Earth Day: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Modify

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 5:51 PM

Ted Cruz — have said they don't believe in climate change. None of the Republicans currently running, including OH Gov.

Earth Day: Where the Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Modify

In presidential politics, Earth Day has become politically charged, particularly in the Republican Party where two of the three remaining presidential candidates — Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz — have said they don't believe in climate modify.

None of the Republicans currently running, including OH Gov. John Kasich, who believes humans do contribute — at minimum in part — to climate change, even acknowledged Earth Day latest year in any public comments.

Trump, who'd not declared his candidacy yet at this point in two thousand-fifteenth, at the time released a video about American infrastructure makes the U. south. a "laughing stock." Cruz co-wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Str Journal in support of free trade agreements. On April twenty-two latest year, Kasich wrote an opinion piece in an OK newspaper praising the state for passing a balanced budget resolution.

On the Democratic side, both Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders believe climate modify is a critical challenge facing the world.

Here are the most defining things each candidate has said about climate change:

He blames China for the climate "hoax."

The lawyer attempts to justify his disbelief in climate modify by quoting scientific data and calls those concerned with climate modify portion of the "climate industrial complex."

"For the last eighteen years there'south been number significant warming whatsoever," Cruz said while chairing a Senate Commerce Committee hearing titled Data or Dogma on climate modify in December.

Most scientists and Politifact, however, declare that highlighting only the past eighteen years is "cherry-picking" and don't get into account the larger picture.

And two thousand fifteen was found to be the hottest year on record.

Believes humans cause climate modify but he'south not sure how much.

"I think that man absolutely affects the environment, but as to whether, what the impact is… the overall impact — I think that'south a legitimate debate," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"We don't wish to demolish people'south jobs, based on some theory that's not proven," he added.

Kasich doesn't propose any solutions to combat climate change. He doesn't think the federal government should regulate emissions and he'south a supporter of all types of energy production, including coal and fossil fuels.

Sanders calls climate change "the single greatest threat facing our planet."

His solution: "Transition to an economy powered by more than eighty % spotless energy sources by two thousand fifty," he writes on his website. "That starts with simple, commonsense steps: instead of subsidizing massive fossil fuel corporations, we can create millions of jobs for working families by investing in clean energy."

While Clinton doesn't call it the "greatest" threat, she does declare it's "an urgent threat and a defining challenge."

To address the issue, Clinton proposes increasing investment in renewables, cutting subsidies for fossil fuels and strengthen efficiency standards.

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