Manmade climate change is happening. One would think that with hundreds of climate-related natural disasters declared since 2011, and 97 percent of climate scientists in agreement, elected officials would follow the evidence. But a shocking number — 55 percent — of congressional Republicans refuse to accept it. Most states have at least one representative who denies climate change science. And it’s even more pronounced in Republican leadership, where 90 percent deny climate science.
It’s no coincidence that deniers are funded in large part by the fossil fuel industry, which profits off of the emissions that cause global warming. Combined, the 157 members of the climate denier caucus have taken over $50 million in dirty energy contributions over the course of their careers. The 378 other Members of Congress and Senators have only taken $33 million total.
“Climate science deniers are defined as those who have made public statements indicating that they questioning whether climate change is happening or is caused by human consumption of fossil fuels.
Climate Progress has a new infographic that lays out the most important information about the Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus. The list of caucus members has two new members on it, be sure to check it out here.