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West Virginia

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 West 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.

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Senator Joe Manchin represents West Virginia as senator. He supported Trump's decision to leave the Paris agreement on climate change, a decision that is widely criticized by supporters of the environment. But Joe Manchin has acknowledge climate change and has indicated a willingness to work towards some solutions. Shelley Moore Capito is West Virginia's other senator. In the past, she questioned climate science and she has stood efforts to address climate change through regulation. More recently, she seems to be saying she supports carbon capture and progress through technology, like a number of other conservative members of Congress.
Let me make sure you understand where I am coming from. I am an all-in energy person. I want to use all the resources we have. My first and foremost thing on this Energy Committee is to do everything I can to maintain energy independence in the United States of America. And then we can show the world how to clean up the climate by using them with the technology that we can be developing and innovation technology that needs to be done. I think the bill we passed in the omnibus bill is a tremendous step in that investment. That's the way we should be going. - Joe Manchin, 2021, quoted by E&E News
I am not a climate denier. We all need to take care of our planet. We must be good stewards of our earth and water. We know it's the right thing to do… We can address climate change together though innovation and technology. We already have new markets for coal — carbon products. We know investing in carbon capture utilization and storage is critical for a lot of reasons. It's a win-win on both sides. We know new technologies are progressing every day. - Shelley Moore Capito, 2021, quoted by The Register-Herald
District 1: David McKinley represents district 1 in West Virginia. He has, in the past, cast doubt about climate change, and he has stood against efforts to regulate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the past, he suggested that over the last 40 years, there has been "almost no increase in temperature, very slight". More recently, he appears to be seeking compromising solutions with lawmakers that wish to address climate change. He appears to be seeking progress through technology and ways to find common ground while continuing to use fossil fuels.
Climate change is a global challenge and requires a global solution. But any agreement that gives major emitters like China a pass is simply window dressing. As John Kerry himself has noted, the United States could totally stop using coal, gas, and oil and it wouldn't be enough unless the rest of the world joined in. We would still experience wildfires on the West Coast, droughts in the Midwest and hurricanes on the East Coast. David McKinley, 2021, press release
District 2: Alex Mooney, representative for district 2 in West Virginia, has, in the past, questioned climate science, saying it's "not a settled issue". He supported the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord in 2017.
District 3: Carol Miller represents district 3 in West Virginia. She lists protecting coal & gas as a top issue on her website (climate change is not included as an issue in this list).

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See also: Disinformation on Climate Change is Staggering

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