Editor's note: The candidates' responses to the following question are exactly as submitted, without any editing.
13. Does Congress have a role in curbing global warming?
There's evidence to show that we're having an impact on the environment. Whether we can mitigate that effect does not come down to us just as a district, state, or even country. Especially if we pursue policies that constrain our economic growth.
This is a global problem and as your congressman, I am committed to not taking any steps that will put us at an economic disadvantage against the rest of the world. It doesn't make sense to restrict growth when there are other opportunities that can strengthen our economy such as innovation in clean energy solutions that can both limit the emission of greenhouse gasses while also growing our economy.
Once consensus is reached on the causes of global warming, I believe Congress can play a significant role in curbing it. Congress should not use global warming as a political tool - the stakes are far too high. It is worth noting, that the strongest step taken to protect our atmosphere from harmful chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) was taken during the Reagan & George H.W. Bush years.
Some of the best scientific minds are working to understand what role, if any, the human race has on the global rise in temperatures. To deny that humans have had no effect or that humans are the sole effect are both extreme answers to a topic still under debate and study. I am certain that with continued insistence and support from Congress, scientists-and not special interests groups-can come to understand global warming and how we can approach the issue.
Congress can fund these efforts, exercise scrutiny and independence in these studies, and ensure that it works with scientists in understanding changes that will benefit the climate, without harming our ability to operate in a technological world.
(Editors note: We received Didier’s answer July 23)
There is an assumption in the question that global warming is fact. Having studied the issue extensively, I find as many scientists that deny it, as those that claim it. Call me a skeptic if you will, but first I would have to be convinced that global warming is a problem of the magnitude so many of the left-wing academics are claiming it to be. I’ve never found global warming alarmists such as Al Gore to be objective and trustworthy sources of information, and there seems to be no genuine scientific consensus at this time as to what is really happening with the climate, or the true cause. As a farmer, I do know that I have been dealing with a slight cooling trend on a local level that has been noticeable since the 1970’s; and as of just a few weeks ago, boaters were still having a tough time navigating the ice chunks still bobbing around the Great Lakes after this year’s brutal winter. Climate change has happened throughout all of history. The challenge today is finding objective, agenda-free information on this matter.
The Earth experiences periods of climate change manifested in extended periods of cold and warmth. There is nothing Congress can do to avert these periodic changes in weather patterns - they are natural, however, we do need good science to help us understand the cause and affect of these changes.
Well, it is suggested that somehow the air that plants breathe is dangerous and supposedly causing global warming. I believe the issue is so politicized that it is really hard to know for sure if it is occurring. So I would suggest a bill that does research. Those members in congress who believe in government intervention will be required to stop producing the air that plants breathe so we can research whether that has an impact on global temperatures. In my educated opinion, science seems to suggest that global warming is a completely natural phenomenon separate from human behavior. It is even silly to suggest that humans are not part of nature. Ultimately returning the value of our dollars through Abolishing the Fed will give the people the prosperity they need to combat these issues, whether real or imagined, without government coming in to try to control the weather.
Congress should have an honest and respectful debate about this issue. Those of us who are wary of the negative economic impact to America caused by schemes like Cap and Trade have been branded "climate deniers," which only hardens people's positions on both sides.
Of the global warming proposals I've seen, the proposed benefits have been vague and hard to quantify, while the negative economic impact in the form of higher energy costs has been severe, especially when countries like China aren't bound to the same agreements and limits.
Gordon Allen Pross
Global warming has come and gone over the course of time.
Just because there is no evidence to prove that P does not exist does not prove that P does not exist. So until the jury is out prudent mine will agree that it behoves us all to do what is valid and true.
Congress plays the biggest role in Global warming. 111 bills have been passed to enhance climate action and 68 bills hinder it.
Glen R. Stockwell
No, I have watched Planet Earth and the discovery channel's many times over the years. Our planet was created by God and many scientists around the world have agreed the Earth has gone through these cycles for centuries!
If I remember correctly the winter of 2013 was the 1st winter in recorded history when all of the Great Lakes completely froze over and no shipping was taking place! Does that sounds like global warming to you?
As your next Congressman, the direction, I will pursue is to bring experts in "who contest Global Warming" and put it in the Congressional Record! The last time, I read the number of Scientist; I believe it was around 32,000 worldwide. The US Congress's role will be to protect the Republic and defend the Constitution! By killing all legislation or any references to agreeing, participating in or coming under "UN Control concerning Global Warming"! It is a scheme & a scam!
Al Gore was told at the Earth Summit in 2012, if he opened his mouth, they were going to throw him in Jail. As I remember, it was reported worldwide Al Gore kept his mouth shut! Al doesn't like those European Prison Showers!
The carbon tax is just one more scheme by the Rothschild's, Roosevelt's and others to create a large pool of money to be used to finance their world agendas!
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