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Carlos Curbelo, Ted Deutch Expand Climate Solutions Caucus

January 23, 2017 - 3:15pm

The two South Florida congressmen who run the Climate Solutions Caucus -- Republican Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Ted Deutch--added to their roster on Monday. 

Curbelo and Deutch announced that five congressional freshmen--including Florida Republican Brian Mast--joined the caucus, bringing the membership up to 20 representatives, split evenly with 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats. 

“We have a lot of work to do on this issue, and 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, and we’ve gained great momentum only a few weeks into the 115th Congress. I’d like to thank Representatives Love, Stefanik, Fitzpatrick, Mast and Beyer for joining our group and I’m looking forward to working with them and the rest of the caucus on solutions that will protect our environment and unleash a new era of American innovation.” 

“Our bipartisan caucus is starting off the new Congress by expanding our membership and showing our colleagues that Republicans and Democrats can put partisan politics aside to work on climate change,” said Deutch. “These new members represent diverse regions of the country, from upstate New York to the Mountain West, and they have shown their readiness to find bipartisan solutions for this crisis.”

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehinten, R-Fla., a frequent ally of Deutch, is also a member. Ros-Lehtinen leads the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee where Deutch is the raking Democrat. 

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 founded the group last Feburary. 

Comments

This sounds like the only positive I've seen in a long time. Hopefully, we can cleanup the Indian River Lagoon and work toward renewable energy. Thank you.

Are you sure you're not Canadian! All kidding aside, kudos to you gentlemen. Just curious whether or not , besides being laudably bipartisan, if you are working to be inclusive to women representatives as well.

Yes, 4 of the 20 membersof the caucus are women, which is representative since only 20% of members of congress are women.

Congratulations to Rep. Brian Mast for joining the Climate Solutions Caucus! Continued thanks to Representives Curbelo and Deutch for taking the lead in this bipartisan effort. Great to have you all representing our state in this crucial matter. Thank you!

Thank you!!! With the news as it is these days, it is so wonderful to hear that Republicans and Democrats are working together on important environmental issues. A special thank you to our newly elected Representative, Brian Mast! A nice start, Sir... please, keep it up.

A huge thank you (huger than anything) from this Florida resident. I'll do all I can to get the word out. We all should write to the editors of our respective newspapers. Let's write about our heroes in the Climate Caucus, able to speak the truth about this issue of national security, health, and economy. There is no bigger national, religious and family issue than to save a livable planet.

www.CitizensClimateLobby is an organization that provides people with the opportunity to take bipartisan action for addressing climate change. They have weekly "Introductory" calls as well as chapters across the country that meet regularly. On their website is a "Take Action" tab that is very helpful.

Ditto Ms. Miller's question. I'd like to keep up with your activities. My question: how can members of the public at large help you?

I hope your group will realize that solar and wind options are important to support. Fossil fuel use as well as piping problems is a great detriment to the environment and people are going to continue to oppose it. How canwe stay on top of what your caucus is doing? Thanks.

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