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South Dakota

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 Dakota 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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South Dakota is represented in the Senate by Mike Rounds and John Thune. John Thune has evolved his statements and has acknowledged that humans are causing climate change. At the same time, he has voted against regulations designed to address the causes of climate change. Mike Rounds also acknowledges that humans are causing climate change, but has not supported regulatory action in Congress. Both John Thune and Mike Rounds voted to cancel the Clean Power Plan, the EPA's primary effort at address climate change. Both representatives have consistently voted against the environment.
Climate change is occurring, it's always occurring. There are a number of factors that contribute to that, including human activity. The question is, what are we going to do about it and at what cost? - John Thune
I don’t think there's anyone that disputes that climate change is occurring. I would have no objection to looking at an agreement to protect the environment that would not damage our economic base that basically has to be strong enough for us to do the things that we have to do in order to protect the environment. - Mike Rounds
Dusty Johnson represents South Dakota in the House of Representatives. He's supported the Trillion Trees measure, but has stood against other efforts in Congress to regulate the emissions that cause climate change. Kristi L. Noem previously represented South Dakota in the U.S. House. In the past, she appeared to question climate science when she voted in support of a resolution in the South Dakota House that stated "there are a variety of climatological, meteorological, astrological, thermological, cosmological, and ecological dynamics that can effect (sic) world weather phenomena and that the significance and interrelativity of these factors is largely speculative."
It seems interesting that they're putting pressure on us for compliance when they're so far out of compliance. And, of course, the Paris Accord exempts China and India from any mandates until 2030. If this is really an existential threat to human kind, it seems like it should be all hands on deck, not letting China and India out of the bag. And it seems like the European Union—if they believed it was an existential threat—they'd be meeting their goals under the Paris Accord. - Dusty Johnson, 2019, quoted by SDPB Radio

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