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Peter Getty is a philanthropist and contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. His work and writings revolve around environmental issues. Getty's philanthropic initiatives, as well as the organizations he supports, are committed to protecting the environment and spreading environmental awareness.

Climate Change Deniers of California

California is leading the charge in setting and meeting goals to reduce the use of fossil fuels that are causing climate change. Utilities are expected to be using 40% renewable energy sources by 2025, and by 2050, the state will have reduced greenhouse emissions by 80%. Not bad for a state whose GDP is nearly one eighth of the entire country.

So, California must have a gangbuster team of environmentally-minded elected officials, you’d think, right?

Climate Change Deniers of CaliforniaFor the most part, the answer is yes. But of California’s 53 members of Congress, eight just can’t bring themselves to accept that climate change is caused by human beings.

Congressman Duncan Hunter said in a September debate, “There is climate change. Is there human-caused climate change? I don’t buy that.” Doug LaMalfa agrees, remarking in October that “the climate of the globe has been fluctuating since God created it.”

Hunter and LaMalfa represent the moderate climate change deniers, believe it or not. Some don’t even accept that climate change exists at all. So what do they believe?

Dana Rohrabacher, an elected Congressman in California, has an interesting theory:

“Just so you know, global warming is a total fraud, and it’s being designed because what you’ve got is…you’ve got liberals who get elected at the local level, want state government to do the work and let them make the decisions. Then, at the state level, they want the federal government to do it. And at the federal government, they want to create global government to control all of our lives.”

Darrell Issa presented another theory in a 2013 written statement…

“This political gathering isn’t being done to support science, it is being staged by barackobama.com and is intended to promote President Obama’s radical campaign to raise energy costs that will kill Americans jobs.”

He goes on, but it is it really worth it?

A message to Californians – though we are making great strides in this state, our progress is a veritable house of cards. Particularly in light of the 32 disaster declarations over the past four years, it’s important that we continue to win the ridiculous debates over whether climate change exists, and whether we should be trying to do something to prevent potential catastrophe.