Man-made climate change is settled science, yet for a variety of reasons, not all politicians will acknowledge this fact. Here’s a guide to where the 2016 presidential candidates stand on climate change.
Hillary Clinton (D)
Clinton believes that man-made climate change is a pressing issue. She has set a goal to produce 33% of the nation’s electricity from renewable sources by the year 2027. Clinton wants to install a half-billion solar panels by the year 2020 and generate enough energy from carbon-based resources within 10 years of inauguration to power every home in America.
In December 2014, Hillary stated, “The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say. Sea levels are rising; ice caps are melting; storms, droughts, and wildfire are wreaking havoc. …If we act decisively now we can still head off the most catastrophic consequences.”
Bernie Sanders (D)
To make certain that the planet is habitable for future generations, Sanders wants to lead the world in tackling the issue of climate change. He has secured $3.2 billion in the economic stimulus package for grants in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (funding upgrades for more than 86,000 buildings and installing more than 9,500 solar energy systems).
According to his campaign site, Bernie states, “We must transform our energy system away from polluting fossil fuels, and towards energy efficiency and sustainability. Millions of homes and buildings need to be weatherized, and we need to greatly accelerate technological progress in wind and solar power generation.”
Ted Cruz (R)
Cruz has made his stance clear on climate change. In July, Cruz said that facts do not support climate change and it’s just a front for power-hungry politicians who want to control Americans’ lives.
Ted Cruz went on to state, “There is no factual basis for scientists’ research that shows the planet is changing. None of the research is worth the paper it is written on. If you look at the satellite data for the last 18 years, there’s been zero recorded warming. The satellite says it ain’t happening. They’re cooking the books. They’re actually adjusting the numbers. Enron used to do their books the same way. I’m saying the facts and data don’t support it.”
John Kasich (R)
Kasich has said he believes climate change is a problem, yet chooses not to act on it. He has been in opposition of environmental efforts and rolled back Ohio’s clean energy goals. He has also joined in a challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency.
In July, Kasich said, “I happen to believe there is a problem with climate change. I don’t want to overreact to it, I can’t measure it all, but I respect the creation that the Lord has given us and I want to make sure we protect it.”
A month later, while being interviewed by Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Kasich had a different opinion on the matter: “I think that man absolutely affects the environment, but as to whether, what the impact is…the overall impact – I think that’s a legitimate debate. We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs, based on some theory that is not proven.”
Donald Trump (R)
Trump says climate change is a hoax and does not exist. In a 2012 Tweet, the Donald said, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
Trump has also criticized the Obama administration in a 2013 Tweet, saying, “.@whitehouse continues to defend the billions it pissed away on ‘green energy’ failures. bit.ly/11n5PGy Your money was wasted.”
Based on other Tweets from Trump, he apparently thinks that winters and cold weather in the U.S. disproves that there is global warming.
In July 2015, Trump told host of Palin Update Kevin Scholla that climate change is a myth and dismissed concerns it posed a threat to security. Trump said, “The real climate change is going to be nuclear climate change if we’re not smart and tough and very, very careful because that’s a big danger and that’s a real danger. I think Obama just said that the biggest threat that we have on the planet today is climate change, and a lot of people are saying, did he really say that? We have people chopping off heads and he’s talking about climate change. I call it weather. I call it weather. You know, the weather changes.”
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