Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
The U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and our top scientific institutions 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 North Carolina 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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Updated March, 2020
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Senator Richard Burr represents North Carolina in the Senate. He has voted against nearly every environmental effort that came his way, including all efforts to fight climate change. Richard Burr finally acknowledged in a vote that climate change is real, but still refuses to accept that humans are causing it. Thom Tillis is North Carolina's other senator. He also blocks efforts to address climate change. When asked, "Is climate change a fact?" Thom Tillis answered, "No."House of Representatives
"From the mountains to our coast, a healthy environment is one of our state’s biggest economic drivers. North Carolina needs a U.S. Senator who will protect North Carolina’s wonderful natural resources, work to address the impacts of climate change, and make sure all people – and generations to come – have clean water to drink and clean air to breathe." - Deborah Ross, Candidate (lost), 2016
District 1: G. K. Butterfield represents district 1 in North Carolina. He supports efforts in Congress to solve climate change.
"Every American, every family and every public official has a role to play addressing climate change and finding clean energy solutions that protect the air we breathe and the water we drink." - G. K. Butterfield
District 2: George Holding represents district 2. The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters gives Holding a 0% record for supporting the environment. In a press release, they say "Rep. George Holding put polluters' agendas ahead of the health of North Carolinians, environmental protections and action on climate change."
District 3: Walter Jones previously represented this district. He was on President Obama's list of climate change deniers. In 2019, Greg Murphy won the seat. Like Walter Jones did, Greg Murphy continues to propagate false claims about the causes of climate change.
Our climate has changed on this earth for millions and millions of years, whether we're causing it or not is up to some controversy. - Greg Murphy
District 4: David Price represents this North Carolina district. He supports efforts to solve climate change.
"Global climate change is perhaps the single greatest long-term threat to our nation's security and economic prosperity, and the scientific evidence linking it to human activity is now beyond dispute." - David Price Congressional Web Page
District 5: Virginia Foxx made President Obama's list of climate change deniers. She was quoted there implying that God is in control of the planet so humans need not address our effects on it.
District 6: Mark Walker represents district 6 in the northern part of the state. Mark Walker's position is that climate change is a political tool used by the left. He blocks progress in Congress on climate change and will not support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
"Climate change has become a political football and the secular left has used it to drive through restricting regulations that have damaged our economy. We can be green without being extreme. Much of the 'so-called' science of climate change is contested though it's made a few politicians quite wealthy. - Mark Walker"
District 7: David Rouzer represents district 7 which includes parts of coastal North Carolina. He denies climate change is real and says the earth has always had cyclical temperature changes. Of course, the problem with this view is that the effects of greenhouse gas emissions that result in increased global temperatures are ignored.
"The earth has been warming and cooling since day one. And you know, the effect on sea level change, what do we know about it?" - David Rouzer
District 8: District 8 includes Lexington, China Grove, Albemarle, Wadesboro, Monroe, Rockingham, Troy, and Laurinburg. Richard Hudson represents district 8 with a view that humans are not causing climate change. He denies climate change is real and does not support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. When asked if humans are causing climate change, Richard Hudson simply said, "No." He was on President Obama's list of Congress representatives blocking progress on climate change.
District 9: Dan McCready is running for this seat with a favorable position towards addressing climate change. Robert Pittenger previously represented district 9 with an ignorant or, at worst, intentionally misleading view on climate change. He is a denier of climate-science and blocked progress on solving climate change in Congress.
"We don't have the facts yet ... Those in my party understand that in some great measure this is a hoax." - Robert Pittenger
District 10: Patrick McHenry represents district 10 in central and northwestern North Carolina. He votes consistently against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, votes in favor of fossil fuel development, and votes against tax breaks for developing renewable energy.
District 11: Mark Meadows represents district 11, which includes most of the western portion of the state. He denies climate science and votes against any measure in Congress designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
District 12: District 12 includes parts of Charlotte, Greensboro, and High Point. Alma Adams represents the district. Her website says she is pushing for "policies that combat climate change, curb pollution, invest in renewable energy, and promote sustainable development solutions."
District 13: Ted Budd represents district 13. He has the support of the Club for Growth PAC, a political action committee that spent over $500,000 prior to the primary supporting Ted Budd. The Club for Growth group is anti-environment and opposed to action in Congress on addressing climate change.Governor
Former governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina maintained his position that climate change is a cause beyond his concern right up until he lost to Roy Cooper in 2016. Roy Cooper has favorable views towards addressing climate change and has taken steps to allow North Carolina to move forward.
"I don't get caught up in the 'quote' global warming debate because I frankly think there are some things that are out of our control. It's in God's hands. Frankly the world has been warming for a long time and back in the 70s if you look at the covers of Newsweek and Time we were getting cold." - Former Governor Pat McCrory
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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