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17 Republicans just spoke out on climate. Help us find the 18th.

By Emily Wirzba, March 15, 2017

Today, 17 members of Congress brought me a moment of hope for our climate. They re-introduced a resolution acknowledging the human causality of climate change and the necessity for congressional action.

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In the same week as President Trump plans to propose deep cuts to the EPA, this is exactly the kind of climate leadership we need from members of his party.

I often hear that congressional staff from both political parties are eager for a productive dialogue on climate change. This resolution shows there's support in both parties for meaningful climate action. It's the product of years of work by FCNL and partner organizations, as well as by grassroots advocates around the country. And I'm proud that we're making cracks in the partisan dam on climate action.

The resolution states that “if left unaddressed, the consequences of a changing climate have the potential to adversely impact all Americans, hitting vulnerable populations hardest.” By acknowledging the realities of climate change, the conversation in Congress can now shift towards solutions.

Republicans from Nebraska to Florida to Pennsylvania are recognizing that Congress has a moral obligation to address one of the greatest challenges facing our world today.

I’m so grateful for this leadership and look forward to working with these members of Congress -- and hopefully many more -- to pass bipartisan solutions to address climate change and achieve an earth restored.

Press Release FCNL Welcomes Pivotal Republican Climate Resolution  

The partisan narrative on climate change was disrupted today when 17 House Republicans re-introduced a resolution that affirms that climate change is real, human-caused, and needs to be addressed by Congress.

Emily Wirzba

  • Former Legislative Manager, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba led FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. She served as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.