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Climate Solutions Caucus, Led by South Florida Congressmen, Expands

April 1, 2017 - 6:00am

The Climate Solutions Caucus, which was founded by two South Florida congressmen, continued to expand this week with ten new members. 

Last year, U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Ted Deutch, D-Fla., founded the caucus and still serve as the co-chairs. Since it was founded last February, the caucus has increased its membership, expanding twice earlier this year. 

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." On Thursday, five Republicans and five Democrats joined the expanding caucus. The new members include two of the senior Republicans in the House--Darrell Issa of California and Peter King of New York--and Democrats like Rodney Davis of Illinois. Currently, the caucus has 34 members, divided evenly between the two parties. 

“The interest our caucus has gained in the first few months of this new Congress shows there is a growing, bipartisan coalition of members of Congress ready to find real solutions to climate change issues,” Curbelo said. “This caucus has such a diverse group of members and each brings unique perspectives to the table. We have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to have productive discussions about market-based solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I’m thankful to these new members for joining our efforts, and I look forward to our work together.”‎

“Americans from across the political spectrum are demanding that Congress put politics aside to act on climate change,” said Deutch. “The remarkable growth and diversity of this Caucus sends a clear signal to the White House and the American people that Congressional Democrats and Republicans are ready to work together on paramount issues like climate change. I look forward to working with my caucus colleagues to explore bipartisan legislative initiatives to address the growing challenges of climate change.”

Other members of the caucus from Florida include Republican U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrat U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist. 

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It is really moot as clean power, fuels cost less......... So which of you deniers is going to pay more for polluting power, fuels?............ Fact is electric demand is dropping as more solar, wind and CHP in homes, buildings, campus, factories, etc make their own for much less.................... In less than 5 yrs RE power will surpass coal in total power produced because it costs less............... I grew up in Florida and I've watched over 500sq miles go under salt water from rising sea levels....................... And it's rising faster now.................It takes either very biased, a liar, incompetent or easily fooled people to say manmade CC isn't real. Which are you?

I'm with you! Too bad so many are not informed and think our pollution does not have an effect on Climate Change. They don't even believe the expert scientists, what the heck?

Climate change in our planet is due to the greenhouse effect which in turn is a consequence of the CO2 emissions. In Florida legislation does not favor Solar Power yet even thought we call ourselves the sunshine state. FPL one of the major electricity providers in this sense buys the politician conscience with large contributions to their campaigns, and that is why a real reform to restrict fossil fuels, and impulse solar power has not happened. Our State ranks 26th country wise in regards to Solar Power https://solarpowerrocks.com/2017-state-solar-power-rankings/#FL Florida legislation bans third-party financing of solar energy. Third-party financing of solar energy primarily occurs through two models: power purchase agreements (PPAs) and solar leases. In the PPA model, an installer/developer builds a solar energy system on a customer’s property at no cost. The solar energy system offsets the customer’s electric utility bill, and the developer sells the power generated to the customer at a fixed rate, typically lower than the local utility. At the end of the PPA contract term, property owners can extend the contract and even buy the solar energy system from the developer. In the lease model, a customer will sign a contract with an installer/developer and pay for the solar energy system over a period of years or decades, rather than paying for the power produced. Solar leases can be structured so customers pay no up-front costs, some of the system cost, or purchase the system before the end of the lease term. Similar leasing structures are commonly used in many other industries, including automobiles and office equipment.

The constituents or these Congressman should be very wary of any representation provided by such easily fooled representatives. The Climate Gate scandal of 2009 proved that key data involving man-made climate change was manipulated. In other words climate change is a HOAX. If they’re so easily fooled regarding climate change what other actually important issues are they mishandling because they buy into false information.

There was No Climate Gate. More and more sophisticated instrumentation continues to be used and its uses expanded. A massive amount of data flows in daily. At times, the increasing accuracy demands that past data be corrected. And the corrections made just ain't good news. Richard, take a physics course. Everyone should. Meanwhile, I have some hot oceanfront property for you. Oh, and some Congress critters have studied science. And there are those in Congress who rely on ancient Babylonian and Assyrian folk tales.

Climate change is not a hoax. There is plenty of evidence. There has been an accelerated increase in global surface temperatures, especially at the poles, accelerated loss of glacial ice and sea ice, melting of the permafrost, increased high-precipitation events, and increased variability of the jet stream. So these pesky facts come in from all directions. And as all of these impacts were spectacularly predicted by climate models based on the physics and chemistry of increased CO2, it's inarguable that humans are responsible. Just stop propagating nonsense counter to your own self-interest.

What you refer to as fact are nothing more than false information that the Global warming people are disseminating. The climate models you refer to are only wishful guesses of the future. The models 10 years ago never came true so why should the present models be any different? Global Warming is nothing more than a HOAX.

What you refer to as fact are nothing more than false information that the Global warming people are disseminating. The climate models you refer to are only wishful guesses of the future. The models 10 years ago never came true so why should the present models be any different? Global Warming is nothing more than a HOAX.

Climate change is not a hoax. There is plenty of evidence. There has been an accelerated increase in global surface temperatures, especially at the poles, accelerated loss of glacial ice and sea ice, melting of the permafrost, increased high-precipitation events, and increased variability of the jet stream. So these pesky facts come in from all directions. And as all of these impacts were spectacularly predicted by climate models based on the physics and chemistry of increased CO2, it's inarguable that humans are responsible. Just stop populating nonsense counter to your own self-interest.

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