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 Rhode Island 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
Updated February 3, 2018
Updated February 3, 2018
Rhode Island is represented in the U.S. Senate by Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse. Both are supporters of efforts to address climate change. Sheldon Whitehouse is a loud, outspoken critic of the fossil fuel industry's attack on climate science and what the dismissal of the climate change issue means for Rhode Island. Jack Reed is also on point on climate change.U.S. House of Representatives
We are already shouldering the costs of climate change as Americans, and these costs are increasing. Climate change is driving severe drought and wildfires in the West, larger and more frequent floods in the Midwest, and sea level rise and greater storm damage along our coasts. Vulnerable populations, like children with asthma and the elderly, are suffering from higher levels of smog in our cities and longer and more severe heat waves. Farmers and ranchers are struggling with crop and livestock losses from drought. Increasingly, acidic oceans are harming shellfish populations and threatening fisheries. Communities are struggling to pay for infrastructure damaged by fires, more extreme storms, and coastal erosion.
In the face of this evidence, as my colleagues have all pointed out, there is a systematic and organized effort to discredit, dismiss it, ignore it, but Americans are sensing dramatically the effects in their own lives, and they understand this. - Jack Reed
District 1: David Cicilline represents district 1 in Rhode Island. He is a supporter of efforts to address climate change, and criticized Trump's weak decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.
District 2: James Langevin represents district 2. He supports efforts to battle climate change and is a leader on the issue in Congress.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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