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Kentucky's Climate Change Deniers

Meet Kentucky's Climate Change deniers.
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Rep. James Comer (R-KY-01)

Climate change denier

"I do not believe in global warming. I'm the one person whose business and livelihood depends on Mother Nature, so I understand weather patterns. We've had a very severe winter this year with 12-inch snows, so there is no global warming."

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Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02)

Climate change denier

Voted against an amendment to the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826) that would require Congress to accept the scientific finding "that greenhouse gas pollution is "contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects."
[League of Conservation Voters]


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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-04)

Climate change denier

"I would challenge him [President Obama] to show us the linkage—the undeniable linkage—between droughts and the change of weather, and some kind of human activity."
[The Washington Times]

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Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY-05)

Poor climate change voting record

Voted in support of an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015 (H.R. 4923), which would prohibit federal agencies from using funds "to design, implement, administer or carry out specified assessments regarding climate change."
[Kentuckians for the Commonwealth]

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Rep. Garland Barr (R-KY-06)

Poor climate change voting record

Voted in support of S.J. Res. 24, a "resolution of disapproval" under the Congressional Review Act that would nullify the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan—the first nation-wide limit on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, and key climate change policy.
[League of Conservation Voters]

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Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Climate change denier

"For everybody who thinks it's warming, I can find somebody who thinks it isn't."

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)

Climate change denier

"I think that scientific debate should not be dumbed down to politics. I think this debate has become so dumbed down beyond belief. The Earth is 4.54 [billion] or 4.6 billion years old. Anybody who's ever studied any geology knows that over periods of time, long periods of time, that the climate changes, mmkay? I'm not sure anybody exactly knows why. But we have twenty-, thirty-, hundred-thousand sort of year cycles that go on with the climate. It has been much warmer than it is today. We have real data [for] about 100 years. So somebody tell me what 100 years data is in an Earth that is 4.6 billion years old? My guess is that the conclusions you make from that are not conclusive."
[The Huffington Post]

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