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Politicians' Voting Record on the Environment

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List RulesVote up the politicians whose voting record on environmental issues you agree with most.

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.

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  • Sherrod Brown
    Photo: Office of Senator Sherrod Brown / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Voting Record: Democratic Senator who has generally supported climate change legislation, while maintaining that climate change is real and caused by humans. Voted against Keystone XL pipeline. Did briefly consider filibustering climate change bill due to concerns about effects on American manufacturing, but later voted for it.

    Quote: "The senator feels for the past eight years the issue of climate change has really been ignored by the Bush administration. He appreciates President Obama’s lead here in taking a strong step to spur a national conversation on climate change, but he thinks climate change warrants a national solution. He’ll continue to work with his colleagues on climate change legislation that will help create jobs when it comes to manufacturing and green energy.”
    - Statement on Brown's Senate website, 2009

     

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  • Harry Reid
    Photo: United States Congress / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Voting Record: As Senate Minority Leader, Reid supports scientific consensus on climate change, and believes Republican action is making the problem worse.

    Quote: "Climate change is threatening the world, and we are already experiencing its disastrous effects. In the last year alone, we have encountered record wildfires, crippling drought and increased temperatures. Immediate action must be taken if we are to be successful in combating this crisis."
    - 2019 op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune

     

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  • Dianne Feinstein
    Photo: United States Congress, US Senate Photo/Becky Hammel / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    Voting Record: Supporter of climate change legislation. Voted against barring EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and in support of cap-and-trade. She was the lead sponsor of the  California Desert Protection Act and helped pass the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act.

    Quote: "In the coming decades, all of us will be asked by our children and grandchildren, “When you served in public office, did you do everything in your power to combat the threat of climate change?” This is a chance to seize a historic opportunity to protect the health and safety of our people, to expand our economy, and to help safeguard our environment for generations to come."
    - Joint statement with Senator Barbara Boxer

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  • Charles B. Rangel
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    Voting Record: The former House member has voted down Democratic party lines on climate issues, and even led efforts to improve regulations.

    Quote: "Climate change is a real threat to the health, environment and economy of our district, city, state and planet. I applaud President Obama's aggressive action today to address this growing danger that affects all of us."
    - Statement on President Obama signing new EPA guidelines in 2014

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