SHOCKER! GOP Reps Demand Action On Climate Change

SHOCKER! 11 GOP Reps. Demand Action On Climate Change (VIDEO)

As Pope Francis’ visit approaches, nearly a dozen congressmen broke with their GOP colleagues and signed a resolution to demand action on climate change…Or at least some acknowledgement that climate change exists and may be caused by humans.

The Guardian reports:

So far, at least 10 House Republicans [The Hill says the tally now comes to 11] have signed on to the resolution acknowledging that human activity contributes to climate change, and calling for actions to respond to the threat of climate change.

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), who served as a colonel in the U.S. Army, loses nothing by drafting the resolution since he does not plan on seeking re-election. The language of Gibson’s resolution on climate change may seem too watered-down for us liberals. But when you consider how fossilized the GOP has become, Gibson and his co-signers deserve all the encouragement we can give.

So why have these 11 Republicans suddenly broken with their party on the climate change issue? Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) ventures that since many House Republicans and their constituents — including Gibson’s — are Catholic, Pope Francis‘ recent Encyclical on the need to address climate change may have had a lot to do with it.

In June, Lowenthal told reporters that he and other Democratic members of the Safe Climate Caucus to support their colleagues from across the aisle.

“Behind the scenes there are Republicans who understand they can not be in denial and we are being supportive of them. They care what the future is. They just find it difficult to be out there all alone, and maybe this will give them the courage to move forward.”

Back in March, Gibson shared his thoughts on climate change with college students gathered for the National Friends Committee on National Legislation’s annual Spring Lobby weekend:

“The things that I think we need to make sure we get right is, we need to make sure we don’t leave you with a mountain of debt that you can’t get out from under, and we need to leave you with an Earth that is inhabitable and sustainable going forward.”

Here’s the video with Gibson’s talk on climate change:

The following congressmen and women also signed Gibson’s climate change resolution: Reps. David Reichert (Wash.) Robert Dold (Ill.) Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.).

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