Video and accompanying text compiled by:
Ridwan Meah, Fariha Hossain, Abubakr Ali, Ahmed Attia—students of Freedom and Citizenship, 2015-2016
Teaching Assistant: Ruby Simon
What the Candidates Said
“The science of climate change is unforgiving, no matter what the deniers may say. Sea levels are rising; ice caps are melting; storms, droughts and wildfires are wreaking havoc. … If we act decisively now we can still head off the most catastrophic consequences ...The political challenges are also unforgiving. There is no getting around the fact that the kind of ambitious response required to effectively combat climate change is going to be a tough sell at home and around the world at a time when so many countries including our own are grappling with slow growth and stretched budgets."
“I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable,” he said. “And I do think human activity contributes to it." Also, "There’s no use in denying global warming exists. The question is what we do to deal with it,” Christie said. But he doesn't believe that programs intended to limit carbon emissions like cap and trade are effective. He called for a "global solution," rather than unilateral cuts by the U.S., according to CBS News.
"I'm sure human activity is having an impact on the climate," Jindal told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast in September 2014. "But I would leave it to the scientists to decide how much, what that means, what are the consequences." He argues that Obama administration policies have hurt the environment and the economy and has said Louisiana won't comply with the administration's Clean Power Plan, which aims to curb carbon emissions from power plants.
"If you look to the satellite data in the last 18 years there has been zero recorded warming. Now the global warming alarmists, that's a problem for their theories. Their computer models show massive warming the satellite says it ain't happening. We've discovered that NOAA, the federal government agencies are cooking the books," he said.
"The governor has long believed climate change is real and we need to do something about it. the debate over exact percentages of why it is happening is less important than what can be done about it. We know it is real, we know man hasn't impact, and we know we need to do something." "We don't want to destroy peoples job based on some theory that is not proven."
""I'll tell you what I think about climate change. The temperature's either going up or down at any point in time, so it really is not a big deal," he told a group of Republicans in Des Moines, Iowa in May, according to the Des Moines Register. "What is a big deal is that the environment is under our control. We do have a responsibility to pass it on to those behind us in at least as good a condition as we found it, hopefully an improved condition."