Lord of the Tweets: Fellowship of the Climate

Source: BBC

If you’ve been following the unfolding tale of the Trump administration’s attacks on science, you know that last week was a grim chapter. The plot of this sad story reached a climax when Trump began the demolition of U.S. climate regulations and left us with the cliffhanger of Rep. Lamar Smith’s HONEST Act passing the House. What will happen next?!

However, as with all stories, when there are villains, there are also heroes. Harry Potter dueled Lord Voldemort, Batman fought the Joker, tiny David took down giant Goliath.

So this week, we’ve pulled up our sleeves and dug into research mode to find elected officials who stand up for science and defend climate. These are the heroes of our story.

It’s easy to denounce those who oppose climate action and deny the science, but we don’t often enough acknowledge our champions. So let’s change that.

From chapter one, we’ve had some consistent protagonists, like Sen. Bernie Sanders from Vermont:

“Ninety-seven percent of the scientists who wrote articles in peer-reviewed journals believe that human activity is the fundamental reason we are seeing climate change. Do you disagree with that?”

But we also found some unexpected supporting characters like Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Rep. Ted Deutch. The two Florida Congressmen are leading the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group (yes, Rep. Curbelo is a Republican!) in the House of Representatives that aims to work on policies addressing impacts and causes of climate change.

“Reasonable people can disagree about how to respond to the risks of climate change. But there should be little disagreement that it is something that must be done.”

And once we started digging for more climate advocates, the story began to tell itself.

Below, we’ve compiled a (pretty long) list that showcases representatives and officials from both sides of the aisle who have stood up for science, our climate and our futures over the past few weeks. They are the ones fighting the public battle against the climate denying villains.

If you see your representative in the list below, go find them on social media, write them a note or an email, or give their office a ring, and thank them for everything they are doing.

For example:

If you don’t see your representative or maybe even your state in the list below, but know other climate protagonists, please let us know in the comments!

Because as you may well know, no matter what, the heroes will prevail.


*member of Climate Solutions Caucus

CALIFORNIA

Rep. Nanette Barragán

Attorney General Xavier Becerra

Rep. Ami Bera

Gov. Jerry Brown

Sen. Kamala Harris

Rep. Darrell Issa*

Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Rep. Doris Matsui

Rep. Nancy Pelosi

Rep. Scott Peters*

Rep. Mark Takano

Rep. Juan Vargas*

COLORADO

Sen. Michael Bennet

CONNECTICUT

Rep. Elizabeth Esty

Rep. Jim Himes*

DELAWARE

Sen. Tom Carper

FLORIDA

Rep. Charlie Crist

Rep. Carlos Curbelo*

Rep. Val Demings

Rep. Ted Deutch*

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Rep. Brian Mast*

HAWAII

Sen. Brian Schatz

ILLINOIS

Sen. Dick Durbin

Rep. Bill Foster

Rep. Robin Kelly

Rep. Daniel Lipinski

Rep. Mike Quigley

Rep. Brad Schneider

MAINE

Rep. Chellie Pingree

MARYLAND

Rep. John Delaney*

Governor Martin O’Malley

Rep. Jamie Raskin

MASSACHUSETTS

Rep. Joe Kennedy

Sen. Ed Markey

Rep. Seth Moulton*

Rep. Niki Tsongas

MINNESOTA

Rep. Betty McCollum

MONTANA

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

NEBRASKA

Rep. Don Bacon*

NEW JERSEY

Sen. Cory Booker

Sen. Bob Menendez

Rep. Frank Pallone

NEW MEXICO

Sen. Martin Heinrich

Rep. Tom Udall

NEW YORK

Rep. Yvette Clarke

Rep. Eliot Engel

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Chuck Schumer

Rep. Elise Stefanik*

Rep. Paul Tonko

Rep. Lee Zeldin*

NEVADA

Rep. Mark Amodei*

OREGON

Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici*

Sen. Jeff Merkley

PENNSYLVANIA

Rep. Brendan Boyle*

Rep. Ryan Costello*

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick*

Rep. Patrick Meehan*

TENNESSEE

Rep. Steve Cohen

TEXAS

Rep. Lloyd Doggett

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

UTAH

Rep. Mia Love*

VERMONT

Sen. Bernie Sanders

Rep. Peter Welch*

VIRGINIA

Rep. Don Beyer

Rep. Gerry Connolly

Rep. Donald McEachin

WASHINGTON

Mayor Ed Murray

Rep. Dave Reichert*