While climate change is widely accepted by the scientific community, it is not as accepted in the political world. Recently, there was an amendment to a bill put to a vote in the House of Representatives to accept that climate change is occurring and has anthropogenic causes. This amendment did not pass. This project aims to find a connection between the voting record of the representatives and the average temperature change over the last 50 years in their districts. Data from the Library of Congress, as well as NOAA will be analyzed using GIS methods. It is hypothesized that there will be a positive connection between voting for the amendment and an increase in average temperature.
Rudolph, Kelsie, "Climate Change and Politics: A Connection between Congressional Voting and Our Warming Planet Using GIS" (2013). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 275.