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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 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

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). While backing some efforts towards energy efficiency, he has so far not supported measures proposed in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through some form of regulation. Rob Portman has received enormous campaign contributions from the energy, oil and gas industry, and has been viewed favorably by anti-environment groups that oppose efforts to address climate change. Ted Strickland challenged for Portman's senate seat in 2016.
I support addressing climate change but we must do so by working together on common-sense solutions that don't jeopardize jobs and our economy. During my career in the House and Senate, I have a long history of working on this issue in a bipartisan way and that will continue to be my approach. - Rob Portman, on rejecting the Green New Deal
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 Website
Sherrod Brown is Ohio's other senator. He holds a favorable view towards solving climate change.
U.S. House Representatives for Ohio
Last District Updates 2021

District 1: Steve Chabot represents district 1 in Ohio, which includes parts of Cincinnati. He has opposed efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and repeatedly has questioned climate change.
District 2: Brad Wenstrup represents district 2, which runs along the Ohio river in southwestern Ohio. Brad Wenstrup has signed a "No Climate Tax Pledge" which could be summarized as a conservative commitment to avoid regulating 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.
"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 has voted against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. He has also voted for just about every bill that favored the fossil fuel industry.
District 5: District 5 in northwestern ohio is represented by Bob Latta. Bob Latta has generally stood against legislation to address climate change, arguing that reducing greenhouse gas pollution will raise energy costs, which will harm businesses in the district.
"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".
District 7: District 7 includes Canton and areas south and southeast of Cleveland and Akron. The district is represented by Bob Gibbs.  Bob Gibbs has stood against legislation to address climate change. He has consistently voted to support the oil and fossil fuel industry.
District 8: District 8, which includes Hamilton, is represented by Warren Davidson. He has questioned climate change and has not supported regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
And while I'm not indifferent to climate change, I'm not saying it's a total falsity and I'm not saying it's a certainty. - Warren Davidson, 2017 quoted by Butler Journal-News
District 9: Marcy Kaptur represents district 9, a weird-shaped district that includes various small sections along Lake Erie. Marcy Kaptur has not consistently voted for the environment in Congress, 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.
District 12: Troy Balderson represents this district after squeaking by a win to replace Pat TiberiTroy Balderson does not say much we can find about the climate. He 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 has been nearly 100% anti-environment, and he has stood against efforts in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. David Joyce has also said he supports pushing for more drilling for oil.
"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. He has, in the past, indicated he is not sure humans cause climate change. He's voted against efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Congress, and was on the BarackObama.com list of representatives in Congress that were questioning climate change. Recently, he joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, and has advocated for other solutions, but he did not express support for regulating the pollution that causes climate change.
The climate is changing, there is no denying that, but we have got to move beyond the debates of the past and join forces in finding solutions. That's why I’m proud to join this caucus; its goal is right there in the name – solutions. We need to work together to balance environmental protections, incentivize innovations, while supporting access to affordable energy that can meet our daily needs, and I am confident that this bipartisan group is going to lead that discussion. - Steve Stivers
District 16: District 16 includes areas east of Akron and parts of Cleveland. It was formerly represented by Jim Renacci, who has 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.

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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