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Climate change is no longer a thing of the future; it is here now. We need to elect true climate heroes - candidates who will fight back against Big Oil Super Pacs who are trying to buy Congress. When you contribute through this page, you register your strong support for bold action to address the climate threat.

In addition to supporting champions, you may want to learn about efforts to hold climate deniers accountable. We encourage support for CREDO's efforts to take down the Tea Party Ten, all of whom voted to gut the Clean Air Act. We also support League of Conservation Voter's efforts to displace the Flat Earth Five, and Sierra Club's Dirty Money Candidates



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Ben Cardin

MD-Sen

Senator Cardin is Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Water and Wildlife Subcommitte where he has worked hard to protect coastal communities against sea level rise and extreme weather. He is a strong advocate for clean energy and for climate solutions. He has opposed offshore oil and gas drilling in the mid-Atlantic and is a strong advocate for comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation.

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Bob Menendez

NJ-Sen

Senator Menendez, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership, has introduced legislation to end taxpayer handouts to the Big 5 oil companies who are making record profits on the backs of American consumers. He understands and speaks up about the fact that we cannot drill our way to a safe energy future. He has defended the environment in New Jersey and across the country since his election to Congress in 1992. Sen. Menendez worked hard for a strong climate bill in 2009, has been a staunch supporter of climate scientists in government and academia, and helped support solar, energy efficient lighting and offshore wind technologies in New Jersey and nationally.

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Bernie Sanders

VT-Sen

As the only member of both the Environment and Public Works and the Energy and Natural Resources Committees in the Senate, Senator Bernie Sanders has been our greatest champion for climate solutions. In a speech in July of this year, he took the floor of the Senate to counter climate denier James Inhofe.

The first bill Sanders introduced in the Senate sought reductions in carbon and other pollutants. When others speak in muted tones, Sanders speaks very clearly about the threat and the need for action now. Sanders has consistently fought to defend the EPA, end fossil fuel subsidies, and provide incentives for renewable energy. Sanders focuses intensively on the need to create clean energy jobs in Vermont and across the country.

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Sheldon Whitehouse

RI-Sen

Senate Whitehouse is a great champion for our climate. He not only votes right; he leads others. In June, 2012, on the floor of the Senate, he said, “People say there are questions about the theory [of climate change]. No, there are not...the jury is in, the effects are obvious, they surround us every day, and we need to take action.” As Chair of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Oversight, he has worked tirelessly to reduce global warming and mercury pollution, increase energy efficiency in public housing, and protect our coastlines and marine habitats.

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Donna Edwards

MD-04

How many candidates will jump into freezing water to show their support for action on climate change? Rep. Donna Edwards is one of those rare progressive leaders who takes principled positions, works well with her colleagues and fights like hell for what is right. She has worked consistently for reductions in carbon pollution and for clean energy technologies and programs. She has worked to defend the EPA and Clean Air Act, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to oppose offshore oil and gas drilling in the mid-Atlantic.

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Keith Ellison

MN-05

Keith Ellison is a strong advocate for energy independence through renewable energy. As a leader in the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Ellison advocates for strong and comprehensive climate and energy policy. During House debates over the American Clean Energy & Security Act (the 2009 climate bill), Ellison helped lead efforts to strengthen the bill. He has partnered with Senator Sanders to write a comprehensive bill to eliminate taxpayer subsidies to big fossil fuel companies.

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Edward Markey

MA-05

Congressman Ed Markey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, was tasked by Nancy Pelosi to take the lead in the House on finding solutions to climate change. He chaired the Select Committee on Energy Independence & Global Warming and introduced the American Clean Energy Security (ACES) Act in 2009. During his tenure on the select committee, Rep Markey held 80 hearings and briefings to develop an ambitious clean energy agenda for America. He has been a true hero for the environment and for clean energy technologies and jobs.

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Christopher Van Hollen, Jr

MD-08

Rep. Chris Van Hollen is a strong leader on energy and environmental policy, serving as the co-chairman of the bipartisan Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus and the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force. He has introduced an innovative bill that would slow greenhouse gas emissions and redirect funds from polluters to hard hit middle class households. In 2009 Rep. Van Hollen introduced a bill to provide funds to local governments to make loans to homeowners to make energy-efficiency upgrades; he also introduced legislation to create a government-backed “Green Bank” to reinvigorate the market for funding renewable energy projects. He is one of our great champions.

Henry Waxman

CA-33

Henry Waxman has been a champion for clean energy and our environment since he first entered Congress in 1974. He was the principal architect of the American Clean Energy and Security Act which would have reduced global warming pollution and generated two million new clean energy jobs if it had been passed in the Senate. He has worked to defend the Clean Air Act and EPA’s right to regulate greenhouse gases. In 1992 he introduced the first bill in Congress to address the threat of climate change.

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