The Climate Solutions Caucus–which is led by two South Florida congressmen–continues to grow with six new members this week including a conservative Florida Republican jumping on board.
Founded by U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., at the start of 2016, the Climate Solutions Caucus defines it mission as “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.
Curbelo and Deutch announced six new members joined this week bringing the caucus to 84 members. U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., joined the caucus this week. So did U.S. Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., Lynn Jenkins, R-Ks., Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., Robert Scott, D-Va., and John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
“Now 84 Members strong, the Climate Solutions Caucus is evidence there is a growing, diverse, and bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress willing to put partisan stereotypes aside to work toward meaningful solutions to the challenges posed by sea level rise and climate change,” Curbelo said on Wednesday. “We have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. By joining the Caucus, new Members are showing a willingness to answer the call of their constituents and be a part of the solution to this issue.”
“Climate change is an urgent global issue with severe local ramifications,” Deutch said. “As more and more Americans face the impacts of climate change, they are demanding action from Congress. I welcome these new members to our Caucus and look forward to finding bipartisan solutions to address the effects of climate change facing communities across our country.”
Besides the two founders and Posey, there are five other members of the Florida delegation in the caucus: Republican U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, Brian Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrats U.S. Reps. Charlie Crist and Stephanie Murphy.