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LoBiondo, Colleagues Introduce Republican Climate Change Resolution

by Ken Warchal
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association May 2017 Newsletter)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) joined with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Congressman Ryan Costello (PA-06) and a group of House Republican colleagues in introducing a resolution that calls for using American innovation to improve environmental stewardship. LoBiondo co-sponsored the same resolution last Congress introduced by former Congressman Chris Gibson of New York.

“From the devastation of Superstorm Sandy to being surrounded by rising sea waters on three sides, South Jersey is keenly aware of the precarious environment for which we live. While at times at odds with some of my colleagues, I have long worked to protect the natural treasures of our region and nation for future generations,” said Congressman LoBiondo. “It is far past time we moved beyond the debate from if our climate is changing – it is - to identifying and promoting solutions to mitigate potentially catastrophic effects.”

The resolution introduced calls on the House of Representatives to commit to working on economically viable solutions that address the risks of climate change, calling on “American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism,” and citing the “conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment.”

“I am pleased to introduce this resolution with so many of my Republican colleagues and I thank them for their support on this effort,” said Congresswoman Stefanik (NY-21). “Clean energy innovation is key to addressing the serious issue of climate change. This resolution brings together the priority of addressing the risks of climate change with the importance of protecting and creating American jobs. Innovation and clean energy are key to solving both. New York’s 21st district is the proud home of the Adirondacks and we understand that protecting our environment plays an important role in promoting economic growth and opportunity.”

The lawmakers were joined by: Reps. Mark Amodei (NV-02), Don Bacon (NE-02), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), John Faso (NY-19), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), John Katko (NY-24), Mia Love (UT-04), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Brian Mast (FL-18), Pat Meehan (PA-07), Tom Reed (NY-23), David Reichert (WA-08), and Mark Sanford (SC-01).

The resolution calls for better environmental stewardship through “economically viable, and broadly supported private and public solutions to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates.”

The full text of the resolution is as follows:

Resolution

Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship.

Whereas it is a conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment, responsibly plan for all market factors, and base our policy decisions in science and quantifiable facts on the ground;

Whereas prudent, fact-based stewardship of our economy and our environment is a critical responsibility for all Americans in order to ensure that we preserve our great Nation for future generations;

Whereas there has been a marked increase in extreme weather events across the United States, including more frequent heat waves, extreme precipitation, wildfires, and water scarcity;

Whereas this has had noticeable, negative impacts that are expected to worsen in every region of the United States and its territories, including, among other significant weather events and environmental disruptions, longer and hotter heat waves, more severe storms, worsening flood and drought cycles, growing invasive species and insect problems, threatened native plant and wildlife populations, rising sea levels, and, when combined with a lack of proper forest management, increased wildfire risk;

Whereas increased pollutants and other factors contribute to local, regional, and national environmental and human health impacts, including increased mercury in the fish we eat, elevated asthma attacks in our children, acid rain, smog, degraded water quality, urban heat islands, and rapid storm water runoff that leads to costly infrastructure projects;

Whereas the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review states that the effects of a changing climate are ‘‘threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions’’;

Whereas, if left unaddressed, the consequences of a changing climate have the potential to adversely impact all Americans, hitting vulnerable populations hardest, harming productivity in key economic sectors such as construction, agriculture, and tourism, saddling future generations with costly economic and environmental burdens, and imposing additional costs on State and Federal budgets that will further add to the long-term fiscal challenges that we face as a Nation;

Whereas any efforts to mitigate the risks of, prepare for, or otherwise address our changing climate and its effects should not constrain the United States economy, especially in regards to global competitiveness; and

Whereas there is increasing recognition that we can and must take meaningful and responsible action now to address this issue:

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives commits to working constructively, using our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism, to create and support economically viable, and broadly supported private and public solutions to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact.

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