The voting record of politicians on issues related to the environment and climate change almost always goes by party lines. Regardless, it's good to have a handy guide to the environmental voting records of 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.
Voting Record: 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.
Quote: "Before the 2008 crash, investors and the government failed to address growing risks in our financial system. We're making the same mistake with climate change today—we know it's coming, but we're not doing enough to stop it."
- WarrenAgree with their record?
Voting Record: The Senate Democratic 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 greenhouse gas emissions.
Quote: "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.”
- DurbinAgree with their record?
Voting Record: As House Democratic Whip, Hoyer publicly supported President Obama's climate change measures. He has spoken out against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords.
Quote: "[President Obama]'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."
- HoyerAgree with their record?
Voting Record: Has consistently sponsored bills and supported legislation to reduce the environmental impact of the US on the world. Supports cap-and-trade, called for reducing US carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. Rejected controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
Quote: "President Obama believes that no challenge poses a greater threat to our children, our planet, and future generations than climate change — and that no other country on Earth is better equipped to lead the world towards a solution."
- The White House of President ObamaAgree with their record?