Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, leading companies in the oil industry (including Shell and British Petroleum), and nearly all credible experts 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 fossil fuels, and many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation for political reasons. While fossil fuel companies are generating enormous profits, we ultimately will bear the costs associated with extreme weather and rising sea levels. Representatives for New Jersey in the United States Congress have an important role in supporting efforts to solve the issue. We've researched every district and made it easy for you to lookup your representatives' positions on climate. Enter an address in the form below to find your House representative.
Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on ClimateThere are 435 representatives in the U.S. House and 100 in the Senate. Enter an address to find your district's representatives and their positions on climate.
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Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey supports efforts to address climate change, as does his colleague, senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
Today is a sad day for our nation, and for our planet. With the stroke of his pen, President Trump is doing serious damage to nearly a decade of progress on one of the most defining – and important – issues of our time. Climate change is an urgent economic and national security challenge that is already beginning to have disastrous effects. Senator Cory Booker, on Trump's decisions to end climate change efforts
District 1: Donald Norcross represents New Jersey 1. He has the support of the Sierra Club and stands with efforts to fight climate change.
District 2: In New Jersey 2, Frank LoBiondo, has the endorsement of conservation groups for standing with efforts to fight climate change. David Cole challenged in 2016 as a Republican with enough character to break with the Republican party on climate change.
Insurance premiums are skyrocketing because there’s no reason to believe that these exceptionally destructive storms will stop occurring. Even the US Global Research Program’s Climate and Health Assessment verified that with its recent prediction that extreme weather incidents will intensify in severity in the coming decades. Yet, when Republicans in Congress are faced with all this mounting evidence, they deny it. I, on the other hand, understand the realities of climate change. - Post from David Cole, Republican candidate, 2016
District 3: Tom MacArthur represents district 3 with an ignorant view on climate change and a voting record against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. His website says he opposes an "Obama-style cap and trade plan" and favors fossil fuel production, saying he supports "focusing on expanded, environmentally safe, domestic production of oil and gas, including the Keystone XL Pipeline." Fred LaVergne is challenging for the seat in 2018 with fighting climate change on his agenda.
"Is it true that some scientists still deny climate change? Sure – they’re called 'petro-geologists' – but their motives are suspect." - Fred LaVergne campaign website
District 4: We love when we can report that there are Republicans in New Jersey with pro-science stances on climate change. Chris Smith is such a Republican, and has backed legislation designed to move forward on the climate change problem. Chris Smith represents district 4 in New Jersey with an attempt to be Republican and have a mind and a backbone, but his voting record is not 100% in support of action on climate, and when it comes to voting, he has stood against many measures to fight climate change.
"Climate change is a global challenge that must be addressed with a global solution. The legislation I worked to have incorporated as Title II in the energy bill calls for an active, dedicated U.S. re-engagement in the effort to reach a global agreement on climate change." - Chris Smith
District 5: Josh Gottheimer won this seat in 2016, beating the former representative, Scott Garrett, who was part of the denial movement. Josh Gottheimer has the support of conservation groups and includes fighting climate change on his campaign issues.
"The real question that still exists in a lot of people's minds, experts and non-experts alike, on the area of global warming and what role the government should have in this realm. ... I've heard a number of experts on both sides of the equation on this issue and to me the evidence, the question is still out there." - Scott Garrett
District 6: Frank Pallone is an active supporter of climate change efforts, and has backed the global agreement in Paris and Obama's policies on energy. Frank Pallone includes fighting climate change as an official position in his office.
District 7: Leonard Lance is representing district 6, and is disappointing when it comes to climate change. The Republican once supported climate change efforts, but has turned anti-science and has voted against climate change efforts in Congress. Peter Jacob is among those challenging for this seat in 2018 and he has put fighting climate change on his agenda in his campaign.
"The most important issue of our lifetime, perhaps the issue that my generation will have to answer is climate change." - Peter Jacob
District 8: Albio Sires represents district 8 with a position supporting efforts on climate change. He accepts the views of climate scientists.
District 9: Bill Pascrell represents district 9. He is a supporter of clean energy solutions and is on the record in support of efforts to fight climate change.
District 10: Donald Payne, Jr. represents district 10 with a stance supporting efforts to fight climate change and develop renewable energy.
District 11: Rodney Frelinghuysen is the Republican representative for district 11. He says he believes humans cause climate change, sort of anyway. This puts him in a group with a very small percentage of Republicans. However, he is does not support efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Several challengers are lining up for 2018.
"Do I believe in climate change? I do, yeah. With the weather patterns over the past five years. … What causes it? Quite honestly, I don’t know. … Humans have some effect on climate change. There’s so many factors." - Rodney Frelinghuysen, 2011
"I recall being a young college student over 20 years ago first learning about the prospects of climate change. Our professors told us that if the use of fossil fuels and other man-made chemicals were not curtailed if not eclipsed entirely we would face Arctic ice melt, rising sea levels, intensive storms, extreme droughts and crop failures. It amazes me that despite being armed with this knowledge, our leaders in Washington did little to nothing to address these concerns. All of this and more has come true in the past 20 years." - Joseph Wenzel, 2016 candidate in district 11 in New Jersey
District 12: Bonnie Watson Coleman has the support of conservation groups and is a supporter of efforts to solve climate change in Congress.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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