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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 Virginia 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.

Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on Climate Change

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United States Senate, Virginia Last District Updates 2021
Tim Kaine and Mark R. Warner represent Virginia as senators. Both senators are in favor of working towards solutions on climate change. Both senators also criticized Trump's poor decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate.
District 1: Rob Wittman represents district 1 in Virginia. He has questioned climate science and has stood against efforts in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Several challengers are lining up for the 2018 race. Send us candidate positions and we will update as the election approaches.
We must recognize that these climactic cycles of heating and cooling have been going on well before man appeared on earth. - Rob Wittman, on climate science
District 2: Scott Taylor represents district 2. He's acknowledged climate change is impacting his district, but he supported Trump's move to exit the Paris agreement on climate. He did not list climate change as an issue in his campaign website, and is generally opposed to legislation designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He says he wants to deal with consequences like sea level rise, but on dealing with the climate change issue, he is within his party lines, saying "I don't think we're there, in a bipartisan way, for comprehensive action." Several candidates lined up to oppose Taylor in 2018.
District 3: Bobby Scott represents Virginia's 3rd district. He is in favor of efforts in Congress aimed at addressing climate change.
Congressman Scott believes that human activity has contributed to climate change and has been a consistent advocate of efforts to mitigate global warming. Scott has co-sponsored legislation in the House of Representatives that would promote investment in renewable energy, as well as legislation that incentivizes energy efficiency. - Bobby Scott's House website
District 4: Donald McEachin represents district 4. He supports efforts to address climate change and issued statements against Trump's poor decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.
District 5: Bob Good represents district 5. He has said he stands against regulations to address the causes of climate change. Tom Garrett previously represented district 5 in Virginia. He was also against efforts in Congress to regulate greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change.
Energy prices have a tremendous impact on our citizens and our economy. Beyond the economic impact, energy independence is vital to our national security, as we no longer depend upon foreign or even hostile nations for our energy needs. Radical policies like the Green New Deal and agreements like the Paris Climate Accord are job- killing, economy-destroying initiatives. These proposals would not only tremendously weaken the United States economically, but would also threaten our national security and how we live our daily lives. - Bob Good, campaign website
I reject climate and environmental extremism that has a radical, negative impact on our economy, on jobs and on the American way of life. - Bob Good, quoted in Martinsville Bulletin
We know there's climate change. There is debate as to whether it's man-caused climate change. - Tom Garrett - previous representative
District 6: Ben Cline represents district 6. He acknowledges that the climate is changing, but indicates he is against regulations to address the causes of climate change. Bob Goodlatte previously represented the district by standing against efforts in Congress to address the causes of climate change.
The climate is changing and it's something that we can all see, but we need to treat energy fairly and let the markets work so we don't boost up one type of energy over another. - Ben Cline
District 7: Abigail Spanberger represents district 7 as a supporter of efforts to address climate change. Dave Brat represent previously represented district 7 in Virginia. He dismissed climate change as an issue.
As a former CIA officer, I recognize that combating climate change is a national security imperative—and the first step in this fight is to keep our word—to cooperate with our key allies and partners in this battle. - Abigail Spanberger
District 8: Don Beyer represents district 8 in Virginia. He is a supporter of efforts to address climate change.
District 9: Morgan Griffith represents district 9 in Virginia. He has been one of those casting doubt about climate change.
I was reading one report here that indicates that by 2020 we will reach a new peak on Sun spot activity, and this report actually suggests that the Earth's temperature may be raised by .5 degrees Centigrade as a result of the Sun spot activity. -- misinformation from Morgan Griffith
why 40 years ago, when I was in elementary and middle school, were we taught that an increase in greenhouse gas effect was going to lead to a new Ice Age? -- more from Morgan Griffith
District 10: Jennifer Wexton represents district 10. She is a supporter of efforts to address climate change. Barbara Comstock previously represented district 10 in Virginia with a primarily anti-environment vote. She made some progress when she acknowledged that humans are causing climate change, but she was not a supporter of action to limit greenhouse gas emissions. She voted to end the EPA's Clean Power Plan.
I believe in science, and it’s clear that climate change is an urgent threat to our public health, infrastructure, economy, and national security. - Jennifer Wexton
District 11: Gerry Connolly represents district 11 in Virginia. He advocates for U.S. leadership on climate change and was against Trump's decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.

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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