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Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections


The U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and our top scientific institutions 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma
Updated February 3, 2018
James Lankford represents Oklahoma in the Senate by misrepresenting science on climate change. He 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.
"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 was also on President Obama's list of members of Congress who obstruct progress on climate change.  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".
"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." - misinformation from Jim Inhofe
Oklahoma, United States House of Representatives

District 1: Jim Bridenstine is retiring the district 1 in northeast Oklahoma. He has represented 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. Several Republican candidates are lining up to run for the seat in 2018.
"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, spreading climate misinformation
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. Jason Nichols is challenging for this seat in 2018, along with several Republicans, without including 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.
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. Several challengers are lining up for the race in 2018. We'll try to update soon, so let us know if a candidate supports the climate change issue.
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 2018. Without specifically listing climate change on his campaign website, he expresses an interest in supporting environmental efforts in Congress. Several other candidates are lining up for the 2018 race as well.
"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

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