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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 Tennessee 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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Marsha Blackburn represents Tennessee in the Senate. She has a history of questioning climate science and questioning the need for Congress to address the causes of climate change. Bill Hagerty also represents Tennessee in the Senate. He spoke against Biden's decision to re-join the Paris Climate Accord. Tennessee was previously represented in the Senate by Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker. Lamar Alexander had acknowledged humans are causing climate change and said something needs to be done about it. Both Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker expressed disapproval of Trump's anti-environment picks to lead the EPA. However, both Lamar Alexander and Corker voted to cancel the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
This is a huge mistake! Our adversaries—China, Russia—only benefit when the U.S. burdens itself with policies that our competitors ignore. We cannot afford to shackle our economy when we are trying to rebuild from this pandemic-driven recession. - Bill Hagerty, on Twitter, regarding rejoining the Paris Climate Accord
The Biden Administration has shown an incredible penchant for putting hard-working Americans out of work during an unprecedented pandemic. Rejoining the Paris Agreement will kill another 400,000 jobs and lead our country away from energy independence. Whose team is he on? - Marsha Blackburn, on Twitter
District 1: Diana Harshbarger represents district 1 in Tennessee. Asked about climate change, she seemed to acknowledge it is real, but suggested other countries need to step up.
It's other countries that need to step up and do their part in order to diminish the climate change from happening. - Diana Harshbarger, quoted by Herald Courier
District 2: Tim Burchett represents district 2. He speaks of innovation and carbon capture to address climate change rather than regulating greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. Jimmy Duncan previously held this seat. He had questioned climate change.
No question we can do a better job taking care of the environment, but big government, one-size-fits-all proposals that threaten our economy are not the answer. - Tim Burchett, quoted by 10News
Climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed. ... The right way to tackle climate change policy is by continuing to remove barriers to innovation, incentivizing more clean energy, and putting forth realistic, free-market solutions driven by the American consumer – a proven approach that has already resulted in significant emissions reductions in the United States. , quoted by Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions
District 3: Chuck Fleischmann represents district 3 in Tennessee. He has stood against regulations to address the causes of climate change. In the past, in response to a question about climate, he once suggested we should put Al Gore on an iceberg. He has more recently advocated for nuclear and indicated he supports an "all of the above" policy on energy.
This is why I support an all of the above strategy using renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydropower and geothermal energy. A comprehensive energy policy will foster energy independence, create jobs, provide affordable electricity and boost our economy. - Chuck Fleischmann, House website
District 4: Scott DesJarlais represents district 4 in Tennessee. He has, in the past, questioned climate change. He has tended to vote against the environment, and he has stood against efforts in Congress to address climate change by regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
District 5: Jim Cooper represents district 5. He supports efforts to solve climate change, and called Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate a "Moral Failure".
District 6: John Rose represents district 6. We have not yet found statements he has made about climate. The LCV has given his environmental voting record a poor rating. Diane Black previously represented Tennessee's 6th district. She applauded Trump's decision to leave the Paris Accord on climate.
District 7: Mark Green represents district 7. He has questioned science and questioned climate change. Marsha Blackburn previously represents district 7 in Tennessee. She has also questioned climate science.
First off, CO2 is increasing – you cannot deny that – so the question is, is it causing warming, or is aerial fertilization what's happening? I'm a scientist, I've got an MD, I've done bench-level research, so I know how to look at these studies and say, 'okay, that's biased,' [or] 'okay, that's not biased.' I'm not yet convinced that the science is proving that we're warming, but I am very convinced that we have aerial fertilization going on, and if we continue to cut trees in Brazil and other places, we’re going to hurt ourselves, and then we will have warming. - Mark Green, quoted by Spring Hill Home Page
District 8: David Kustoff represents district 8 in Tennessee. We cannot find any indication he breaks with his party's stance against regulations to address climate change.
District 9: Steve Cohen has a record of protecting the environment. He supports efforts in Congress to address climate change.

Disclaimer: The statements and comments about representatives positions are the opinion of the writer. We try to include accurate information and base the representative and candidate positions on a variety of reliable sources. Sources include reputable reporting on candidates' past statements, campaign websites, press coverage of campaigns and representatives, votes in Congress on issues, and party affiliation. If you feel we are missing something, let us know. Please contact us to suggest a correction or request an update. Individual representatives and districts are updated periodically, but may at times become outdated. These statements are opinions related to how the U.S. Congress is responding to a national security and public health issue, but should be treated as opinions.

See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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