Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and other 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 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 Ohio 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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U.S. Senate Ohio
Updated September 2019
Senator Rob Portman represents Ohio with a moderate view on climate change by Republican standards (he acknowledges it exists, and agrees that humans are causing climate change, but does not agree that humans are 'significantly' causing climate change). Thus, while backing a few efforts towards energy efficiency, he has voted to block all measures proposed in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Rob Portman has received enormous campaign contributions from the energy, oil and gas industry, and is viewed favorably by anti-environment groups that oppose efforts to address climate change. Ted Strickland challenged for Portman's senate seat in 2016. As governor for Ohio from 2007-2011, Strickland earned some respect from environmental groups for developing clean energy in the state, and conservation groups are backed Ted Strickland in the 2016 senate race, in part for his commitment to addressing climate change.U.S. House Representatives for Ohio
When it comes to energy policy, the contrast between Senator Portman and myself is very clear. Senator Portman doesn’t believe humans are significantly responsible for climate change and has voted to prevent the EPA from regulating carbon emissions. He's also voted to gut the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and has voted against tougher regulation of carcinogens like arsenic, benzene, and dioxin. At the same time, Senator Portman has voted again and again to protect tax breaks for large oil and gas companies. That's why Moms Clean Air Force said Senator Portman was 'leading the charge against clean air in Congress,' and the Sierra Club said Portman was 'acting on behalf of polluters who back him financially, rather than on behalf of Ohioans.' - Ted Strickland Campaign WebsiteSherrod Brown is Ohio's other senator. He holds a favorable view towards solving climate change.
Updated September 2019
District 1: Steve Chabot represents district 1 in Ohio, which includes parts of Cincinnati, with a view that climate change is not caused by humans. He opposes efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and repeatedly is quoted as saying science is inconclusive on climate change.
District 2: Brad Wenstrup represents district 2, which runs along the Ohio river in southwestern Ohio. Brad Wenstrup is has signed a "No Climate Tax Pledge" which could be summarized as a conservative commitment to do nothing about climate change pollution. He opposes regulating greenhouse gas emissions in Congress.
District 3: Joyce Beatty represents district 3, which includes part of Columbus. She supports efforts on climate change. John Adams challenged as a Republican, offering no indication he breaks with his party's position against addressing climate change pollution in Congress.
"The faith community agrees: climate change isn’t a GOP or Democratic issue—it’s a 'people issue.'" #ActOnClimate - Joyce Beatty on Twitter
District 4: District 4 includes Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Sidney. Jim Jordan represents the district with a view that opposes nearly all conservation and environment measures, and he voted against every proposed effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or address climate change in any way. He also voted for every bill that favored the fossil fuel industry. Jim Jordan favors more drilling and his voting record in Congress proves he is anti-environment. Janet Garrett challenged for this seat in 2018, with a position that favored addressing climate change.
"We have to begin to address climate crisis in a robust way or else we will not have a future. I think we're beyond the speculation on this." - Janet Garrett
District 5: District 5 in northwestern ohio is represented by Bob Latta. Bob Latta is against legislation to address climate change, arguing that reducing greenhouse gas pollution will raise energy costs, which will harm businesses in the district. Latta repeatedly refers to the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions while ignoring the costs and challenges future generations will face when dealing with climate change and more extreme weather. Bob Latta sides with coal fired power plants and energy companies on this issue, and would prefer that current pollution levels be allowed to continue.
"Over 86 percent of Ohio's electricity is generated by coal. The costs incurred from this legislation on electricity generators will be passed along to the consumers. Not only will farmers in my district, and throughout the country, be burdened with not being able to afford to operate their farms, this legislation will raise their electric rates, gasoline rates and place an even larger burden on their family." - From Bob Latta's statement on climate change legislation
District 6: District 6 is in a southeast portion of Ohio. Bill Johnson represents district 6 by calling the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "un-American". Bill Johnson referred to Obama's efforts to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants as a "war on coal". Coal-fired plants operated by power companies are a huge source of carbon pollution in this country, and there are several operating in this district. Michael Lorentz challenged in 2016 as a Democrat - we were not able to confirm his position on climate change - district 6 is heavily influenced by the presence of coal-based business in the area.
District 7: District 7 includes Canton and areas south and southeast of Cleveland and Akron. The district is represented by Bob Gibbs. Bob Gibbs is firmly against all legislation to address climate change that has come his way. He consistently votes to support the oil and fossil fuel industry.
District 8: District 8, which includes Hamilton, is represented by Warren Davidson. He holds anti-science views on climate change and is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
District 9: Marcy Kaptur represents district 9, a weird-shaped district that includes various small sections along Lake Erie. Marcy Kaptur is not consistently for the environment, but she has supported climate change legislation, notably by negotiating return favors in the form of renewable energy investments in her district.
District 10: Mike Turner represents this southwestern Ohio district and is on the record against regulating greenhouse gas emissions, claiming these measures will harm farmers.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in particular, has passed on an unprecedented number of regulations to our farming community. In response to this, I have cosponsored H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011. This legislation, which has passed the House and awaits Senate consideration, limits the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in respect to climate change. This also comes in response to the Clean Air Act, which includes planned restrictions on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases, to be implemented in 2012 and 2017. - Mike Turner's House website
District 11: Marcia Fudge represents this district that is situated in the Cleveland/Akron area. Marcia Fudge has voted to support efforts to address climate change in Congress. Beverly A. Goldstein recently challenged for the seat. Beverly Goldstein is on the record claiming climate science is not conclusive. She's argued against measures to reduce the pollution that causes climate change, saying these measures are harming the coal and energy business.
District 12: Troy Balderson represents this district after squeaking by a win to replace Pat Tiberi. Troy Balderson does not say much of anything about the climate. He is highly supportive of the current administration, and has the support and endorsements of groups opposed to climate solutions.
District 13: An area that includes Youngstown, District 13 is represented by Tim Ryan, who favors efforts to address climate change.
"We know climate change is a dangerous and growing threat to our children, our families and our national economy. As extreme weather continued to increase in strength and consistency it is even more important that we act now – we cannot afford to wait any longer to reduce our carbon pollution and begin to stem this tide. The Clean Power Plan is an opportunity to strengthen our communities and economy by investing in clean energy technologies and increasing our efficiency." - Tim Ryan
District 14: David Joyce represents district 14, a rural area that includes Geauga County and the northeast corner of the state. David Joyce has tried to appear to move to the center on the environment, but his voting record in Congress is nearly 100% anti-environment, and he is against efforts in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. David Joyce says he supports pushing for more drilling for oil. While claiming to want clean air, he is supporting more oil and coal development rather than reduced reliance on the fossil fuels that cause climate change. d
"We all want clean air, we all want clean water, but guess who's buying coal—China, India. No restrictions—they're burning it. My daughter was over there, she was in China, she was in Vietnam. In Vietnam it was crystal clear; her pictures in China looked like she was shooting them through a gray screen because of the smog. We should be selling them our technology and how to use it in a clean way, and selling them our coal." - David Joyce
"The science of climate change requires us to seek changes in our national strategy and comprehensive energy legislation to address this issue. We must balance environmental protection with economic stability and growth." - Michael Wager - 2016 Candidate
District 15: District 15 includes areas south of Columbus and the town of Athens. Steve Stivers represents the district by claiming that humans do not cause climate change. He's voted against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress, and was on the President Obama's list of representatives in Congress that are denying the facts on climate change. Steve Stivers' votes in Congress indicate that he is against developing clean energy and for allowing pollution from burning coal to continue unregulated. Steve Stivers has received numerous donations and support from fossil fuel companies.
District 16: District 16 includes areas east of Akron and parts of Cleveland. It was formerly represented by Jim Renacci, who is stood against regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Anthony Gonzalez won this seat as a Republican in 2018 and he has indicated he believes climate change is a real issue. We cannot yet report if he has stood for action on climate.
Ohio's Governor, Mike DeWine, accepts donations for fossil fuel industry and has stood against the EPA on the climate issue.
I know that human beings affect the climate. I know it's an apostasy in the Republican Party to say that. I guess that's what I've always been—being able to challenge some of the status quo. - Former Ohio Governor John Kasich
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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