Kansas Senate candidates on the issues: Climate Change

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Last month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for office address ahead of November’s general election. Based on the input we received, we developed a five-item questionnaire for candidates running for seats in the Kansas Senate.
We have been publishing the candidates’ responses to one item per day each day this week. Today we’re publishing the candidates’ responses to our final item, question #5.

Climate change continues to be a major concern for Shawnee Mission Post readers. What steps should the federal government be taking now to address the impact of the changing climate in the coming decades? How would you work to see those steps enacted?

District 10 (Shawnee, Lake Quivira, parts of Overland Park and Merriam)
Mike Thompson (Incumbent Republican)
I have worked in the field of meteorology and the climate for over 40 years, but I have been quite frustrated and dismayed by the efforts of those who have intentionally misled the public on the subject of climate change. Unfortunately, after decades of misinformation about the climate, too many people think the environment and climate are the same thing. They are not.
Obviously, I believe we must be good stewards of …

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