Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | 2016 Elections


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.

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U.S. Senate Oklahoma 2016

James Lankford represents Oklahoma in the Senate by ignoring science in favor of his own interpretation of reality. After decades of studying the climate, scientists have reached a conclusion. James Lankford says the conclusion that the climate is warming is "a myth". He is blocking efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and favors legislation that assists the oil and coal industry. James Lankford is clinging to beliefs that man cannot affect the planet's health, even as man is likely causing earthquakes in Oklahoma by extracting fossil fuels. Constance N. Johnson is challenging in 2016 for this seat but she is not taking much of a stand on climate change.
"This whole global warming myth will be exposed as what it really is—a way of control more than anything else. And that generation will be ticked." - James Lankford
Jim Inhofe is Oklahoma's other Senator. Jim Inhofe is also on the President's list of members of Congress who deny climate change reality.  He is regarded as one of the worst offenders in Congress when it comes to spreading misrepresentations about climate change. He considers the problem a "hoax". Jim Inhofe is not up for election in 2016.
"I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax. That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation's top climate scientists." - Jim Inhofe
Oklahoma House

District 1: Jim Bridenstine represents district 1 in northeast Oklahoma by spreading his own ideas about climate change in Congress. He is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and is blocking progress on this issue. He is running unopposed in 2016.
"Mr. Speaker, global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago. Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with Sun output and ocean cycles. During the Medieval Warm Period from 800 to 1300 A.D.—long before cars, power plants, or the Industrial Revolution—temperatures were warmer than today. During the Little Ice Age from 1300 to 1900 A.D., temperatures were cooler. Neither of these periods were caused by any human activity." - Jim Bridenstine
District 2: Markwayne Mullin represents district 2 with an opposition to efforts to solve climate change. He dismisses global warming and does not recognize that Oklahoma is likely already seeing observable effects of climate change. Joshua Harris-Till is challenging for this seat in 2016 with addressing climate change on his campaign's issues list.
District 3: Frank Lucas represents district 3 by misrepresenting climate science and blocking progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He is against the EPA's efforts at regulating the pollution causing climate change, and would prefer letting the free market work it out on its own. Frankie Robbins is challenging for this seat in 2016, and has committed to addressing climate change if elected.
District 4: Tom Cole represents district 4, which includes parts, but not all, of Oklahoma City.  He supports most legislation that favors the fossil fuel industry, and opposes efforts in Congress to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Christina Owen is challenging in 2016 for this seat, indicating she is disappointed with Oklahoma's legislators records on climate change.
District 5: This district includes parts, but not all, of Oklahoma City.  Steve Russell represents district five with a 'drill baby drill' mentality. He is against regulating greenhouse gas emissions and is generally supportive of legislation that favors the fossil fuel industry. Tom Guild is challenging for this seat in 2016. Without specifically listing climate change on his campaign website, he expresses an interest in supporting environmental efforts in Congress.
"We face difficult challenges in dealing with the environment and climate change. In Congress I look forward to supporting reasonable and effective regulations that protect the environment. At the same time, we must work tirelessly to ensure that we have clean air and clean water. As we protect our environment, we must be sure that we implement prudent policies that foster good paying jobs and help maintain a vibrant and healthy U.S. economy." - Tom Guild Website

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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