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Carlos Curbelo Takes to the National Airwaves to Talk About Climate Change

March 20, 2017 - 10:00am
Carlos Curbelo
Carlos Curbelo

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who co-chairs and helped found the Climate Solution Caucus, took to the national stage this past weekend to focus on the environment. 

Last week, Curbelo joined fellow Republicans U.S. Reps. Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania and Elise Stefanik of New York to unveil a resolution urging the GOP-controlled U.S. House to use “American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism” to  defend the “conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment” by supporting “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.”

Curbelo, Costello and Stefanik rounded up more than a dozen fellow House Republicans to back the resolution including U.S. Reps. Brain Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, Mia Love of Utah, Pat Meehan of Pennsylvania and Mark Sanford of South Carolina. 

On Saturday, Curbelo took to the national airwaves, appearing on “CBS This Morning” to focus on the resolution, talking with Alex Wagner and Anthony Mason from CBS News about it. 

“So Congressman, this resolution calls for ‘conservative environmental stewardship and economically viable solutions,” Wagner said. “What specifically do you mean by that?”

“Well, the first thing we’re trying to do is take some of the politics out of this climate change issue,” Curbelo replied. “For about 15, 20 years, this issue has been hyper-politicized. There’s a lot of polarization. A lot of Republicans just assume that they are supposed to ignore this issue, well that’s not the case. We know all the science is in, all the facts are in, and we know that parts of our country, like South Florida, are already experiencing some of the effects of climate change. So what we want to do is come together, have a sincere dialogue, a productive dialogue, and put forward some solutions that will promote clean energy, help reduce carbon emissions, and protect the environment that we all depend on.”  
  
“Congressman, your district includes the Florida Keys as well as the Everglades, was that a factor in your support of this?” Mason asked. 
 
“Absolutely,” Curbelo answered. “In South Florida we have chronic flooding in areas like Miami Beach and the Florida Keys. Just because its high tide we get flooding. We know that sea levels are rising, we know that carbon emissions are a major contributor to this issue, and you also mentioned the Everglades. The Everglades are critical for South Florida. That’s where our water supply is. So if we continue seeing salt water intrusion into the Everglades, it’s eventually going to put our drinking water supply at risk. So these are local issues, but the issue of climate change and protecting the environment is a national and international issue, and Republicans and Democrats should work together toward some consensus solutions.”
 
“Congressman, that position would seem to put you at odds with the White House. Scott Pruitt, the EPA Administrator, said he does not believe that carbon dioxide emissions are a major factor in climate change,” Wagner noted. “This White House, President Trump, has called on a review of vehicle fuel efficiency standards. Is that satisfactory to you? Are you happy with that direction?”
 
“Well, last week I called out Mr. Pruitt for saying some comments that I thought were irresponsible and reckless,” Curbelo said. “No one should be questioning the fact that all the evidence, all the science, points to climate change as a result of carbon emissions. So we have to agree on the facts. We have to agree on the science, and we’re going to hold this administration, any administration accountable on this issue. 
 
“Now, having said that, we know there are people on the president’s cabinet, close advisors to the president who understand that this is a real issue that requires leadership here in the Congress and also in the White House, so we look forward to building those relationships to work with them to get some good results,” Curbelo continued. 
 
“You’ve gotten a signal from inside the White House that you have allies on combating climate change and an acknowledgment that the science behind climate change is real?” Wagner asked. 
 
“There are people on the Cabinet who are on the record,” Curbelo noted. “Secretary Mattis has called climate change a threat to our national security. Secretary Tillerson in his former capacity talked about climate change. And we know people very close to the president, even in his own family, consider this an important issue that requires attention. So we want to work with them. We want to find a healthy middle-ground. We want to promote responsible environmental policy that also contributes to economic growth and American innovation. There’s a healthy middle-ground, and that’s what these 17 Republicans here on the Hill are trying to find, and we’re willing to work with Republicans, Democrats, anyone who is willing to come to the table.”

 


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This guy Curbelo is the prime-example of a "political moron": He voted to fund Obama's "illegal Amnesty"; He voted AGAINST cutting funds (via Obama's Justice Dept. budget) to "Sanctuary Cities"; He is on George Soros' "ongoing payroll" along with Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Gov. John Kasich, and other malleable, pandering politicians. "Global Warming ?"... Curbelo's ONLY awareness of "global warmth" is the breeze 'blowing over Cuba, and across Miami'. Carlos is a faker, almost beyond compare (if you don't take Congress in consideration... where "fakers" are created & grown...).

Wow, I love that you use racism as an argument against established science. Carbon Dioxide pollution is changing our climate. Its not rocket science, my 9 year old understands this fact and has demonstrated it on a small scale at school using a little plastic greenhouse. Parts of Florida are now underwater, which is why Sen. Curbelo is speaking out.

It is NOT TRUE that, "all the evidence, all the science, points to climate change as a result of carbon emissions". It is not true! Climate is cyclical and has always s been changing.

Yes, it is absolutely true. Carbon dioxide pollution causes climate change. Fossil fuel based pollution, and ONLY fossil fuel based pollution tracks with global temperature increase. Earth's temperature increase is proceeding at a never before seen rate. Natural variations in the sun's energy don't track. Changes in the reflectivity of the Earth's atmosphere don't track. Glacial cycles don't track (in fact, we should be in a cooling period right now, but aren't because of the enormous effects of man made pollution).No known natural cause tracks. But carbon dioxide pollution does. Perfectly. There over over 7 billion humans on this Earth, and we are all using energy at an alarming rate. A rate never seen on this Earth before. Trillions of tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are being added to our atmosphere, and if we refuse to stop doing this, we will be caught in the greatest mass extinction the Earth has ever seen.

And Rita, where did you receive your Doctorate in both carbon emissions and climate?

Jose, Rita got her degrees from Bill O'Reilly University...tide goes in, tide goes out....

Man made global climate warming change ( or whatever they are calling it now to stay relevant) is a hoax. This is just another attempt by our federal government to take more control over the lives of Americans. "We know all the science is in, all the facts are in, and we know that parts of our country, like South Florida, are already experiencing some of the effects of climate change." This is NOT how the scientific process works.

"Hoax"? . . . . . I AM a scientist in this area (something you're not) . . . . . here are just a few of the actual scientific statements on man's role in Climate Change by national and international scientific organization: 2003-2013 - AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION. "Human‐induced climate change requires urgent action. Humanity is the major influence on the global climate change observed over the past 50 years. Rapid societal responses can significantly lessen negative outcomes." 2004 - AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY. "Comprehensive scientific assessments of our current and potential future climates clearly indicate that climate change is real, largely attributable to emissions from human activities, and potentially a very serious problem." 2005 - U.S. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES. "The scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify taking steps to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere." 2006 - AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE. "The scientific evidence is clear: global climate change caused by human activities is occurring now, and it is a growing threat to society." 2007 - AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY. "The evidence is incontrovertible: Global warming is occurring. If no mitigating actions are taken, significant disruptions in the Earth’s physical and ecological systems, social systems, security and human health are likely to occur. We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases beginning now." 2010 - THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA. "The Geological Society of America (GSA) concurs with assessments by the National Academies of Science (2005), the National Research Council (2006), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) that global climate has warmed and that human activities (mainly greenhouse‐gas emissions) account for most of the warming since the middle 1900s." 2011 - AMERICAN SOCIETY OF AGRONOMY, CROP SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA, AND SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA. “A comprehensive body of scientific evidence indicates beyond reasonable doubt that global climate change is now occurring and that its manifestations threaten the stability of societies as well as natural and managed ecosystems. Increases in ambient temperatures and changes in related processes are directly linked to rising anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere.” 2012 - AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY. "It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide." . . . Still in denial, aren't you . . . . stop attempting to spread more of your easily discounted politics of the "Big Lie" . . . . . PATHETIC

Wow!! A republican actually being a real conservative!!.................. Republicans have lied on this so long it comes as a shock.............. But the facts are clean power, fuels are very conservative to be self sufficient in energy and not destroying assets, health with pollution and at less cost to boot, RE is the future of jobs, clean low cost stable energy.

At least he's kept his word during election time!

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