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 Nevada 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

Nevada's Senator Harry Reid is not seeking re-election, leaving the door open for a new Senator for the state. Republican candidate Joe Heck denies climate change is a problem that needs to be addressed. He is opposed by Catherine Cortez Masto, who is an advocate for clean energy jobs for Nevada and fighting climate change.
"Joe Heck is a poster child for the Dirty Dozen, a climate change denier who would rather fight the expansion of clean renewable energy than protect the health of our families," - Nevada Conservation League Executive Director Andy Maggi
House 2016

District 1: Dina Titus is the incumbent representative in District 1, and she is an advocate for alternative energy in Nevada. She is a supporter of policies designed to reduce climate change. Mary Perry is her opponent - Mary Perry does NOT support regulating greenhouse gas emissions to reduce climate change. Mary Perry's campaign website indicates she is for reducing regulation on the fossil fuel industry and is against climate change efforts in Congress.
District 2: Mark Amodei is the incumbent representative in this district, and he has adopted the position that the science on climate change is unclear. He is against federal involvement in fighting climate change. Chip Evans, who favors efforts to move away from fossil fuels and fight climate change, is his challenger in 2016.
"I support the rapid move to sustainable, renewable energy sources and away from fossil fuels." - Chip Evans Campaign Website
District 3: Representative Heck, who denies climate change, is running for Senate, leaving this seat open. Jacky Rosen is running, and is a supporter of Nevada's alternative energy initiatives. She has the endorsement of conservation groups. Danny Tarkanian, Republican, is her opponent - he stands against conservation efforts, and dismisses climate change as 'fraudulent'. We hope Nevada district 3 sends Jacky Rosen to Congress.
District 4: Representative Cresent Hardy is the representative for district 5. Hardy is an opponent of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ruben Kihuen, who supports efforts to fight global warming and climate change, is running against Hardy in 2016. Ruben Kihuen is an advocate for Nevada's efforts to develop renewable energy sources. Also running is Libertarian Steve Brown - as a Libertarian party candidate, he can be counted on to be against all efforts on climate change.

Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada is not a supporter of efforts to address climate change. Asked about whether humans are causing climate change, he answered "I’m not qualified to answer that question."

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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