Congressman Bruce Poliquin, R-2nd District, says climate change isn’t real. Maybe he doubts that the polar ice caps are shrinking, and doubts that ocean levels are rising, and doubts that heat waves are becoming more common, and doubts that every one of the past 38 years has been warmer than the 20th century average? But in his skepticism on every one of these points he is dead wrong. The overwhelming scientific evidence shows that climate change is real.

Poliquin has voted against investments in alternative energy uses. His campaign finance reports show his reliance on Big Oil for election campaign funding. An elected member of Congress who ignores massive evidence — evidence that is credited by the vast majority of scientists around the world, and accepted almost universally by climate scientists — is not a person who cares about the well-being of the people he is supposed to represent, and does not deserve our votes for re-election.

David Bussey