Are You Represented By a Climate Denier? The Chances Are Pretty Good.

October 5, 2020 0 By JohnValbyNation

More than six in 10 Americans are represented by a climate denier in Congress, according to new research from the Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF).

CAPAF researchers “classified any lawmaker who has questioned or denied the scientific consensus behind human-caused climate change, individuals who answered climate questions with the ‘I’m not a scientist’ dodge, those who claimed the climate is always changing, and individuals who questioned the extent to which human beings contribute to global climate change, as deniers.”

Fully 59 percent of the Republican House caucus and 70 percent of Republicans in the Senate fit the bill, the group said. These elected officials, who represent more than 202 million Americans, have raked in more than $73 million from fossil fuel industries over the course of their careers.

And their positions put them at odds with the vast majority of the general public. One recent poll showed that 76 percent of Americans said they believed climate change is occurring—including 59 percent of Republicans—while another found that a majority of Americans believe they are “morally obligated” to fight global warming. 

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It’s not just in the U.S. that the GOP’s climate denial sets it apart from the consensus.