Saturday, January 17, 2015

Climate Denier Congress

In the 2014 mid-term election, American voters made Republicans the majority party in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. 

Let's just take one major issue - Global Climate Change.   There is no question that pollution from our dependence on coal and oil has caused a warming of the Earth's atmosphere, that is already causing some very unsettling consequences. Ninety-seven percent of  atmospheric scientists affirm that climate change is real, and that it is caused by humanity's addiction to dirty fossil energy.  Many, if not all, of the three percent of scientists that say climate change is not real are on retainer to corporations that make their money selling, oil, coal, and or natural gas. 

The physics of climate change are simple. It is real. Those who question that all seem to be connected in some way to the fossil energy industry.

So, where does the new congress stand on climate change? Conservative Republicans are the majority party in both houses of Congress. In the Senate, seventy-two percent of Republicans are climate deniers. In the House, it's fifty-three percent are declared deniers.

It's no wonder our government is dysfunctional. We have the best congress big oil and coal can buy.


Presenting the Climate Denier Caucus of the 114th Congress

More Than Half Of All Congressional Republicans Deny Man-Made Climate Change

While the House gears up to vote on Keystone XL pipeline legislation tomorrow, here is a bit of important context: 53 percent of House Republicans in the new Congress are climate deniers.

Today, we at CAP Action released a comprehensive look at the extent of climate denial in the 114th Congress. While more than 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real and caused by human activity, 53 percent of House Republicans and 72 percent of Senate Republicans deny it. A truly alarming finding of our report: 91 percent of Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee deny humans are responsible for climate change.

You can read the full report, which has an interactive map with details on how each state performs, here. And be sure to check out the infographic below as well, which among other things, details how much this anti-science caucus has racked up in campaign contributions from dirty energy companies:

Taken from The Progress Report []

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