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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 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
Updated 2021
Ted Cruz represents Texas as senator. He has suggested climate change is not happening. Ted Cruz has often used cherry picked arguments in an attempt to discredit climate science. The 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 exit from the global Paris agreement on climate change. His record on climate is poor.
The radical left loves attacking people as anti-science when anyone dares question their computer models on global warming. - Ted Cruz
The scientific evidence doesn't support global warming. For the last 18 years, the satellite data - we have satellites that monitor the atmosphere. The satellites that actually measure the temperature showed no significant warming whatsoever. Ted Cruz, 2015, quoted by NPR
There is a growing consensus the days of ignoring this issue are over. If we all agree that reducing emissions is important I think we have a better way of approaching that than the Green New Deal. - John Cornyn, 2019, quoted by Houston Chronicle

United States House of Representatives, Texas
District 1: Louie Gohmert has represented district 1 by arguing against scientists conclusions about climate change.
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
District 2: Dan Crenshaw represents district 2 - he has stood against proposals in Congress to address on climate change. More recently, he's acknowledge that climate change is at least partially true and supported proposals for tree planting and carbon capture as a way to deal with the causes of climate change. Previously, Ted Poe represented district 2 by advocating conspiracy theories about climate science.
I recently joined House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in unveiling a proposal that takes existing innovative technologies — ones that have proven to reduce emissions here in the United States — that the U.S. can then market and export to the world. After all, climate change is a global issue, and with global energy demand expected to increase by 25 percent over the next 20 years, there is a distinct need for the U.S. to export cleaner energy sources to the developing world, as well as to the biggest CO2 emitters, such as China and India. Crushing our own economy, as the Green New Deal would have us do, will not stop worldwide growth in emissions or decrease worldwide energy demand. - Dan Crenshaw, 2020 in op-ed to National Review
District 3: Van Taylor represents district 3 - he has stood against proposals in Congress 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: Republican Pat Fallon won district 4 in 2020. We have not found information to indicate his position. John Ratcliffe previously represented district 4 in Texas. He stood against government action on addressing climate change.
District 5: Lance Gooden represents district 5. He acknowledges climate change and approaches solutions from a conservative perspective. Primarily, as far as we can tell, that means carbon capture and other alternatives rather than regulating greenhouse gas emissions. Jeb Hensarling, who stood against regulations to address climate change, previously represented district 5.
America has a climate politics problem. Few think Democrats have the answers to solving climate change, and most don’t believe Republicans take the issue seriously. Climate change threatens to impact our everyday lives and we need to take steps to address the causes of increasing global temperatures. - Lance Gooden House website
District 6: Ron Wright previously represented this district.
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 misleading claims about climate science. He was against proposals in Congress to address climate change. He attacked the EPA for attempting to regulate CO2 as a pollutant.
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. Previously, he cast doubt about the conclusions of climate science. He has changed his statements somewhat, and acknowledges that climate change exists. He's proposed supporting clean energy investments rather than regulation. He has said, "We believe a carbon tax is not the solution to address our environmental challenges."
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 fossil fuel companies, and has in the past dismissed climate science. Michael McCaul has voted anti-environment. More recently, he has acknowledged climate change and has suggested he disagreed with how Democrats want to handle the problem.
Last year, I was briefed by the head of Earth Sciences at NASA to discuss this important issue. The national security assessments are clear. Climate change poses risks to the security of the United States and the international community. The best way to address climate change, however, is less clear. - Michael McCaul, 2019, Statement of Lead Republican Michael McCaul
District 11: August Pfluger represents district 11. He has expressed that he is against certain regulations related to climate change. Michael Conaway previously represented district 11 in Texas. He used misleading arguments about climate science.
Our Nation does not need more dictator-style executive orders from President Biden. Already, he has unilaterally killed thousands of jobs with his plethora of executive actions. Our district is one of the main reasons a climate emergency is not needed. Thanks to American ingenuity and clean burning natural gas, the United States of America has already reduced CO2 emissions to a 20-year low. - August Pfluger, 2021 statement
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, has stood against efforts to regulate and address climate change. She voted to cancel the Clean Power Plan and has spoken out against the EPA.
District 13: Ronny L. Jackson represents district 13. He has a conservative viewpoint. We are so far unable to find information on how he approaches climate. Mac Thornberry previously represented district 13. In the past, he had questioned climate change and had 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, on climate science
District 14: Randy Weber represents district 14 in Texas. He has displayed considerable misunderstandings about climate science while advocating against proposals 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: Pete Sessions represents district 17. In the past, he has stood against proposals in Congress to address climate. Bill Flores had previously represented district 17 in Texas. He had shifted from attempting to discredit climate science to acknowledging that climate change is happening. However, he stood against proposals in Congress to address the problem through regulation.
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 has stood against regulations to address climate change, and has in the past suggested that the scientists are not in agreement on climate change. He supported keeping the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.
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 has stood against proposals to address climate change in Congress.
District 22: Troy Nehls represents district 22 in Texas. He has spoken against Biden's initiatives on climate.
District 23: Tony Gonzalez represents district 23. He has spoken of being against regulation when asked about climate. Will Hurd had previously represented district 23. He had voted primarily anti-environment, including on climate change. However, the Republican had acknowledged humans are causing climate change.
We must address climate change without putting more burdens on the backs of working class Americans. When clean jobs are readily available, then we can address climate change adequately. There must be an end to government overreach and overregulation; it could do irreparable harm to the middle class. - Tony Gonzalez, quoted in El Paso Times
District 24: Beth Van Duyne represents district 24. The LCV concluded she was anti-environment.
District 25: Roger Williams represents district 25 by mostly voting anti-environment. He has stood against proposals to address climate change in Congress.
District 26: Michael Burgess represents this district by consistently voting against measures to address climate change. He has said his opinion is that the science is not settled. More recently, he has voiced support for tax credits for "eco-friendly" energy.
District 27: Michael Cloud represents Texas district 27. He has stood against proposals on climate, and has voted against the environment.
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 has stood against proposals to regulate emissions to address climate change, and has promoted misinformation to discredit climate science. Recently he says he supports the "all-of-the-above" approach.
District 32: Colin Allred won the election to represent Texas 32 in 2018. Previously, Pete Sessions represented district 32. Pete Sessions stood against proposals 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 stood against the environment when voting in Congress. He has been against measures to address climate change with regulation, and supported Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.

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.

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