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 South Carolina 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 Representatives for South Carolina
South Carolina is represented in the Senate by Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Tim Scott has a terrible voting record when it comes to the environment. He voted to end the clean power plan, and is against efforts in Congress to address climate change. Lindsey Graham, for his part, speaks some truth on climate change, and spoke against Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate. However, he voted against allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, the primary cause of climate change. Taking it all in, Lindsey Graham acknowledges that climate change is caused by humans, which puts him in better light than most of his Republican counterparts.United States House of Representatives, SC
I believe manmade emissions are hurting the environment. The best way for a Republican to fight on this issue is the solution, not argue with the science and I think the science is sound. And at the end of the day…ask my competitors, what is the environmental policy of the Republican party? - Lindsey Graham
Mark Sanford previously represented district 1 in South Carolina. The Republican broke with his party to at least acknowledge the reality of climate change. South Carolina is already seeing the negative effects of climate change, which include rising sea levels and extreme weather, so perhaps denial is not an option for this Republican. Joe Cunningham challenged for the seat in 2018 and won. Among Joe Cunningham's issues, he includes a statement that climate change is real.
District 2: Joe Wilson represents South Carolina's second district. Joe Wilson does not accept climate science, he says man is not causing climate change, and he supported Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate. Sean Carrigan challenged in 2018 without including climate as an issue in his campaign.
District 3: Jeff Duncan represents district 3. He is a straight up denier of climate science, saying "I believe the climate is changing, but I don't believe it's man driven."
District 4: Trey Gowdy retired this seat in 2018. He was against efforts to address climate change. William Timmons now represents the district. He is also against efforts to address climate, saying it's a global problem.
It is not a United States issue. It is a global issue, and we are not going to be the one to solve it. The planet has to solve it. - William Timmons
District 5: Ralph Norman represents district 5 in South Carolina. He is against efforts to address climate change, and voted to cut the EPA - see also: What the U.S. Was Like Before the EPA. Archie Parnell is challenging in 2018.
District 6: Jim Clyburn represents district 6. He is a supporter of efforts to address the climate change problem.
District 7: Tom Rice represents district 7 in South Carolina, which is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change. He does not acknowledge climate science and has a terrible record of voting on issues related to the environment. Tom Rice does not support efforts in Congress to address climate change. Several challengers are lining up in 2018. If you are familiar with their positions, please send them to us and we will update.
South Carolina's previous governor, Kevin Bryant, wrongly believes that climate change is a "hoax". The current governor, Henry McMaster, says the climate is changing but humans are not causing climate change. He supported Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement.
I'm with Trump. We'll be fine. We’re getting better and better. - Henry McMaster, on leaving the Paris climate accord.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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