Forum: Congressional Candidates Positions on Climate Change | Elections
Our top scientific institutions, the U.S. military, NASA, NOAA, and nearly all credible experts 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 fossil fuels. Many leaders in Congress are also spreading disinformation and confusion 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. We've researched every district and made it easy for you to lookup your representatives' positions on climate. Enter an address in the form below to find your House representative.
Find Your Voter District and Congress Representatives' Positions on ClimateThere are 435 representatives in the U.S. House and 100 in the Senate. Enter an address to find your district's representatives and their positions on climate.
United States Senate, Virginia
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 spreads misinformation on climate science and is against efforts in Congress to address climate change. 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, misinformation 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 does 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 are lining 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: Tom Garrett represents district 5 in Virginia. He is against efforts in Congress to address climate change.
We know there's climate change. There is debate as to whether it's man-caused climate change. - misinformation from Tom Garrett
District 6: Bob Goodlatte, a denier of climate science, is retiring this seat. Several candidates are lining up for the race. Send us your candidate positions on climate, and we will update soon.
District 7: Dave Brat represents district 7 in Virginia. He dismisses climate change, and is opposed to efforts in Congress aimed at addressing the climate change problem. Several challengers are lining up for the 2018 race.
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 is one of those super-deniers of climate change, having spouted some of the most disingenuous, misinformed, and utterly ridiculous claims about climate science.
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 falsehoods from Morgan Griffith
District 10: Barbara Comstock represents district 10 in Virginia with an anti-environment vote. She may have made some progress as a Republican that acknowledges that humans are causing climate change, but has not supported any action to limit greenhouse gas emissions. She voted to end the EPA's Clean Power Plan. Several challengers are lining up in 2018. Send us your candidates' positions and we will update as the election approaches.
District 11: Gerry Connolly represents district 11 in Virginia. He advocates for U.S. leadership on climate change and was against Trump's poor decision to exit the Paris climate agreement.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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