The Candidates on Climate

Our members of Congress are in the best position to slow climate change. They can transition us to clean energy in a way that grows America’s economy and jobs.

Before you vote in any election, find out your candidates’ positions on climate change and energy. It’s important to note that energy policies that promote the free market production of natural gas increase greenhouse gas emissions—a primary cause of climate change.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2018 for all the offices mentioned below preceded by the primaries on May 15, 2018.

Candidates for the Pennsylvania new 13th Congressional district

New 13th

John Joyce (R) on Facebook and on the web

Frankstown, Blair County
On his webpage Joyn Joyce takes a stance on several issues like social security, immigration etc. As of Aug 12, 2018, the environment and climate change are not mentioned.

Brent Ottaway (D) on Facebook and on the web

Hollidaysburg, Blair County.
Announced his candidacy on March 2, 2018.
From his web page:
"Climate Change is not a debate; it is fact. The staggering costs of denying that fact are becoming more and more apparent. My approach will be a breath of fresh air, as I work for sensible solutions that will increase sustainability while providing jobs that pay a living wage."
The Pledge: “I pledge to not take contributions from the oil, gas, and coal industry and instead prioritize the health of our families, climate, and democracy over fossil fuel industry profits.”

Candidates for the US Senate

Pennsylvania will elect a single US Senator in 2018 with Robert Casey as the incumbent.

Lou Barletta (R) on the web

Hazleton City, Luzerne County

Robert Casey (D, incumbent)

Scranton, Lackawanna County

Bob Casey's stance on environmental issues and climate change in particular is clear. On his web site at he states :

"Senator Casey believes we must rise to the challenge of climate change and revitalize our economy by increasing our efforts in the areas of energy efficiency; developing and adopting cleaner ways of producing electricity; and creating jobs. Senator Casey supports the need for a comprehensive climate change plan and EPA’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. Senator Casey voted to support EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Senator Casey is also a cosponsor of the Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Act and has previously sponsored bills to support carbon capture and sequestration research and liability issues."

Candidates for Pennsylvania's Governor

Scott Wagner (R) on the web

Spring Garden Township, York County
Participated in forum on Jan 20, 2018 in Pittsburgh : Laura Ellsworth, Paul Mango, Mike Turzai, and Scott Wagner seeking the Republican nomination

According to Scott Wagner in his keynote address to a gathering of natural gas advocates in Harrisburg in March of 2017 announced :

“I haven’t been in a science class in a long time, but the earth moves closer to the sun every year–you know the rotation of the earth,” Wagner said. “We’re moving closer to the sun.”

He added, “We have more people. You know, humans have warm bodies. So is heat coming off? Things are changing, but I think we are, as a society, doing the best we can.”

Tom Wolf (D) on the web

York, York County, PA

Governor Tom Wolf’s statement on the President’s executive order rolling back environmental protections, March 27, 2017 :

“The science of climate change is settled and the President’s actions today turn the federal government’s back on Pennsylvania’s environment and our economy. Today’s action by the President will do nothing to help coal communities but will exacerbate the negative impact climate change is having on our economy – from agriculture to tourism.
We can reduce Pennsylvania’s carbon emissions — while creating new, good-paying jobs — by promoting a cleaner energy mix including wind, nuclear, solar, energy efficiency, natural gas and clean coal. My administration will continue to actively seek ways to reduce the impact of climate change on our citizens and businesses."

Candidates for Pennsylvania's Senate

Franklin County, PA, is split between two PA Senate Districts, # 30 and # 33. PA Senators are elected to a four-year term with the even numbered district up for election in 2018 and the odd-numbered in 2020.
For PA Senate District 30 :

Emily Best (D) on the web

McConnellsburg, Fulton County, PA

Judy Ward (R) on the web

Hollidaysburg, Blair County, PA

Candidates for Pennsylvania's General Assembly

Franklin County is split between four General Assembly districts, # 78, 82, 89, 90. Members to the General Assembly will be elected every two years.

78th District

Deb Baughman (D) on the web

Saxton, Bedford County, PA

Jesse Topper (R) on the web

Bedford, Bedford County, PA

82th District

Kimberly Hart (D) on Facebook

??, PA

John Hershey (R) on the web

Mifflintown, Juniata County, PA

89th District

Rob Kauffman (R) on the web

Scotland, Franklin County, PA

90th District

Paul Schemel (R) on the web

Greencastle, Franklin County, PA