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Donations by Musk Companies to Climate Change Deniers

Elon Musk’s companies have donated money to the campaigns of the worst of the worst in Congress, including James Inhofe, Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell.

The following is a list of Senators and Representatives to whom Musk’s companies have made campaign donations. Each of them has a lifetime rating of below 10% from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV). Each has voted repeatedly to defeat any attempt to regulate greenhouse gases or otherwise fight climate change. Each represents the exact opposite of the values Musk claims to uphold on climate change. Elon Musk helped these people get elected and re-elected.

SENATE
Name Years LCV Rating Views on Climate Change
John Cornyn (R, TX) 2010 2014 3% “Rushing to impose economically destructive and unrealistic measures that create more regulations and taxes, and less economic opportunity, isn’t the answer.”
Ted Cruz (R, TX) 2012 3% “Climate change is not science, it’s religion.”
Deb Fischer (R, NE) 2014 2016 7% “[Fischer] said she does not believe man has a huge impact on the climate.”
James Inhofe (R, OK) 2014 5% Leading Congressional climate change denier. Author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future
Ron Johnson (R, WI) 2014 2016 5% “Mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures.”
James Lankford (R, OK) 2014 2016 5% “This whole global warming myth will be exposed as what it really is — a way of control more than anything else.”
Mitch McConnell (R, KY) 2014 7% Led Senate opposition to Obama climate change policies. Top priority: “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”
Jerry Moran (R, KS) 2016 8% “the quasi-religion of green alarmism and global salvationism, of which the climate change dogma is the prime example”
Marco Rubio (R, FL) 2012 2016 6% "Sure the climate is changing because the climate has always been changing."
Roger Wicker (R, MO) 2012 6% Only US Senator to vote against resolution that “climate change is real and not a hoax.”
Ralph Abraham (R, LA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress.
Mark Amodei (R, NV) 2016 3% “I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over another in discussions of climate change.”
Brian Babin (R, TX) 2016 0% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress .
Jim Bridenstine (R, OK) 2014 2016 3% “[G]lobal temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago. Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with Sun output and ocean cycles.”
Ken Calvert (R, NV) 2010 2012 2014 2016 6% “As chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees spending on the Department of the Interior and the environment, Calvert said he’s fought job-killing regulations proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and worked to cut the EPA’s staffing to 1989 levels.”
John Carter (R, TX) 2014 2016 4% "Global warming is simply a chicken-little scheme to use mass media and government propaganda to convince the world that destruction of individual liberties and national sovereignty is necessary to save mankind, and that the unwashed masses would destroy themselves without the enlightened global dictatorship of these frauds."
Chris Collins (R, NY) 2014 3% “I look at Attorney General Pruitt as someone who understands balance. The EPA is out of balance, they’ve gone to the extreme . . . .”
Barbara Comstock (R, VA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress
Mike Conaway (R, TX) 2010 2% “I live in a part of the world that was an ocean. The Permian Sea. Something happened to the climate that now allows me to walk freely across that once sea floor without scuba gear. And man wasn’t around when that change occurred. So, climates change. Yes, that happens. Whether it’s [man] made change has yet to be determined.”
Paul Cook (R, CA) 2016 3% Clean Power Plan is “another example of this lawless administration side-stepping Congress and over-regulating the American economy.”
Ander Crenshaw (R, FL) 2012 2014 7% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
John Culberson (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 4% “This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided that the air we exhale, carbon dioxide, is toxic and poses a danger to our well-being. The EPA plans to use this “endangerment” finding to issue costly new emissions regulations on Americans – once again putting Washington in charge. This deeply undemocratic process is an arrogant attempt by the Obama Administration to enact by regulation what they could not pass through the people’s Congress.”
Ron DeSantis (R, FL) 2014 2% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress
Chuck Fleischmann (R, TN) 2016 3% When asked his opinion about global warming in a candidate debate Thursday night, 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, said this: "I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there."
Bill Flores (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 3% "It is time we stopped putting petty politics based on dubious 'agenda-driven, scientific' research ahead of creating more American energy."
Virginia Foxx (R, NC) 2014 4% "North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx referenced books by climate-change skeptics and lamented that some environmentalists 'think that we, human beings, have more impact on the climate and the world than God does.'"
Trent Franks (R, AZ) 2016 3% "I have yet to see clear and convincing evidence that it exists beyond historical fluctuations."
Kay Granger (R, TX) 2010 2012 2016 3% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Sam Graves (R, MO) 2016 5% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress
Tom Graves (R, GA) 2016 3% “The legislation the House passed today sends a powerful signal to the president and his climate conference in Paris: Congress will not subject the American people to a job-destroying climate agenda.”
Randy Hultgren (R, IL) 2012 2016 5% “The greatest impact on our climate clearly is the sun, and we have very little impact on the sun and how much energy and temperature the sun is sending to the earth.”
Duncan Hunter (R, CA) 2014 2016 2% “Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself."
Evan Jenkins (R, WV) 2016 4% “I'm fighting for coal by trying to reduce the regulatory burdens. We cut a billion dollars out of the EPA's proposed budget from the president. I went through the EPA and found that the president was planning to fund a theatrical performance on climate change. We've said, ‘No.’”
Steve Knight (R, CA) 2016 2% “For the past decade, California has embarked on a rash mission to curtail global warming.”
Barry Loudermilk (R, GA) 2016 0% “I believe that climate change is a function of nature; the climate has been changing as long as the Earth has existed”
Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) 2014 2016 3% “I think there are changes in the environment. There are a lot of items to contribute to it.”
Michael McCaul (R, TX) 2012 2016 6% “Co-sponsored H.Res.954, a resolution that stated: ‘Whereas recent events have uncovered extensive evidence from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England (in this resolution referred to as the ‘CRU’) which involved many researchers across the globe discussing the destruction, altering, and hiding of data that did not support global warming claims.’”
Martha McSally (R, AZ) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress.
Pete Olson (R, TX) 2010 2% "The emails that emerge from the University of East Anglia call into question the accuracy of the IPCC data."
Stephen Palazzo (R, MS) 2012 2014 2016 3% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Scott Perry (R, PA) 2014 2016 3% "I do believe global warming is occurring. ... However, I do take exception, whether it's man-made or not."
Mike Pompeo (R, KS) 2014 4% "There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There's some who think we're warming, there's some who think we're cooling, there's some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment."
Bill Posey (R, FL) 2012 2014 2016 6% “When you think back twenty years ago, the worry was global freezing. We’re going to freeze again. We’re going to have another ice age.”
Mike Rogers (R, AL) 2010 2012 6% “Now, the disturbing disclosure that climate-science researchers may have altered temperature data to justify their desired results creates a new set of concerns about this job-killing legislation.”
Tom Rooney (R, FL) 2014 6% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Steve Russell (R, OK) 2016 3% “Republican Oklahoma Senator Steve Russell then attempted to amend HB 2341... The amendment “encouraged” teachers to present ‘scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of controversial” topics such as biological evolution and global warming. ‘”
Steve Scalise (R, LA) 2014 4% "Asked whether he worries that he could be wrong, Scalise cited an 'increasing number of scientists who are raising major questions about the global warming theories.'"
David Schweikert (R, AZ) 2014 2016 5% “But when you think about the complexity of a worldwide system and the amount of data you'd have to capture, and how you adjust for a sunspot, and how you adjust for a hurricane and I think it's incredibly arrogant for the Al Gores of the world to stand up and say the world is coming to an end. Because as I kid I remember on the flip side when they were warning me we were going to go into an ice age ... I wish people would make up their mind. It's the control freaks, the people who want to control my life, want to control my lifestyle."
Bill Shuster (R, PA) 2016 6% “There continues to be debate among the scientific community on the precise reason why global temperatures have gradually risen over the last century.”
Mike Simpson (R, ID) 2016 7% “While scientists cannot explain the climate changes of the past few decades without including the effects of elevated greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations resulting from the use of fossil fuels, there is widespread disagreement as to the magnitude of human influence on the climate and the degree to which any effort by humanity to reduce carbon output would slow or reverse the effects of climate change.”
Lamar Smith (R, TX): 2012 2014 2016 6% “We now know that prominent scientists were so determined to advance the idea of human-made global warming that they worked together to hide contradictory temperature data.”
Steve Stockman (R, TX) 2012 3% “Global cooling” (70s) -> “Greenhouse effect” (80s) -> “Global warming” (90s) -> “Climate change” (00s) -> Record cold temps (10s) — January 25, 2014, Stockman’s Twitter feed
Mac Thornberry (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 2% " The case that man is causing any change in temperature is even more hotly contested. It is based largely on computer models of our climate. No computer model yet developed can include all of the factors influencing our climate, so certain assumptions have to be made. So far, none of the models have been completely accurate in tracking past weather patterns. Relying on them for the future is even more problematic. "
Michael Turner (R, OH) 2014 2016 9% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
David Valadao (R, CA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress.
Jackie Walorski (R, IN) 2016 1% "No I don’t believe in global warming....The earth is cyclical.... I think the entire global warming thing is hyped up and made up."
Mimi Walters (R, CA) 2016 4% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress.
Brad Wenstrup (R, OH) 2016 2% “There are common-sense steps we can take to be environmentally conscious, but I am worried that Ohio families and manufacturers simply cannot afford soaring energy costs due to excessive government regulations.””
Joe Wilson (R, SC) 2016 3% When asked if he believes that human activity is contributing to climate change, Rep. Wilson answered "no."
Roger Williams, (R, TX) 2014 1% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Kevin Yoder (R, KS) 2014 4% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Ryan Zinke (R, MT) 2016 4% "'The evidence strongly suggests that humans have had an influence on higher CO2,' Zinke said. 'However, the evidence is equally as strong that there are other factors, such as rising ocean temperatures, that have a greater influence.'"
HOUSE
Name Years LCV Rating Views on Climate Change
John Cornyn (R, TX) 2010 2014 3% “Rushing to impose economically destructive and unrealistic measures that create more regulations and taxes, and less economic opportunity, isn’t the answer.”
Ted Cruz (R, TX) 2012 3% “Climate change is not science, it’s religion.”
Deb Fischer (R, NE) 2014 2016 7% “[Fischer] said she does not believe man has a huge impact on the climate.”
James Inhofe (R, OK) 2014 5% Leading Congressional climate change denier. Author of The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future
Ron Johnson (R, WI) 2014 2016 5% “Mankind has actually flourished in warmer temperatures.”
James Lankford (R, OK) 2014 2016 5% “This whole global warming myth will be exposed as what it really is — a way of control more than anything else.”
Mitch McConnell (R, KY) 2014 7% Led Senate opposition to Obama climate change policies. Top priority: “to try to do whatever I can to get the EPA reined in.”
Jerry Moran (R, KS) 2016 8% “the quasi-religion of green alarmism and global salvationism, of which the climate change dogma is the prime example”
Marco Rubio (R, FL) 2012 2016 6% "Sure the climate is changing because the climate has always been changing."
Roger Wicker (R, MO) 2012 6% Only US Senator to vote against resolution that “climate change is real and not a hoax.”
Ralph Abraham (R, LA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress.
Mark Amodei (R, NV) 2016 3% “I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to advocate one position over another in discussions of climate change.”
Brian Babin (R, TX) 2016 0% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress .
Jim Bridenstine (R, OK) 2014 2016 3% “[G]lobal temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago. Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with Sun output and ocean cycles.”
Ken Calvert (R, NV) 2010 2012 2014 2016 6% “As chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that oversees spending on the Department of the Interior and the environment, Calvert said he’s fought job-killing regulations proposed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and worked to cut the EPA’s staffing to 1989 levels.”
John Carter (R, TX) 2014 2016 4% "Global warming is simply a chicken-little scheme to use mass media and government propaganda to convince the world that destruction of individual liberties and national sovereignty is necessary to save mankind, and that the unwashed masses would destroy themselves without the enlightened global dictatorship of these frauds."
Chris Collins (R, NY) 2014 3% “I look at Attorney General Pruitt as someone who understands balance. The EPA is out of balance, they’ve gone to the extreme . . . .”
Barbara Comstock (R, VA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress
Mike Conaway (R, TX) 2010 2% “I live in a part of the world that was an ocean. The Permian Sea. Something happened to the climate that now allows me to walk freely across that once sea floor without scuba gear. And man wasn’t around when that change occurred. So, climates change. Yes, that happens. Whether it’s [man] made change has yet to be determined.”
Paul Cook (R, CA) 2016 3% Clean Power Plan is “another example of this lawless administration side-stepping Congress and over-regulating the American economy.”
Ander Crenshaw (R, FL) 2012 2014 7% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
John Culberson (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 4% “This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided that the air we exhale, carbon dioxide, is toxic and poses a danger to our well-being. The EPA plans to use this “endangerment” finding to issue costly new emissions regulations on Americans – once again putting Washington in charge. This deeply undemocratic process is an arrogant attempt by the Obama Administration to enact by regulation what they could not pass through the people’s Congress.”
Ron DeSantis (R, FL) 2014 2% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress
Chuck Fleischmann (R, TN) 2016 3% When asked his opinion about global warming in a candidate debate Thursday night, 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, said this: "I think we ought to take Al Gore, put him on an iceberg, and put him way out there."
Bill Flores (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 3% "It is time we stopped putting petty politics based on dubious 'agenda-driven, scientific' research ahead of creating more American energy."
Virginia Foxx (R, NC) 2014 4% "North Carolina Republican Virginia Foxx referenced books by climate-change skeptics and lamented that some environmentalists 'think that we, human beings, have more impact on the climate and the world than God does.'"
Trent Franks (R, AZ) 2016 3% "I have yet to see clear and convincing evidence that it exists beyond historical fluctuations."
Kay Granger (R, TX) 2010 2012 2016 3% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Sam Graves (R, MO) 2016 5% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress
Tom Graves (R, GA) 2016 3% “The legislation the House passed today sends a powerful signal to the president and his climate conference in Paris: Congress will not subject the American people to a job-destroying climate agenda.”
Randy Hultgren (R, IL) 2012 2016 5% “The greatest impact on our climate clearly is the sun, and we have very little impact on the sun and how much energy and temperature the sun is sending to the earth.”
Duncan Hunter (R, CA) 2014 2016 2% “Thousands of people die every year of cold, so if we had global warming it would save lives ... We ought to look out for people. The earth can take care of itself."
Evan Jenkins (R, WV) 2016 4% “I'm fighting for coal by trying to reduce the regulatory burdens. We cut a billion dollars out of the EPA's proposed budget from the president. I went through the EPA and found that the president was planning to fund a theatrical performance on climate change. We've said, ‘No.’”
Steve Knight (R, CA) 2016 2% “For the past decade, California has embarked on a rash mission to curtail global warming.”
Barry Loudermilk (R, GA) 2016 0% “I believe that climate change is a function of nature; the climate has been changing as long as the Earth has existed”
Kevin McCarthy (R, CA) 2014 2016 3% “I think there are changes in the environment. There are a lot of items to contribute to it.”
Michael McCaul (R, TX) 2012 2016 6% “Co-sponsored H.Res.954, a resolution that stated: ‘Whereas recent events have uncovered extensive evidence from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in England (in this resolution referred to as the ‘CRU’) which involved many researchers across the globe discussing the destruction, altering, and hiding of data that did not support global warming claims.’”
Martha McSally (R, AZ) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress.
Pete Olson (R, TX) 2010 2% "The emails that emerge from the University of East Anglia call into question the accuracy of the IPCC data."
Stephen Palazzo (R, MS) 2012 2014 2016 3% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Scott Perry (R, PA) 2014 2016 3% "I do believe global warming is occurring. ... However, I do take exception, whether it's man-made or not."
Mike Pompeo (R, KS) 2014 4% "There are scientists who think lots of different things about climate change. There's some who think we're warming, there's some who think we're cooling, there's some who think that the last 16 years have shown a pretty stable climate environment."
Bill Posey (R, FL) 2012 2014 2016 6% “When you think back twenty years ago, the worry was global freezing. We’re going to freeze again. We’re going to have another ice age.”
Mike Rogers (R, AL) 2010 2012 6% “Now, the disturbing disclosure that climate-science researchers may have altered temperature data to justify their desired results creates a new set of concerns about this job-killing legislation.”
Tom Rooney (R, FL) 2014 6% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Steve Russell (R, OK) 2016 3% “Republican Oklahoma Senator Steve Russell then attempted to amend HB 2341... The amendment “encouraged” teachers to present ‘scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of controversial” topics such as biological evolution and global warming. ‘”
Steve Scalise (R, LA) 2014 4% "Asked whether he worries that he could be wrong, Scalise cited an 'increasing number of scientists who are raising major questions about the global warming theories.'"
David Schweikert (R, AZ) 2014 2016 5% “But when you think about the complexity of a worldwide system and the amount of data you'd have to capture, and how you adjust for a sunspot, and how you adjust for a hurricane and I think it's incredibly arrogant for the Al Gores of the world to stand up and say the world is coming to an end. Because as I kid I remember on the flip side when they were warning me we were going to go into an ice age ... I wish people would make up their mind. It's the control freaks, the people who want to control my life, want to control my lifestyle."
Bill Shuster (R, PA) 2016 6% “There continues to be debate among the scientific community on the precise reason why global temperatures have gradually risen over the last century.”
Mike Simpson (R, ID) 2016 7% “While scientists cannot explain the climate changes of the past few decades without including the effects of elevated greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations resulting from the use of fossil fuels, there is widespread disagreement as to the magnitude of human influence on the climate and the degree to which any effort by humanity to reduce carbon output would slow or reverse the effects of climate change.”
Lamar Smith (R, TX): 2012 2014 2016 6% “We now know that prominent scientists were so determined to advance the idea of human-made global warming that they worked together to hide contradictory temperature data.”
Steve Stockman (R, TX) 2012 3% “Global cooling” (70s) -> “Greenhouse effect” (80s) -> “Global warming” (90s) -> “Climate change” (00s) -> Record cold temps (10s) — January 25, 2014, Stockman’s Twitter feed
Mac Thornberry (R, TX) 2010 2012 2014 2016 2% " The case that man is causing any change in temperature is even more hotly contested. It is based largely on computer models of our climate. No computer model yet developed can include all of the factors influencing our climate, so certain assumptions have to be made. So far, none of the models have been completely accurate in tracking past weather patterns. Relying on them for the future is even more problematic. "
Michael Turner (R, OH) 2014 2016 9% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
David Valadao (R, CA) 2016 3% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during his tenure in Congress.
Jackie Walorski (R, IN) 2016 1% "No I don’t believe in global warming....The earth is cyclical.... I think the entire global warming thing is hyped up and made up."
Mimi Walters (R, CA) 2016 4% Has voted against every attempt to regulate climate change during her tenure in Congress.
Brad Wenstrup (R, OH) 2016 2% “There are common-sense steps we can take to be environmentally conscious, but I am worried that Ohio families and manufacturers simply cannot afford soaring energy costs due to excessive government regulations.””
Joe Wilson (R, SC) 2016 3% When asked if he believes that human activity is contributing to climate change, Rep. Wilson answered "no."
Roger Williams, (R, TX) 2014 1% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Kevin Yoder (R, KS) 2014 4% Voted against regulation of methane and carbon emissions multiple times.
Ryan Zinke (R, MT) 2016 4% "'The evidence strongly suggests that humans have had an influence on higher CO2,' Zinke said. 'However, the evidence is equally as strong that there are other factors, such as rising ocean temperatures, that have a greater influence.'"