Climate Change

Climate change

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

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What the Candidates Said

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

“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."

Chris Christie
Chris Christie

“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.

Bobby Jindal
Bobby Jindal

"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.

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz

"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.

John Kasich
John Kasich

"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."

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice."

Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio

"I do not believe human activity is causing dramactic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it." "And I do not believe that the laws they proposed we passed will do anything about it, except it will destroy our economy."

Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders

"Climate change is the single threat facing the planet." "We need to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into sustainable energy."

Jeb Bush
Jeb Bush

"The climate is changing," but, he added, "I don't think the science is clear on what percentage is man-made and ... what percentage is natural. It's convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on this is just really arrogant.'"

Ben Carson
Ben Carson

""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."