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 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 from straight-up denial to acknowledging that humans are causing climate change, but questioning if anything should be done about it. Mike Rounds also acknowledges that humans are causing climate change, but does not support 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
Kristi L. Noem represents South Dakota in the House. She is retiring the seat leaving it open for several challengers who are lining up for the race in 2018. Please send us information on candidate positions and we'll update soon.
There are a variety of climatological, meteorological, astrological, thermological, cosmological, and ecological dynamics that can effect world weather phenomena and that the significance and interrelativity of these factors is largely speculative. - Kristi L. Noem, spreading misinformation on climate science
In the race for governor, Lora Hubbel is against efforts to address climate change. Lora Hubbel denies climate science, falsely claiming there is not enough data. Kristi L. Noem, another candidate for governor, speaks misinformation on climate science and is also against efforts to solve the issue.
We think we can draw conclusions on this much data? It's egotistical to me. - Lora Hubbel, on climate science
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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