The voting record of politicians on issues related to the environment and climate change almost always goes by party lines. Prominent Republican senators, congresspersons, and presidential candidates usually vote against any bill that would create new legislation or taxes to curb global warming. On the other hand, Democratic politicians and candidates tend to believe the scientific consensus on climate change, and vote accordingly.
With the 2016 election approaching, it's good to have a handy guide to the environmental voting records of the highest-polling candidates, as well as the high-ranking members of the Senate and House of Representatives. It's also helpful to know what they've said at various times, whether they believe the work of virtually all climate scientists, or if they think global warming is an ideological-driven hoax.Vote up the politicians you agree with the most, and vote down the ones you think are full of hot air.
Has consistently voted to support environmentally-friendly legislation while in the Senate. Supported climate change bill, and voted against building Keystone XL pipeline. Has introduced no climate change bills of her own, but has generally voted down Democratic party lines with environmental law.
"The science is unmistakable: Earth’s climate is changing and human activities are contributing to climate change. Climate change endangers our health and national security, it threatens agricultural production and access to clean water, and it risks floods and droughts."
- 2012 policy statement
The Senate Minority Whip who has championed environmental legislation, and consistently voted in support of it. Has particularly been a supporter of protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Voted against barring the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide emissions.
"The existence of man-made climate change is not a debatable issue, nor is it a vague or distant threat. It is a situation that requires serious attention immediately.”
- 2014 policy statement
As House Minority Whip, has publicly supported President Obama's climate change measures, and has voted for environmentally friendly legislation.
"The President’s framework for halting and reversing climate change embraces an all-of-the-above energy policy that reduces our dependence on foreign energy sources, achieves energy savings that will benefit consumers, and allows us to produce more of our energy at home."
- 2013 statement
Has reliably voted with Democrats on global warming-related issues, including voting yes on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. He's also voted yes on tougher mercury regulations, authorizing the Cash for Clunkers program, clean energy research, and climate change safeguards. Voted against Keystone XL pipeline.
"Anybody in New York who doubted the effects of climate change changed their minds after Sandy."
- Speech at the People's Climate March, 2014