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North Carolina

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 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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United States Senate

Senator Richard Burr represents North Carolina in the Senate. He has voted against environmental efforts, including efforts to fight climate change. Richard Burr finally acknowledged in a vote that climate change is real, but still refused to accept that humans are causing it. His stances and statements are shifting, but it is to be determined if he'll ever support action on climate. Thom Tillis is North Carolina's other senator. He also has blocked efforts to address climate change. When asked, "Is climate change a fact?" Thom Tillis answered, "No."
"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
House of Representatives

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: Deborah Ross won this district in 2020. She is a supporter of efforts to address climate change. George Holding previously represented district 2. The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters gave Holding a 0% record for supporting the environment. In a press release, they said "Rep. George Holding put polluters' agendas ahead of the health of North Carolinians, environmental protections and action on climate change." More recently, regarding a changing climate, Holding said "I think human activity has all sorts of impact on the environment."
Climate change is an immediate and existential threat, and we must take action to address it. I support modernizing our electric grid to increase the distribution of renewable energy, creating incentives to expedite battery storage for intermittent renewable resources, and banning offshore drilling - Deborah Ross
District 3: Walter Jones previously represented this district. He was on the BarackObama.com list of members of Congress who had been standing against regulations to address the causes of climate change. In 2019, Greg Murphy won the seat. Like Walter Jones did, Greg Murphy continues to propagate misleading 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 the BarackObama.com list of members of Congress who had been standing against regulations to address the causes of climate change. She was quoted there implying that God is in control of the planet so humans need not address our effects on it.
District 6: Kathy Manning represents this district. She is a supporter of efforts to address climate change. Mark Walker previously represented district 6 in the northern part of the state. Mark Walker's suggested that climate change is a political tool used by the left. He blocked progress in Congress on climate change.
"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 has questioned climate change science and says the earth has always had cyclical temperature changes.
"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: Richard Hudson represents district 8 with a view that humans are not causing climate change. He does not support efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. When asked if humans are causing climate change, Richard Hudson simply said, "No." He was on the BarackObama.com list of Congress representatives that were against regulations to address climate change.
District 9: Dan Bishop represents district 9. He has voted anti environment and stated on Twitter that "The far left expects you to lay your job down at the altar of climate change." Dan McCready ran for this seat with a favorable position towards addressing climate change. Robert Pittenger previously represented district 9. He questioned 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 has voted consistently against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, voted in favor of fossil fuel development, and voted against tax breaks for developing renewable energy.
District 11: Madison Cawthorn represents district 11. He acknowledge climate change but seems opposed to regulations to address climate change. Mark Meadows previously represented district 11, which includes most of the western portion of the state. He had a poor record on climate and environment, but more recently acknowledge that climate change is an issue.
I believe that humans are contributing to a change in the Earth, but where we differ with liberals is on how much. I would argue it's pretty minimal. - Madison Cawthorn, 2020, quoted by BuzzFeed News
The Paris agreement put other country's (sic) environmental wish lists over the needs of the American people. I do support comprehensive innovations that reduce emissions, but they must not come at the cost of our citizenry. - Madison Cawthorn, 2020, quoted by BuzzFeed News
I believe that changes to the environment and the warming of the earth may be impacted in part by human actions, but I reject the notion that in order to fix the environment one must neglect the economy. - Madison Cawthorn quoted by Citizen Times
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 had the support of groups opposed to proposals in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Recently, when asked about climate change, Ted Budd said "It is obvious that humans have some impact on the environment."

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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