The Skier’s Voting Guide

Choose your candidates on how they plan to save snow

PHOTO: Mike Brown

by Em-J Staples

PRESIDENTIAL RACE

YES
Hillary Clinton
Committed to Paris agreement, renewable energy, Clean Power Plan, and climate change legislation.

NO
Donald Trump
“Day One Project” of his presidency would cancel U.S. participation in Paris agreement, restart Keystone Pipeline, and repeal the Clean Power Plan and four other EPA programs that cut emissions.

NEW HAMPSHIRE SENATE RACE

YES
Maggie Hassan
New Hampshire’s current governor is a strong supporter of the Clean Power Plan and the Paris agreement.
She said: “Combating climate change is critical to our economy, our environment, our people, and our way of life.”

NO
Kelly Ayotte
Voted for the Clean Power Plan, but also for Keystone XL Pipeline and against clean energy tax credits.
“Our country needs a comprehensive energy policy that reduces U.S. dependence on foreign sources of energy. We can accomplish this through increased conservation efforts and by expanding our domestic energy sources. We can responsibly tap U.S. reserves of natural gas and oil, ensuring both a careful balance of environmental considerations while increasing domestic energy production, leading to job growth.”

NEW HAMPSHIRE HOUSE RACE

YES
Carol Shea Porter
An active member of environmental coalitions, Shea Porter has made climate change legislation a keystone of her campaign.

What she said: “The time to protect our environment and act on climate change is now. But to make this happen, we can’t send big coal and big oil friends to Washington in November.”

NO
Frank Guinta
Consistently votes against climate change legislation and opposes regulating CO2.

What he said: “One of the bills that I authored and co-sponsored was an ‘all of the above energy policy.’ I think with 19 million barrels of oil that we use today in America, and with seven million production, I think we can both increase exploration and production and we can reduce usage through smart conservation programs. […] I think you can have greater exploration of fossil fuels and natural gas.”

UTAH SENATE RACE

YES
Misty Snow
Has made climate change legislation and air pollution in Utah a keystone of her campaign. “The cost of not doing something is too high,” she said, calling for the government to invest in clean-energy technologies, such as wind and solar, to nudge them along. Doing so, she said, would create jobs and reduce carbon emissions faster. To pay for this initiative, she suggested a national gas-tax increase, similar to the increase Utah levied in the past year.

NO
Mike Lee
Co-sponsored the Federal Land Freedom Act, allowing state control of energy resources on federal land. He also signed the No Climate Tax Pledge.

UTAH HOUSE RACE

YES
Peter Clemens
A tireless advocate for clean energy and outdoor recreation economies. “[Climate change] will affect our snowpack, our water,” he said. “We cannot have politicians who are afraid to confront reality and deal with things before they become a problem.”

NO
Rob Bishop
Strongly supports an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy production and disregards Utah’s remarkable public lands. “Despite the fact that scientific data underlying the studies of global warming appear to have been manipulated to produce an intended outcome, EPA officials disregarded the contaminated science, calling it little more than a ‘blip on the history of this process.’”

WYOMING HOUSE RACE

YES
Ryan Greene
Believes in human-caused climate change, yet also supports the coal industry.

His words: “We’re blessed in Wyoming…If the market’s buying renewables, we have to sell them renewables. If it’s buying natural gas, we need to sell them natural gas.”

NO
Liz Cheney
Daughter of fossil-fuel magnate, Dick Cheney; Cheney’s plan for dealing with climate change is to do “nothing.”

What she said: “The science is just simply bogus, you know, we know that temperatures have been stable for the last 15 years.”

MONTANA HOUSE RACE

YES
Denise Juneau
An advocate for responsible resource management, she is determined to keep land, clean air, and water protected.

What she said: “As your next Congresswoman, I will ensure that future generations can hunt, fish, and access Montana’s public lands…These special places help drive our economy and create good-paying jobs all across the state, and that’s why I will never vote to sell off our public lands.”

NO
Ryan Zinke
Continually changes his position on climate change. Currently, he strongly believes volcanoes are the reason behind increased levels of CO2.

What he said: “Evidence strongly suggests that humans have had an influence on higher CO2. However, the evidence is equally as strong that there are other factors, such as rising ocean temperatures, that have a greater influence.”

CALIFORNIA HOUSE RACE

YES
Jim Reed
Advocate for clean water, air, and energy. Strongly supports protecting Northern California’s aquifers.

What he said: “As an electrical engineer, with a science background, there is no doubt in my mind that global warming is real, and manmade, and this can be confirmed by experiments in laboratories. The only real issue is what we can do about it—California needs to lead by example in fighting global warming.”

NO
Doug LaMalfa
A lifelong farmer who strongly opposes climate change legislation.

What he said: “It’s ‘bad science.’ It’s ‘Al Gore.’ It’s a ‘naturally occurring cycle.’ You should ‘look at the numbers.'”

YES
Patrick Malloy
Believes in manmade climate change and wants to create clean energy jobs in Southern California.

What he said: “The Republican-led Congress is harming our economy and damaging the environment by refusing to pass any legislation to fight climate change and global warming.”

NO
Duncan Hunter
He voted ‘yes’ on barring the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, and voted ‘no’ on forcing limits on CO2 global warming pollution.

What he said: “There is climate change. Is there human-caused climate change? I don’t buy that.”

COLORADO SENATE RACE

YES
Arn Menconi
A Green Party candidate in full support of climate change legislation.

What he said: “When I travel through the Western Slope and see the Halliburton trucks pulling fossil fuels out of the ground, I worry about our water, our love of place, and whether we are protecting our planet? When I speak to our representatives either here or in Washington, I see that they are running away from the people to raise money for the corporations.”

NO
Darryl Glenn
Very vocal that climate change is not caused by humans and rejects renewable energy.

What he said: “The climate is probably—could be changing,” putting doubt into the broad scientific consensus behind a warming planet. “But what we have to have is a debate over our involvement with that.”

COLORADO HOUSE RACE

YES
Jeff Bridges
Advocate for Colorado’s renewable energy sector.

What he said: “Encouraging renewable energy means more good-paying jobs for Coloradans, and a healthy environment we can all enjoy.”

NO
Ken Buck
Believes climate change is a big distraction for our military and is a major proponent of blocking the Pentagon’s climate plan.

What he said: “Senator Inhofe was the first person to stand up and say this global warming is the greatest hoax that has been perpetrated. The evidence just keeps supporting his view, and more and more people’s view, of what’s going on.”

WASHINGTON SENATE RACE

YES
Patty Murray
Has consistently supported climate change legislation and fought for funding of alternative energy research.

What she said: “Climate change will also have serious ramifications for our economy and the federal budget, and failure to confront it will make it harder to meet our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges.”

NO
Chris Vance
Vance believes in climate change, but not in taxing fossil fuels. He thinks technology will stop global warming.

What he said: “We need a balanced energy policy that grows our economy while addressing the issue of climate change. Carbon taxes and cap and trade are not the answer. Raising taxes on energy will hurt our economy, and raising taxes on Americans will certainly do nothing to reduce carbon emissions in China and the rest of the developing world.”

WASHINGTON HOUSE RACE

YES
Joe Pakootas
Believes in supporting and funding EPA regulations and maintaining snowpack to help alleviate drought for farmers.

What he said: “Climate change is proven and it is real.”

NO
Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The chair of the House Republican Conference, Rodgers in January 2015 cosponsored the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would deny EPA authority to limit greenhouse gases.

What she said: “We believe Al Gore deserves an ‘F’ in science and an ‘A’ in creative writing.”

VERMONT SENATE RACE

YES
Patrick Leahy

Voted ‘yes’ on protecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. He is chairman of the State and Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee, traveling across the world to promote renewable energy.

What he said: “Unfortunately, many in Congress–and many leaders in other lands–have preferred to ignore or even deny the clear evidence of these threats to civilization. The earlier we take seriously these warnings and this evidence, and act on them, the more success we will have in addressing them, while at the same time growing our economy here at home by developing and deploying clean, smart, and renewable energy resources.”

NO
Scott Milne

Has publicly stated he believes in climate change, but has not mentioned climate change legislation in his campaign.

What he said: “Climate change is a reality… We want to be responsible citizens, but the government can’t be sticking its neck out and getting too far overboard on spending money on this.”