Vote Climate U.S. PAC’s Voter’s Guide gave every incumbent and challenger for a seat in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate a – Climate Calculation – a score for voters to take to the polls in November. Our Climate Calculations, ranging from Climate Hero to Zero help Americans to vote climate. Candidates are scored in 4-climate change categories:

Climate Change Categories

  1.      Position
  2.      Votes
  3.      Leadership
  4.      Fee on Carbon

Each incumbent and challenger receives a score in each of the 4-climate change categories of 0, 25, 50, 75 or 100.  Scores are averaged for a final Climate Calculation, based upon the following criteria:

Position – What They Think and What They Say

o   0 – Disagrees with scientists that that climate change is real and human-made.

o   25 – Does not take a position on whether climate change is real and human-made.

o   50 – Agrees with scientists that climate change is real, human-made from burning fossil fuels.

o   75 – Understands the consequences and importance of acting on climate change.

o   100 – Understands the importance of action on climate change as a priority issue.

 

Votes – How They Vote – (See list of climate votes used for calculation.)

o   0 – Voted “pro-climate” on 0-1 of 8 of all guiding legislation

o   25 – Voted “pro-climate” on 2-3 of 8 of all guiding legislation

o   50 – Voted “pro-climate” on 4-5 of 8 of all guiding legislation

o   75 – Voted “pro-climate” on 6-8 of 8 of all guiding legislation

o   100 – Voted “pro-climate” on 8 of 8 all guiding legislation

 

 Leadership – What They Do

o   0 – Public statements, advocacy or votes against action on climate change.

o   25 – Does not oppose action on climate change.

o   50 – Supports action on climate change, but does not advocate for it.

o   75 – Website and position papers advocate for action on climate change.

o   100 – Makes public statements and advocates for action on climate change as a top priority issue.

U.S. Fee on Carbon – Position and Leadership

o   0 – Public statements, advocacy or votes against putting a U.S. fee on carbon.

o   25 – Does not oppose a U.S. fee on carbon.

o   50 – No known position on a U.S. carbon fee.

o   75 – Supports a U.S. fee on carbon, but does not advocate for it.

o   100 – Publicly supports and advocates a U.S. fee on carbon.