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 Washington 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 ClimateEnter an address to find your House and Senate representatives.
Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray represent Washington as senators. Both are supporters of efforts to address climate change.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the future of the economy in Washington state and the country. Pacific Northwest scientists say climate change will negatively affect Washington’s agricultural products, harm salmon habitats, leave forests more vulnerable to fire and pine beetles, and hurt shellfish production among other serious detriments. Additionally, the impact of climate change on the world’s oceans could be just as threatening. - Maria Cantwell
District 1: Suzan DelBene represents district 1 in Washington. She is a supporter of climate change prevention efforts.
If President Trump withdraws from the Paris Climate Accord, it would endanger our children’s health, their futures and the planet. This reckless decision would also harm the reputation of our country, jeopardizing our role as a global leader on combating climate change. - Suzan DelBene
District 2: Rick Larsen represents district 2. He includes fighting climate change as an issue on his website, along with supporting renewable energy and green jobs.
District 3: Jaime Herrera Beutler represents district 3. She is against efforts to address climate change. She voted to cancel the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Among those challenging her in 2018 is Peter Harrison, who lists climate change as an issue in his campaign.
District 4: Dan Newhouse represents district 4 in WA. He consistently votes anti-environment, and voted to cancel the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the EPA's first attempt to regulate greenhouse gas pollution.
District 5: Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents district 5. She denies climate science, which helped her find her place in the Trump administration. She applauded Trump's poor decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.
Scientific reports are inconclusive at best on human culpability of global warming. - false misinformation from Cathy McMorris Rodgers
District 6: Derek Kilmer represents district 6. He has a good record on climate change and criticized Trump's decision to exit the Paris agreement.
Climate change is not only settled fact, it is a complex problem that requires global coordination. - Derek Kilmer
District 7: Pramila Jayapal represents district 7. She has shown strong leadership on the environment and climate change.
For too long, progress on climate change has been blocked by the largest fossil fuel companies and climate deniers. To take on those interests that profit from carbon emissions, we must build a stronger and more diverse movement that has the power to move public policy forward. - Pramila Jayapal
District 8: Dave Reichert represents district 8 in WA. He has a weak record on the environment and voted to cancel the EPA's Clean Power Plan. He joined a Climate Caucus as a Republican, meaning he's willing to acknowledge climate science, but has not, as of yet, supported legislation to move forward on reducing emissions. Numerous challengers are lining up for the 2018 race for this seat. Please send us their positions if you know them.
District 9: Adam Smith represents district 9 in Washington. He has a decent record on the environment, and he supports efforts to address climate change.
Protecting our planet is one of our greatest challenges. Climate change continues to result in unpredictable and extreme temperatures, rising sea levels, and extreme weather, all of which threaten our environment and future generations. - Adam Smith
District 10: Denny Heck represents district 10. He has a strong record on the environment and is a supporter of efforts to address climate change. He spoke out against Trump's weak decision to exit the Paris agreement on climate.
See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering
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