federal climate deniers 2017
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AlaskaakRepresentativeRepublicanDon YoungTRUEFALSE
"Brooks said he does not deny that climate changes, because earth has always changed. He said there are many factors, and humans are one. But he questions past data, argues that public opinion is tainted by faulty “climate scares,” and recommends more study because action must be balanced against cost."
Alabama.com, 11/2/2016
AlabamaalRepresentativeRepublicanRobert AderholtTRUEFALSE
"I fall into the second group of people who believe, as do many very credible scientists, that the earth is currently in a natural warming cycle rather than a man-made climate change. Many scientists believe that natural cycles of warming and cooling have existed since the beginning of Earth. If we take the current models of climate prediction and apply those same models to what actually happened in the last thirty years, the models are shown to be very flawed. In addition, what knowledge we do have of a warming period in the Middle Ages cannot be explained by current models which are focused on greenhouse gas reductions."
Daily Mountain Eagle Op-Ed, 12/13/10
AlabamaalRepresentativeRepublicanMo BrooksTRUEFALSE
“I’m also old enough to remember when the same left-wing part of our society was creating a global cooling scare in order to generate funds for their pet projects. So 30-some years ago the big scare was global cooling, and once they drained that [topic], they shifted to global warming. So I’m approaching the issue with a healthy degree of skepticism. If the evidence is there to prove it, then so be it.”
Science Insider, 2/9/11
AlabamaalRepresentativeRepublicanGary PalmerTRUEFALSE
"I am a firm believer in sound science. There have been new findings that clearly show the science is not settled on climate change."
Alabama.com, 11/2/2016
ArkansasarRepresentativeRepublicanRick CrawfordTRUEFALSE
Rep. Crawford fielded a question regarding climate change and President Obama’s environmental agenda while speaking to radio station KASU 91.9 FM. “There’s not sound science to support some of the initiatives that the President, I think, is committed to. We know that some of the research was faulty and it drove a lot of the agenda for a long time. And then it turned out there were some questions about the validity of that research.” He continued, “I don’t see a lot of the green initiatives that are being talked about being supported by scientific data, but more supported by political agendas.”
Talk Business, 1/27/13
Bruce Westerman
“You did state rather emphatically and include in your written testimony that carbon pollution is the biggest driver of climate change. That obviously is debatable it’s been debated here quite a bit. But I want to go past that and pretend with you that carbon is arch enemy number one.”
House Committee on Natural Resources hearing, 5/13/15 via The Guardian
ArkansasarRepresentativeRepublicanSteve Womack*TRUEFALSE
As reported by The Free Weekly, Rep. Womack stopped a discussion of climate change in a meeting with the Citizens Clime Lobby: "There would be no talk of 'rhetoric' from the whole of the scientific community, Department of Defense and about 80 percent of the American population," and a representative for the congressmen said that "that they feel the jury is still out on climate change." Rep. Womack's office confirmed to ThinkProgress that this statement reflects the Congressman's beliefs on climate change.
The Free Weekly, 2/7/2013
ArizonaazRepresentativeRepublicanPaul GosarTRUEFALSE
"More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into ‘climate justice’ and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies.”
Town Hall Open Letter, 9/17/15
David Schweikert
“When you think about the complexity of a worldwide system and the amount of data you’d have to capture, and how you adjust for a sunspot, and how you adjust for a hurricane and I think it’s incredibly arrogant for the Al Gores of the world to stand up and say the world is coming to an end.”
Grassroots Interviews, 6/16/10
ArizonaazRepresentativeRepublicanTrent FranksTRUEFALSE
“While I am concerned about the potential effects of global warming, I have yet to see clear and convincing evidence that it exists beyond historical fluctuations.”
AZ Central Candidate Survey, 2008
ArizonaazRepresentativeRepublicanAndy Biggs*TRUEFALSE
"No, I do not believe climate change is occurring. I do not think that humans have a significant impact on climate. The federal government should stop regulating and stomping on our economy and freedoms in the name of a discredited theory."
The Arizona Republic Voter Questionnaire, 2016
CaliforniacaRepresentativeRepublicanDoug LaMalfaTRUEFALSE
“There’s a lot coming out lately about the sun going into a cooler phase because we’re not getting the sunspot activity, so it’s starting to blow up the global warming idea, which if you’re tracking temperatures haven’t really edged up in at least 18 years.”
KNCO, 4/12/15
CaliforniacaRepresentativeRepublicanTom McClintockTRUEFALSE
“Climate change has been going on for 4 billion years,” he said. “The planet has been warming on and off since the last Ice Age."
Roll call, 2/22/2017
CaliforniacaRepresentativeRepublicanJeff DenhamTRUEFALSE
“Nobody really knows the cause. The Earth cools, the Earth warms … It could be caused by carbon dioxide or methane. Maybe we should kill the cows to stop the methane, or stop breathing to stop the CO2 … Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives … We ought to look out for people. The Earth can take care of itself.”
Daily Journal, 4/22/14
CaliforniacaRepresentativeRepublicanDevin NunesTRUEFALSE“Global warming is nonsense.”New York Times, 2/14/2014
CaliforniacaRepresentativeRepublicanKen CalvertTRUEFALSE
Calvert co-sponsored H.Res.954, a resolution that stated: “Whereas recent events have uncovered extensive evidence from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England (in this resolution referred to as the ‘CRU’) which involved many researchers across the globe discussing the destruction, altering, and hiding of data that did not support global warming claims.”
H.Res.954, Gov Track, 12/8/09
Dana Rohrabacher
“Just so you’ll know, global warming is a total fraud and it’s being designed because what you’ve got is you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions. Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives.”
Huffington Post, 8/12/13
Duncan D Hunter
“There is climate change. Is there human-caused climate change? I don’t buy that.”
Times of San Diego, 9/26/14
ColoradocoRepresentativeRepublicanScott TiptonTRUEFALSE
"Is there climate change? I live in the shadow of some of the greatest climate change the world has ever seen. It’s called the Rocky Mountains. When the glaciers went back."
ThinkProgress, 8/23/2012
ColoradocoRepresentativeRepublicanKen BuckTRUEFALSE
“Sen. Inhofe was the first person to stand up and say this global warming is the greatest hoax that has been perpetrated. The evidence just keeps supporting his view, and more and more people’s view, of what’s going on.”
ThinkProgress, 8/8/13
ColoradocoRepresentativeRepublicanDoug LambornTRUEFALSE
"#SOTU if climate change is such a settled issue, why does a recent @pewresearch poll show that only 30% of Americans are 'very concerned'?"
Twitter, 1/12/2016
ColoradocoRepresentativeRepublicanMike CoffmanTRUEFALSE
In response to the question "Do you believe humans are contributing significantly to climate change?" at a debate in 2014, Re. Coffman responded: "No." More recently, the Congressman joined the Climate Solutions Caucus, yet in February 2017, his website still stated that "There is no question that climate change is real and has existed since the beginning of time, and will always be a factor that can negatively impact our environment. The role that carbon emissions, from human activity, have on climate change is still a subject of debate." Rep. Coffman did not respond to a request for comment from ThinkProgress on whether his position had changed.
Youtube, 9/23/2014 ||| Coffman Website Archive, February 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j589Iw0vcGM ||| https://web.archive.org/web/20170218170101/http://coffman.house.gov/issues/climate-change
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanTed YohoTRUEFALSE
"I think it's a natural occurrence ... I think there's an agenda-driven science. I can read stuff that says that the information was skewed. It's not right. "
Earth Forums Candidate Questionnaire, 2016
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanDennis RossTRUEFALSE
"I think we are contributing to some climate change, but I am not accepting all the theories that are out there that say climate change is what it is because of us."
Earth Forums Candidate Questionnaire, 2016
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanBill PoseyTRUEFALSE
Posey told White House science advisor John Holdren that global warming is a "natural phenomenon," and says that "we were worried about global cooling before Gore invented the Internet."
Mario Diaz-Balart
“I know there’s a lot of money to be made on the bandwagon of global warming, you can make movies, documentaries, get a lot of research money — and that’s okay, I love capitalism … My fear is using the bandwagon of global warming to have Congress act on some knee-jerk reaction which will please some editorialists, will hurt our economy, will not do anything to help us in the future.”
Mario Diaz-Balart Video, 9/25/07$97,500
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanMatt Gaetz*TRUEFALSE
"There is no denying the planet is warming, but more needs to be done to determine whether it's a natural cycle of warming and cooling or if humans are irreversibly harming the planet."
Panama City News Herald, 4/16/2016
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanNeal Dunn*TRUEFALSE
"I am sure human activity plays some role, but I don't think the science is clear on how much is man-made and how much is natural,"
Panama City News Herald, 4/16/2016
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanJohn Rutherford*TRUEFALSE
"Climate was changing before we had carbon emissions ... I need to be convinced how much of that is man and how much of it is just the global climate conditions,"
E&ENews, 11/17/2016
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanFrancis Rooney*TRUEFALSE
“You know I’ve tried to read a lot about that, I’ve tried to read things on both sides. I’m not a scientist...No it’s not fake news, there’s all kinds of science out there on all sides.”
Francis Rooney Facebook, 3/3/2017
FloridaflRepresentativeRepublicanRon DeSantis*TRUEFALSE
“It’s not a question of my belief, you know, when Al Gore speaks, as a member of Congress, I say ‘okay, Al, I’ll assume everything you say is gonna be true, even though a lot of these predictions haven’t been proven to be true that have already been made that we can evaluate...The idea that we have the capacity to change or stop the climate, I’m just skeptical."
ThinkProgress, 3/20/2014
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanBuddy CarterTRUEFALSE
"You know of all the things we can do in the world we still can't control the weather," he said. "And I've never bought into the climate change. I'm not naive enough to believe that we don't have some impact on it, but to think that we have enough of an impact to really change what is happening naturally, I'm not one of those who has really bought into that."
Savannah Morning News, 2/15/2016
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanJody HiceTRUEFALSE
"It is a shame that because a scientist has reached a different conclusion on climate science than the liberal elite that the integrity of her research would be called into question," Hice said in a prepared statement.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 3/1/2015
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanDoug CollinsTRUEFALSE
When asked if he believes human activity is contributing to climate change, Rep. Collins answered “no.”
Project Vote Smart Political Courage Test, 2012
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanBarry LoudermilkTRUEFALSE "We could say you're a denier of natural change."AFP, 3/29/2017
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanRick AllenTRUEFALSE
In response to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution question, Allen “vehemently rejected the idea that warming is an established fact,” asserting in writing that the “science is definitely NOT settled.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/31/15
GeorgiagaRepresentativeRepublicanAustin Scott*TRUEFALSE
Rep. Scott responded "Absolutely" in response to the question: "Do you dispute the U.S. military, NOAA, the Weather Channel as well as 95 percent-plus of climate scientists, in their conclusion that climate change is pushed by human activity?"
NPR Morning Edition, 9/3/2013
IowaiaRepresentativeRepublicanRod BlumTRUEFALSE
“Well, it’s interesting. I can see why the average citizen is skeptical about this. I guess you can put me in that camp. I’m skeptical … I’m not a scientist, and I know most scientists’ paychecks come from the federal government, and so right away that makes me a bit skeptical. Thirty years ago we were going into a global cooling period. That makes me skeptical.”
Iowa Public Radio, 5/29/14
IowaiaRepresentativeRepublicanDavid YoungTRUEFALSE
“I’ve seen, like a lot of people, credible studies on both sides of this issue. I do know one thing for sure: We need to use sound science and not put this into a political science box. We need to make sure also that if this is going to be put through public policy, it needs to not be done unilaterally through this administration, through executive order, or by the EPA.”
Iowa Public Radio, 5/22/14
IowaiaRepresentativeRepublicanSteve KingTRUEFALSE
"If Climate Change were 'settled science' and a 'fact based on data & sound science' protagonists would still be calling it Global Warming."
Twitter, 3/21/2015
IdahoidRepresentativeRepublicanMike SimpsonTRUEFALSE
“There is widespread disagreement as to the magnitude of human influence on the climate and the degree to which any effort by humanity to reduce carbon output would slow or reverse the effects of climate change.”
Mike Simpson Website
IdahoidRepresentativeRepublicanRaul LabradorTRUEFALSE
During a town hall, Rep. Labrador said "scant evidence of climate change," as reported by Boise Public Radio.
Boise Public Radio, 4/25/2017
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanPeter RoskamTRUEFALSE
In 2006, the College of DuPage Courier reported that “Roskam drew the ire of the crowd by calling global warming junk science.” In a response to a request for comment by ThinkProgress, Rep. Roskam, stated that "We must be good stewards of our planet and pass along a clean, healthy world to future generations. Lawmakers must strike a balance to combat the effects of climate change without crushing regulations that would devastate the economy. I’m committed to protecting our precious natural resources, including the Great Lakes, and supporting research into efficient, renewable energy." However, he did not address his previous statement calling climate change "junk science" and whether he now accepts the scientific consensus that climate change is happening, primarily caused by human activity.
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanMike BostTRUEFALSE
In a 2014 interview with St. Louis Public Radio, Bost disagreed with his opponent and now former Democratic Congressman Bill Enyart over whether climate change is real. “I don’t. I don’t know that I do; no,” Bost said. “Some scientists do; some scientists don’t” believe in climate change he said.
St. Louis Public Radio, 10/16/14
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanRodney DavisTRUEFALSE
In response to being asked wether Rep. Davis believes that climate change is caused by man, a spokesman for the Congressman told FactCheck.org that “It is one of the contributing factors, yes, but to what extent is open to debate and further research.” Rep. Davis's office did not respond to a request for comment from ThinkProgress.
FactCheck.org, 8/16/2013
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanRandy HultgrenTRUEFALSE
“The greatest impact on our climate clearly is the sun, and we have very little impact on the sun and how much energy and temperature the sun is sending to the earth. We have seen clearly over thousands of years that at different times more energy has come through and different times less energy has come through, and that variation has impacted climate change. Over the thousands of years that’s been recorded we’ve had both colder times and warmer times. It happens to be that we’ve recently come out of a warmer time and now actually we’re headed in to a little bit of a colder time, the impact of the sun is much different than impact that we could have had.”
Illinois Review, 12/2/09
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanJohn ShimkusTRUEFALSE
"And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood. Now, do I believe in climate change? In my trip to Greenland, the answer is yes. The climate is changing…The question is more about the costs and benefits and trying to spend taxpayer dollars on something that you cannot stop versus the changes that have been occurring forever. That's the real debate."
Politico, 11/10/10
IllinoisilRepresentativeRepublicanDarin LaHood*TRUEFALSE
“The climate is changing and I believe humans play a role in that. There is no doubt about that. The question is, at whatever do they play a role? Is it 51 percent? Is it 35 percent? I am open minded to listen to people who can give me a different view on that."
The State Journal-Register, 4/22/2017
IndianainRepresentativeRepublicanTodd RokitaTRUEFALSE
"I see more science coming out that ocean currents have tremendous amount more to do with the changing of our climate than anything humans produce.” In response to the question"When will you believe it?" Rokita responed, “When I have actual scientific proof … instead of liberal opinion."
Journal and Courier, 6/28/2016
IndianainRepresentativeRepublicanLarry BucshonTRUEFALSE
"When it comes to climate change let's talk facts! The temperature of the Earth has varied for centuries."
Twitter, 9/10/2013
IndianainRepresentativeRepublicanJim Banks*TRUEFALSE
“I believe that climate change in this country is largely leftist propaganda to change the way Americans live and create more government obstruction and intrusion in our lives,”
The Journal Gazette, 10/4/2016
KansasksRepresentativeRepublicanRoger MarshallTRUEFALSE
As reported by KMAN News Radio, Rep. Marshall "disputed one person who told him 97 percent of the scientific community agrees human activity is a contributor." He responded, "Actually, probably half the scientists don’t agree that it’s as black and white as you say it is."
KMAN News Radio, 4/3/2017
KentuckykyRepresentativeRepublicanThomas MassieTRUEFALSE
Rep. Thomas Massie challenged President Obama to roll out the proof that humans have played a hand in climate change. Massie said he was “disappointed” that the president in his second inaugural address blamed droughts on “human activity” and accused some of “denying the evidence of scientists,” the Washington Times reported. “As somebody with a science-type background, I took offense at that,” Mr. Massie said during a panel meeting billed as “Conversations With Conservatives.” “I would challenge him to show us the linkage — the undeniable linkage — between droughts and the change of weather, and some kind of human activity.”
Washington Times Inside Politics Blog, 1/22/13
KentuckykyRepresentativeRepublicanJames Comer*TRUEFALSE
“I do not believe in global warming. I’m the one person whose business and livelihood depends on Mother Nature, so I understand weather patterns. We’ve had a very severe winter this year with 12-inch snows, so there is no global warming.”
WFPL 89.3, 3/11/2016
LouisianalaRepresentativeRepublicanSteve ScaliseTRUEFALSE
”I know the president loves talking about global warming – and they’re canceling flights all around the country due to snow blizzards.”
MSNBC, 2/26/15
MarylandmdRepresentativeRepublicanAndrew HarrisTRUEFALSE
Despite past comments saying he "believe[s] the actual science is uncertain," at a recent town hall Rep. Harris "said he believes in climate change,"as reported by the Bay Times and Record Observer. However, he did not respond to ThinkProgress to clarify if he believes that the science is settled.
Bay Times and Record Observer, 4/5/2017 ||| Star Democrat, 8/23/13
http://www.myeasternshoremd.com/qa/spotlight/article_5a94341c-b499-5dd7-b516-20075d287782.html ||| http://www.stardem.com/news/local_news/article_3e9d58c7-afd2-509d-afe2-7e1850bed9b5.html
MainemeRepresentativeRepublicanBruce PoliquinTRUEFALSE
“Clearly our climate is changing; the question is, is man responsible for that climate change? I personally am suspect.”
Maine Public Broadcasting Network, 6/4/10
MichiganmiRepresentativeRepublicanBill HuizengaTRUEFALSE
Columnist at the Holland Sentinel wrote that she "recently received a letter from U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, which questioned 'the extent to which reducing American emissions would impact climate change.'" Previously, in 2010, Rep. Huizenga was quoted saying “Today’s global warming doomsayers simply lack the scientific evidence to support their claims. A host of leaders in the scientific community have recognized that the argument for drastic anthropogenic global warming is no longer based on science, but is being driven by irrational fanaticism.”
Holland Sentinel, 3/7/2017 ||| VoteMI.org, 12/8/10
http://www.hollandsentinel.com/news/20170304/my-take-ignoring-evidence-of-climate-change ||| http://vote-mi.org/Intro.aspx?State=MI&Id=MIHUIZENGABILL
MichiganmiRepresentativeRepublicanJustin AmashTRUEFALSE
"I believe the climate changes," Amash said. "The question is, what do you do about it? The data set we're dealing with is very small."
Michigan Live, 4/12/2017
MichiganmiRepresentativeRepublicanFred UptonTRUEFALSE
“We’ve experienced climate change for a long time, highs and lows. We had the coldest winter ever last winter. There was a report out that the Great Lakes are six degrees below what they were a year ago. I don’t know that climate scientists can really predict where we’re headed.”
Michigan Live, 10/17/14
MichiganmiRepresentativeRepublicanTim WalbergTRUEFALSE
“I read scientists, editors … an equal number at the very least that say just the opposite that this is something that’s gone on for eons, that we go through these cycles.”
Town Hall, 7/25/08
MichiganmiRepresentativeRepublicanJohn MoolenaarTRUEFALSE
"I think climate change is something we need to have a better understanding of… On the area of climate change, we need to learn new things.”
Listening Session, 4/19/17
MinnesotamnRepresentativeRepublicanErik PaulsenTRUEFALSE
Representative Erik Paulsen who, when asked if he believes humans are contributing to global warming, responded, “I’m not smart enough to know.”
The New Republic, 4/22/15
MinnesotamnRepresentativeRepublicanTom EmmerTRUEFALSE
"You've got a hundred scientists over here and a hundred scientists over there.... you will always find opposite sides of the issue....my commitment is this... we all want clean air, we all want clean water..."
Youtube, 2/22/17 [39:12]
MinnesotamnRepresentativeRepublicanJason Lewis*TRUEFALSE
"We're told climate change is weather extremes--very hot and very cold. Yeah, we used to call that summer & winter. Right now it's winter."
Tweet, 5/9/2016
MissourimoRepresentativeRepublicanAnn WagnerTRUEFALSE
“The field of climate science is in its relative infancy and it appears that some within the public policy world have made dubious assessments of scientific information in order to further their own political agenda. Our policy response to this dilemma should not be based on inconsistent and unsound science or driven by the fear of a supposed catastrophe.”
Riverfront Times, 5/29/13
Blaine Luetkemeyer
“For far too long, American tax dollars have been sent to the United Nations to produce controversial science and feel-good conferences... I hope my legislation makes it to the floor quickly to ensure that no future taxpayer dollars are spent to advance the United Nations’ global warming agenda.”
Luetkemeyer Press Release, 1/272015
MissourimoRepresentativeRepublicanVicky HartzlerTRUEFALSE
Rep. Hartzler has tweeted, “Enjoying another beautiful global warming day in Missouri! Rep. Skelton and the UN Summit need to quit their dist. of wealth for a hoax.” And “Global warming strikes America! Brrrr!”
Twitter, 12/15/09 ||| Twitter, 11/18/14
https://twitter.com/vickyhartzler/status/6709535806 ||| https://twitter.com/rephartzler/status/534688626484183040
MississippimsRepresentativeRepublicanGregg HarperTRUEFALSE
“I don’t believe that the science is at all settled on man-made global warming,” Rep. Harper said. He has also claimed that data showing global climate change has been “skewed and manipulated."
Mississippi State University Event, 11/2/12 ||| Washington Examiner, 6/26/14
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGgYk5H1yBo ||| http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2550237
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanWalter Jones Jr.TRUEFALSE
Spokesperson for Rep. Jones told McClathy that the Congressman is “is skeptical of the theory of man-made climate change."
McClatchy, 11/25/2016
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanVirginia FoxxTRUEFALSE
“North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx referenced books by climate-change skeptics and lamented that some environmentalists ‘think that we, human beings, have more impact on the climate and the world than God does.'”
Public Integrity, 4/6/11
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanMark WalkerTRUEFALSE
“We can be green without being extreme. Much of the ‘so-called’ science of climate change is contested though it’s made a few politicians quite wealthy. I believe that God provided the earth to us and we have a responsibility to conserve and respect the environment.”
Walker for north Carolina, via EMILY's List
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanDavid RouzerTRUEFALSE
"You have some scientists saying it is significantly influenced by mankind. You have some scientists say it is not influenced by mankind. Both are statements of fact," Rouzer said. "From a public policy perspective, when you're dealing with property values, tax bases, people's lives, public policy should be based on sound science. Not the opinion of this group of scientists or that group of scientists. It needs to be real concrete science where you absolutely know for certain. The scientific community is split on climate science."
WECT, 2/28/2017
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanRichard HudsonTRUEFALSE
When asked if human activity is contributing to climate change, Hudson responded no.
Project Vote Smart Political Courage Survey
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanRobert PittengerTRUEFALSE
“Pittenger doesn’t mind standing his ground, even when it’s lonely. For example, he’s the most prominent skeptic on a legislative commission on climate change. Like a sort of anti-Al Gore, he shows a PowerPoint full of statistics about halocarbons and nitrous oxide, and quotes from scientists who, like him, have tried to debunk the science behind global warming. ‘There are people up there relaxed about the system on both sides of the aisle,’ he said. ‘My job is not to go out there and just ‘kumbaya.'” Sen. Pittenger also suggested that snow disproves climate change. “Today, a Congressional hearing on global warming had to be cancelled because of all the March snow outside,” he tweeted.
Charlotte Observer, 4/1/08 ||| Robert Pittenger Twitter, 3/6/13
||| http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015-12-22/remember-the-congressmen-who-said-global-warming-doesnt-exist-because-its-cold
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanPatrick McHenryTRUEFALSE
As reported by the Citizen Times, "McHenry said he is leaving the debate over the existence or cause of global warming to scientists, but has backed the renewable energy industry."
Citizen-Times, 8/9/2016
North CarolinancRepresentativeRepublicanTed Budd*TRUEFALSE
Rep. Budd told the Greensboro News and Record that "he does not see 'clear evidence' that man contributes to climate change."
Greensboro News and Record, 10/21/2016
North DakotandRepresentativeRepublicanKevin CramerTRUEFALSE
1 yr ago the temp in Bismarck was -14. I love climate change. #globalwarming
Twitter, 11/14/2015
NebraskaneRepresentativeRepublicanAdrian SmithTRUEFALSE
"We are seeing serious doubts on the validity of the [climate] science of which is driving this flawed policy."
Youtube, 12/8/09
NebraskaneRepresentativeRepublicanDon Bacon*TRUEFALSE
"I don’t think we know for certain how much of climate change is being caused by normal cyclical changes in weather vs. human causes. I support legislation that allows for continued incremental improvement in our environment, but oppose extreme measures that create significant economic and job disruption."
Lincoln Star Journal Candidate Questionnaire, 10/14/2016
New JerseynjRepresentativeRepublican
Rodney Frelinghuysen
At a recent town hall Rep. Frelinghuysen claimed he "is not a denier," despite past comments the congressman made to National Journal that "With the weather patterns over the past five years… What causes it? Quite honestly, I don’t know…Humans have some effect on climate change. There’s so many factors." Rep. Frelinghuysen's office did not respond for comment from ThinkProgress.
NJ.com, 2/1/2017 ||| Politifact, 5/18/14
http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2017/03/frelinghuysen_zings_trump_respectfully_in_tele-tow.html ||| http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2014/may/18/jerry-brown/jerry-brown-says-virtually-no-republican-believes-/
New MexiconmRepresentativeRepublicanSteve PearceTRUEFALSE
“I googled this issue a couple of days ago, see that there are 31,000 scientists who say that human action is not causing the global warming at all. And in fact the last 17 years there has not been global warming, the temperature has been very stable for the last 17 years.”
Mother Jones, 10/28/14
NevadanvRepresentativeRepublicanMark AmodeiTRUEFALSE
As reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal, "Amodei described himself as new to climate change issues and stopped short of endorsing the scientific consensus that rising global temperatures are driven by humans burning fossil fuels for energy." “It bugs me just as much when somebody starts out it is all BS as when somebody starts out the world is going to end tomorrow,” Amodei said. “If you are really going to be fact based then you need people who are going to argue both ways. You just don’t want a bunch of ‘yes’ people.” Amodei did not respond to a request from ThinkProgress for comment.
Reno Gazette-Journal, 12/14/2016
New YorknyRepresentativeRepublicanPeter KingTRUEFALSE
"King believes reducing carbon dioxide emissions is important from a public health perspective but said yesterday he does not know whether CO2 is 'as deadly as some say it is.'"
E&E Daily, 3/22/2017
New YorknyRepresentativeRepublicanLee ZeldinTRUEFALSE
A spokesperson for Congressman Zeldin told Newsday that “Congressman Zeldin believes the climate has always been changing....While some people are stuck in the mud, throwing arrows, debating the exact calculation of how much of it is man-made, Congressman Zeldin believes it would be much more productive to start . . . working on positive solutions that all sides will agree on to improve our environment.”
Newsday, 2/17/2016
New YorknyRepresentativeRepublicanClaudia Tenney*TRUEFALSE
At a candidate forum, Tenney stated that "the science is not determined. It’s not certain." She has also refered to climate change as an "imaginary beast."
WSKG News, 9/30/2016 ||| University of Washington, 11/12/2016
http://wskgnews.org/post/candidates-talk-climate-change-suny-broome-forum#stream/0 ||| https://www.washington.edu/federalrelations/2016/11/10/meet-the-new-members-of-the-u-s-house-of-representatives/
OhioohRepresentativeRepublicanSteve ChabotTRUEFALSE
“Despite claims to the contrary, the evidence concerning man-made climate change is far from conclusive. However, what is conclusive is the damage some of the more extreme proposals intended to address climate change, like cap-and-trade, will have on our economy.”
Cincinatti.com, 3/27/15
OhioohRepresentativeRepublicanBill JohnsonTRUEFALSE
Johnson asserted in 2011, “I am not an alarmist that believes that greenhouse gas emissions coming from the coal industry are causing major problems.”
ThinkProgress, 6/6/13
OhioohRepresentativeRepublicanBob GibbsTRUEFALSE
As reported by the Kenyon Collegian Gibbs told a public meeting "that he did not believe there is a scientific consensus on whether or not humans affect the climate, which caused an uproar among the attendees."
Kenyon Collegian, 2/9/2017
OhioohRepresentativeRepublicanPat TiberiTRUEFALSE
Despite a history of climate denial and previous statements saying he “doesn’t think there is a consensus among scientists about whether global warming is proven," Rep. Tiberi wrote to a constitutent in 2014, stating that he "would like to see us address climate change in a balanced manner, on as broad of front as possible." However, he "still hasn't acknowledged the scientific agreement that exists or the risks that we take by ignoring that science," and Rep. Tiberi's office did not respond to a request for comment or to clarify his position.
Organizing for Action, 5/19/2014 ||| Columbus Dispatch, 12/20/09
https://www.ofa.us/news/congressman-patrick-tiberi-climate-change/ ||| http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2009/12/20/ohwarming.ART_ART_12-20-09_A3_J4G29E7.html
OhioohRepresentativeRepublicanSteve StiversTRUEFALSE
Stivers disagrees with the statement: “Man-made global warming is a scientific fact.”
NRDC Action Fund, 8/30/10
OklahomaokRepresentativeRepublicanJim BridenstineTRUEFALSE
"Mr. Speaker, global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago. Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with Sun output and ocean cycles. During the Medieval Warm Period from 800 to 1300 A.D.—long before cars, power plants, or the Industrial Revolution—temperatures were warmer than today. During the Little Ice Age from 1300 to 1900 A.D., temperatures were cooler. Neither of these periods were caused by any human activity.”
Congressional Hearing, 6/11/13
Markwayne Mullin
“I haven’t seen the reports that would get me to believe that anything’s different [with regards to climate change] than the patterns that we had that we’ve gone through the time of records.”
ThinkProgress, 8/9/13
OklahomaokRepresentativeRepublicanFrank LucasTRUEFALSE
“Most telling of the EPA’s irrational regulatory approach is how the EPA has concluded that the breath that we exhale, the gas that livestock expels, are dangerous pollutants and should be regulated by the Clean Air Act.”
April 7, 2011 House floor speech via Huffington Post, 6/26/14
PennsylvaniapaRepresentativeRepublicanScott PerryTRUEFALSE
“‘I do believe global warming is occurring … However, I do take exception, whether it’s man-made or not. I learned in public school, the scientific theory … You have a theory and it has to be proven. And I’m concerned anytime that a nation, or the world, makes up policy based on a theory that … has gained consensus but’ does not have proof, he said.” Perry’s denial could be softening. Last year, he said that humans to contribute to climate change, but questioned humans' impact: “There's ‘no doubt’ climate change has been happening," Perry said, and he thinks "man contributes to it to a certain extent."
YDR Politics, 9/20/12
PennsylvaniapaRepresentativeRepublicanGlenn ThompsonTRUEFALSE
Rep. Thompson said “I don’t see the science is settled.” He also suggested climate change is based on political science. “In the debate and most of the debate of the majority party here, it’s not so much based on real science as political science or even, to some degree, science fiction…. And so not even with the debate of, you know, are we warming the Earth or not warming the Earth, there’s a lot of smart folks out there that are publishing research or earning their dissertations based on debating that science. But what the experts agree upon, the researchers agree is, human activity is less than 4 percent contributes towards CO2 emissions.”
Congressional Record, 6/2/09 ||| Voices, 3/31/11
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2009-06-02/html/CREC-2009-06-02-pt1-PgH6063.htm ||| http://voicesweb.org/gt-thompson-discusses-environment
PennsylvaniapaRepresentativeRepublicanBill ShusterTRUEFALSE
“Protecting our environment for future generations is one of the most important issues facing our country and the world. There continues to be debate among the scientific community on the precise reason why global temperatures have gradually risen over the last century.”
WTAJ-TV, 8/18/08
PennsylvaniapaRepresentativeRepublicanLou BarlettaTRUEFALSE
"‘I have great admiration for Pope Francis and agree with him that preserving clean air and water, and a healthy environment, are goals that we should all want to achieve,’ Barletta said in a statement. ‘That said, I believe that the world moves in climate cycles, and there is evidence to indicate that we are currently in a cooling trend.’”
Morning Call, 6/17/15
PennsylvaniapaRepresentativeRepublicanKeith RothfusTRUEFALSE
Rothfus responded: “I do not believe it’s man-made and I am not convinced that it is a fact. I think the science is still out. I think for the last 15 years we haven’t had any warming” to the question: Do you believe that global warming which is now referred to as climate change is a fact, and if so do you believe that it is man-made?
Roundtable Interview, 9/8/10