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Congressmen Deutch, Curbelo seek bipartisan attention on climate change



WASHINGTON - Climate change may be off the radar with the Trump administration but a pair of Florida congressmen are trying to make it a bipartisan concern on Capitol Hill.

Reps. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, and Carlos Curbelo, R-Miami, chair the “Climate Solutions Caucus,” which today announced four new members, including Rep. Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg.

“In Pinellas County, there is no denying climate change is happening. As a peninsula on the peninsula of Florida, we are threatened more and more each year by rising sea levels,” Crist said in a news release. “I am proud to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, highlighting Congress’ growing bipartisan commitment to tackling this urgent challenge. Together, we can and must protect our environment and economy from climate change.”

The group says its mission is to “educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate.”

“We have a lot of work to do on this issue, and coastal communities like mine in South Florida are counting on us to come together and have productive discussions about what we can do to mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient,” Curbelo said. “The caucus has such a diverse group of members that each brings unique perspectives to the table. I’m confident that together we can work on bipartisan solutions that will unleash a new era of American innovation and protect our environment, infrastructure, homes, and livelihoods.”

“Across the country, Americans understand the urgency of climate change,” said Deutch. “Whether they see rising tides in Fort Lauderdale, intensifying tornadoes along the Central Plains, or worsening droughts affecting farm production, Americans are starting to feel the impacts of climate change to their homes, their livelihoods, and their wallets. They want action from their elected officials, and I’m proud that this Caucus offers a space to develop bipartisan solutions.”

Below is the full membership list of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 115th Congress as of February 9, 2017:
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)

Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA)

Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)

Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA)

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA)

Rep. Mia Love (R-UT)

Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT)

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA)

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL)

Rep. David Reichert (R-WA)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE)

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL)

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2017 12:22pm]


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