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Stephanie Murphy Joins Climate Solutions Caucus as That Group Nears 60 Members

September 26, 2017 - 9:00am
Carlos Curbelo, Stephanie Murphy and Ted Deutch
Carlos Curbelo, Stephanie Murphy and Ted Deutch

Freshman U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., and five other members of Congress joined the Climate Solutions Caucus on Monday as that group nears 60 members. 

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." It was launched in February 2016 by two South Florida congressmen: Republican U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democrat U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch. 

Murphy weighed in on Monday as to why she joined the caucus. 

“Climate change poses a threat to Florida’s economy and our way of life, but it also presents an opportunity for the state to step up and lead on this issue,”  Murphy said. “Clean air and water shouldn’t be a partisan issue, which is why I’m proud to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. By working together across party lines, we’re leading the fight to reduce our carbon footprint, create well-paying clean energy jobs, and support research that addresses the threat to our communities. Florida must continue to lead the way in the development of alternative and renewable energies, and I’m working to ensure our beautiful state lives up to its full potential.”

Murphy also pointed to recent comments from the Defense Department--including from U.S. Defense Sec. James Mattis about the threat of climate change. 

“Our military leaders agree that climate change is real and affects our nation’s ability to plan for and respond to threats,” said Murphy. “As a former national security specialist at the Department of Defense and as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I remain dedicated to bringing both parties together to address climate change and keep our nation safe.”

Other new members include Republican U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman of Michigan, Chris Collins of New York and Pat Tiberi of Ohio and Democrats U.S. Reps. John Larson of Connecticut and Nydia Velazquez of New York. With the new additions, there are 58 members of the caucus. 

“The real-world implications of sea level rise have been on display for all to see in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean following Hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria,” Curbelo said. “I’m grateful these members are willing to step up and turn their concern into action by joining the Climate Solutions Caucus. This growing bipartisan coalition will be critical to ensuring Congress makes finding solutions to this issue a priority.”

“These new members are joining the Caucus amid a devastating hurricane season, where major storms are gaining strength from the warmer waters in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico,” said Deutch. “We are witnessing the serious impacts of climate change right in front of our eyes. More and more members of Congress believe we need to respond to climate change right now, and I’m thrilled that they turn to the Climate Solutions Caucus as a forum for open and constructive dialogue.”


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I appreciate and applaud the tone of responsible stewardship presented through this caucus. It's members face the difficult task of wading through the latest science and current public opinion in there efforts to prepare for the future as they respond to current needs.

Fact is it costs less to stop using FFs or at least stop subsidizing them in their pollution, healthcare, military, etc cost and let a real free market in power, transport happen................... But instead Repub keep selling electricity illegal that I can't sell low cost clean power unless I become a utility...............Because of this we, the sunshine state is behind NJ in solar!!!!.......................Utilities need to shrink as solar now costs $.06/kwh RETAIL either on or offgrid...................... No utility can compete with that and it isn't just solar as now many home, building, factory, etc tech costs under $.06/kwh............... You all being economic genius' know what happens then, as it spreads utility demand is going to drop bigly as few want to pay more for polluting power, No? Do you?. ..................... Fact is a lot of money to be made replacing foreign FFs and instead turning them into Florida jobs from our massive solar, biomass, tidal, east coast wind those $Bs we pay for FFs we can keep home making jobs and saving everyone 50% or more on energy........................Now which way is fiscally conservative? Smarter, better for the sunshine state, world?........................ Shouldn't we be the leader or stay a bad joke on late night TV that Florida is behind in near everything?

Climate Solutions Crock - there is no global warming you morons. Stop being politically correct to get votes from eco-insane voters.

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