Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | 2016 Elections

North Carolina

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 North Carolina 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

Senator Richard Burr is up for re-election in 2016. 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. Deborah Ross is challenging Burr in 2016 and has the endorsement of conservation groups. 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." Thom Tillis is not up for re-election in 2016.
"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
House 2016

District 1: G. K. Butterfield represents district 1 in North Carolina. He supports efforts in Congress to solve climate change. H. Powell Dew is challenging as a Republican. We have not found any indication he breaks with his party's stance against Congressional efforts 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." John McNeil is challenging for this seat. He acknowledges the threats of climate change and includes taking action on climate change in his campaign positions.
District 3: Walter Jones is on the President's list of climate change deniers. He continues to propagate false claims that the scientists do not agree on the causes of climate change, and blocks Congressional legislation designed to mitigate the problem. Ernest Reeves is challenging for this seat in 2016. When asked about climate change, he said, "Climate change is serious. I believe that humans can do more to protect the environment. No comment on what policies should be adopted at this time."
District 4: David Price represents this North Carolina district. He supports efforts to solve climate change. Sue Googe is challenging as a Republican, saying she will support "common-sense" positions on the environment, and giving no indication she breaks with her party's position against regulating greenhouse gas pollution.
"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 makes our job easy by making the President's list of climate change deniers. She is quoted there implying that God is in control of the planet so humans need not address our effects on it. Josh Brannon is challenging for this seat in 2016. When asked about his climate change views, he said, "I believe climate change is the biggest and most urgent problem the world faces, but I believe that it, like many other issues (including the others you mention), is a problem that can't get solved politically until we are able to take the corrupting influence of big money out of politics."
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. Pete Glidewell is challenging in 2016 - he accepts climate science and believes we should reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"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. J. Wesley Casteen is challenging as a Democrat without including climate change as an issue in his campaign, and we think we've found indications he does not support efforts on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"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 is on the President's list of Congress representatives blocking progress on climate change. Thomas Mills is challenging for this seat. He is an interesting candidate seeking to overthrow Republican ignorance in this district.
"Only in America is there widespread doubt about climate change–and that only comes from one party. One candidate even went so far as to say we should be worried about a looming Ice Age. So much for science." - Thomas Mills, North Carolina district 8 candidate
District 9: Robert Pittenger represents district 9 with an ignorant or, at worst, intentionally misleading view on climate change. He is a denier of climate-science and blocks progress on solving climate change in Congress. Christian Cano is challenging in 2016 and lists climate change as a priority in his campaign.
"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. Andy Millard is challenging for this seat in 2016. Andy Millard accepts the conclusions of climate science and includes climate change as an issue in his campaign.
"The debate over climate change is over. We know that man is having an effect on the environment; we need to recognize it and do what we can to minimize it. We need to move away from fossil fuels and toward clean renewables as fast as possible." - Andy Millard
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. Rick Bryson is challenging in 2016. His campaign issues include fighting Republican efforts to break the Environmental Protection Agency.
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." Leon Threatt is challenging as a Republican without listing climate change as an issue or indicating he breaks with his party's stance against Congressional efforts to fight climate change.
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. Bruce Davis is challenging for this seat in 2016. He accepts the conclusions of scientists studying climate change and supports action in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina maintains his position that climate change is a cause beyond his concern.
"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." - Gov. Pat McCrory

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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