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 Texas 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 Texas
United States House of Representatives, Texas
Ted Cruz represents Texas as senator. He says climate change is not happening. Ted Cruz routinely promotes false, cherry picked arguments in an attempt to discredit climate science.
The radical left loves attacking people as anti-science when anyone dares question their computer models on global warming. - Ted CruzThe other senator for Texas is John Cornyn. John Cornyn seems to at least acknowledge that climate change is happening and he admits that humans are at least contributing to it. However, his voting record is nearly 100% anti-environment and he supported the U.S. pull out of the global Paris agreement on climate change. He does not support any efforts to address climate change.
United States House of Representatives, Texas
District 1: Louie Gohmert represents district 1 by adamantly arguing that climate change is not happening.
Apparently this climate change was global freezing back in the 1970s. Then global warming and then, when it quit warming, now it's climate change. - Louie Gohmert, demonstrating a misunderstanding of climate science
District 2: Dan Crenshaw represents district 2 - he is against action on climate change. Previously, Ted Poe represented district 2 by advocating conspiracy theories about climate science.
District 3: Van Taylor represents district 3 - he is against action on climate change.
I do not believe that energy development and good stewardship of the environment are mutually exclusive. Yet today, excessive and burdensome regulations are stifling many sectors of our economy with energy getting hit especially hard because of the out-of-control EPA. - Van Taylor
District 4: John Ratcliffe represents district 4 in Texas. He is adamantly against addressing climate change and has never voted for anything pro-environment as far as we can tell.
District 5: Jeb Hensarling, who is against addressing climate change, is retiring his position in 2018. Numerous candidates are lining up for the race in 2018. We'll try to update as the election approaches, so please send us information on your favorite candidates.
District 6: Ron Wright represents this district. We can find no indication that he breaks with the Republican party's stance on climate.
District 7: Lizzie Fletcher won this district in 2018 - she supports action on climate. She defeated John Culberson, who previously represented district 7 in Texas by promoting false claims about climate science. He was against efforts in Congress to address climate change. He attacked the EPA for attempting to regulate CO2 as a pollutant, and promoted false conspiracy theories that attempt to discredit climate scientists.
The Houston Climate Forum showed that #TX07 voters agree—climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing our world today, and we're ready for an advocate who will prioritize addressing what we can do about it. - Lizzie Fletcher
District 8: Kevin Brady represents district 8 by denying reality when it comes to climate change. He has promoted false conspiracy theories such as "climategate" - a debunked attempt to discredit climate scientists.
District 9: Al Green represents district 9 in Texas. He has favorable views towards addressing climate change.
With the release of the International Panel on Climate Change report, there is clear scientific consensus that human activities, and particularly the burning of fossil fuels, have increased emissions of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) and other trace greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. - Al Green
District 10: Michael McCaul represents district 10. He has taken large sums of money from oil and gas companies, and has generally dismissed climate science and at times promoted false conspiracy theories to attempt to discredit climate scientists. Michael McCaul has consistently voted anti-environment.
District 11: Michael Conaway represents district 11 in Texas. He promotes misleading arguments about climate science, and is against efforts to address climate change. Science is never settled … they changed the phraseology because the climate isn’t warming. - Michael Conaway
District 12: Kay Granger, representative for district 12 in Texas, is against efforts to address climate change. She voted to cancel the Clean Power Plan and has spoken out against the EPA.
District 13: Mac Thornberry represents district 13. He's a full blown climate denier, and has a nearly perfect record of voting anti-environment.
The temperature of the Earth has fluctuated over time. At one point, much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered with ice, for example. A number of factors influence the Earth’s temperature, including variations in the amount of heat coming from the sun, changes in the Earth’s orbit, shifts in the continents through plate tectonics, and levels of volcanic activity. Obviously, we cannot do much to affect those factors. - Mac Thornberry, demonstrating a lack of understanding of climate science
District 14: Randy Weber represents district 14 in Texas. He displays considerable misunderstandings about climate science while advocating against efforts to address climate change.
District 15: Vicente Gonzalez represents district 15. He is in favor of taking measures to address climate change.
I do believe climate change is a real threat. I believe that we need to develop policy that promotes job creation with responsible development but protects communities impacted from flaring, stripping, water contamination, water shortage, hazardous waste, unsafe living conditions, and other infrastructure deficiencies. - Vicente Gonzalez
District 16: Veronica Escobar represents district 16 in Texas. She supports action on climate change.
Addressing climate change is our urgent obligation; even climate change deniers must finally recognize the dire situation in front of us. - Veronica Escobar
District 17: Bill Flores represents district 17 in Texas. He's shifted from attempting to discredit climate science to acknowledging that climate change is happening. However, he holds a position against efforts in Congress to address the problem.
District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee represents district 18 with a positive stance towards addressing climate change.
We cannot afford to deny the reality of climate change, or to roll back our commitment to a sustainable future for all the generations to come. - Sheila Jackson Lee
District 19: Jodey Arrington represents district 19. He is against efforts to address climate change, and has wrongly suggested that the scientists are not in agreement on climate change.
District 20: Joaquín Castro represents district 20 as a proponent of efforts to address climate change. He was against Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris accord on climate.
Leaving the Paris Agreement is an abandonment of U.S. global leadership. With the President’s decision today, the United States joins Syria and Nicaragua as one of only three nations in the world not to participate in the deal. - Joaquín Castro
District 21: Chip Roy is a denier of climate science and he blocks progress on climate change in Congress.
District 22: Pete Olson represents district 22 in Texas. He is against efforts to address climate change, and supported the Trump decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate.
District 23: Will Hurd represents district 23. He has voted consistently anti-environment, including on climate change. However, the Republican has at least acknowledged humans are causing climate change.
District 24: Kenny Marchant represents district 24 by opposing legislation designed to address climate change. He does not say much on the subject, but consistently votes against the environment.
District 25: Roger Williams represents district 25 by consistently voting anti-environment. He is against efforts to address climate change in Congress.
District 26: Michael Burgess represents this district by consistently voting against measures to address climate change. He says his opinion is that the science is not settled.
District 27: Michael Cloud represents Texas district 27. He is against efforts to address climate change.
District 28: Henry Cuellar represents district 28. The Democrat has a weak record of voting with the environment. He voted to prevent the EPA from regulating CO2 as a contributor to climate change.
District 29: Sylvia Garcia represents this district - she is a supporter of efforts to address climate change.
District 30: Eddie Bernice Johnson represents district 30 in Texas. She is an advocate for solutions on climate change, and has taken some leadership on the issue in Congress.
It's important that the science behind global climate change be acknowledged. And clearly, at the rate we're going with the leadership in the current [House Science] Committee, it's probably not going to happen. - Eddie Bernice Johnson
District 31: John Carter represents district 31. He is against efforts to address climate change, and promotes false conspiracy theories designed to discredit climate scientists.
District 32: Colin Allred won the election to represent Texas 32 in 2018. Previously, Pete Sessions represented district 32. Pete Sessions stood against all efforts to address climate change in Congress. Colin Allred supports efforts to address the problem of climate change.
District 33: Marc Veasey represents district 33 with a better-than-average record on voting with the environment. He has supported efforts to address climate change, but has also supported legislation that favored oil over the environment.
District 34: Filemon Vela represents district 34. We could not find any explanations on his position on climate change. He votes better than average on the environment, and has voted in support of efforts to address climate change.
District 35: Lloyd Doggett is the representative for district 35. He supports clean energy and is in favor of efforts to address climate change.
As an active member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and the Safe Climate Caucus, I strongly oppose President Trump’s disastrous choice to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He abandons American families to the growing harm of climate change and surrenders leadership on renewable energy to foreign competitors, like China and Germany. - Lloyd Doggett
District 36: Brian Babin represents district 36. He has never voted in favor of the environment. He is against measures to address climate change, and supported Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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