Nevada’s Sharron Angle is the woman running against Senator Harry Reid (D). She is also one of the Republican candidates who deny climate change is occurring. Angle calls climate change a “fraudulent science.” A survey by the Wonk Room found that almost all the Republican Senate candidates are climate change deniers. Not one of them supports climate change action. Angle is not alone as the following comments from two Senate candidates indicate:
“I don’t think there’s the scientific evidence to justify it. The climate is always changing.” Mark Rubio, Florida
“It’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity.” Ron Johnson, Wisconsin
“The GOP is stampeding toward an absolutist rejection of climate science that appears unmatched among major political parties around the globe, even conservative ones,” declared a recent National Journal article. The article pointed out that if the U.S. does not take action against climate change “it will be difficult for the world to move.”
There is a link between the Republican Senate candidates who deny the existence of climate change and oil money. Many of the Republican Senate candidates signed the Americans For Prosperity No Climate Tax Pledge. According to an investigation by Desmogblog, AFP is the “third largest recipient of funding from the Koch Family Foundations.” The Koch Family Foundations is run by oil baron Charles G. Koch. Koch is also funding California’s Proposition 23.
Many Republican Senate candidates also signed Freedom Works’ Contract From America. The Contract rejects cap and trade and supports passing an “all-of-the-above energy policy.” Remember the quote by Mark Rubio? Consider that he received $10,333 for his campaign from Freedom Works.
The mid-term elections are two weeks away. Will American voters reject the GOP candidates who deny climate change is occurring? A recently released study found that 63 percent of Americans “believe that global warming is happening.” Half of those surveyed believe climate change is caused by human activities. The majority of the respondents (72 to 78 percent) cited science agencies, scientists, science programs, and science museums as their “most trusted sources of information about global warming.” If the study is any indication, maybe Americans will reject the climate change deniers.