question is what you do about it. Ben Sasse, 2018, quoted by APNews
Nebraska's farmers and ranchers have long been good stewards of the land and innovators of ways to conserve our precious natural resources. By reducing barriers to carbon credit markets, Senator Braun's bipartisan legislation will enable more ag producers to be part of the climate solution and it will help them expand on existing practices. - Deb Fischer., quoted by Omaha World Herald
U.S. House of Representatives
District 1: Jeff Fortenberry says he supports development of alternative energy but has mostly voted anti-environment. He has discussed climate change but has voted against proposals designed to curb climate change. He supported the U.S. exit from the Paris Climate Accord.
There is more carbon now than before. Carbon is the issue. So how we move forward to address volatility in weather, environmental issues that are essential to us all, cleaner air, cleaner water. We have to build out our wind and solar, which we're doing a good job of. And we have to move forward to a more sustainable economy. Jeff Fortenberry, 2020, quoted by NetNebraska
District 1: Republican Don Bacon is on the House climate change caucus, which might give the impression he is on board with solving the issue. He has, in the past, questioned the scientific conclusion that humans are causing significant climate change. More recently, he seems to have acknowledged climate change and acknowledged a need for investment in innovations. He has supported some measures to advance alternative energy. He indicated he supports a variety of solutions, including carbon capture in a 2021 interview.
I don't think we know for certain how much of climate change is being caused by normal cyclical changes in weather vs. human causes. - Don Bacon
In regards to climate change, there is no doubt temperatures are changing. We need to further study how much humans are responsible as opposed to natural causes, and from there take measures to protect our earth for future generations. - Don Bacon, 2018, on Twitter
District 3: Adrian Smith has represented district 3 with a position against regulating greenhouse gas emissions. In the past, he had voted to cancel regulations designed to reduce pollution that causes climate change. More recently, he does not deny climate science, but suggests he supports other solutions besides regulations.
Maintaining a healthy environment and a strong energy industry do not have to be mutually exclusive. The United States leads the world in efficient energy and energy science research. From 2005-2017, the United States reduced more carbon emissions than the next 12 countries combined. With an expanding market for efficient and environmentally-friendly energy, we have seen more focus on innovation and new technology for energy in the private sector. However, in the 116th Congress, we have also seen numerous efforts to implement one-size-fits-all mandates which could hamstring existing efforts. As we have seen with every other government interference in the marketplace, innovation would suffer significantly. - Adrian Smith, statement on House website
Nebraskans are deeply committed to conserving our land and natural resources. Unfortunately, the Obama administration has issued unilateral climate change regulations that threaten economic growth. Earlier this year, I voted to block these very climate change regulations, and will continue to oppose efforts to force Nebraskans to suffer higher energy costs for negligible results. - Adrian Smith, 2016, quoted by Lincoln Journal Star

Disclaimer: The statements and comments about representatives positions are the opinion of the writer. We try to include accurate information and base the representative and candidate positions on a variety of reliable sources. Sources include reputable reporting on candidates' past statements, campaign websites, press coverage of campaigns and representatives, votes in Congress on issues, and party affiliation. If you feel we are missing something, let us know. Please contact us to suggest a correction or request an update. Individual representatives and districts are updated periodically, but may at times become outdated. These statements are opinions related to how the U.S. Congress is responding to a national security and public health issue, but should be treated as opinions.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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