The bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus welcomed five new members to its growing list: Representatives Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Tom MacArthur (NJ-03), Eliot Engel(NY-16), Peter Roskam (IL-6), and Ron Kind (WI-3).
Co-Chaired and founded by Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) in February 2016, the Caucus is now comprised of 78 Members of Congress, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, representing diverse districts from across the country.
"Now 78 Members strong, the Climate Solutions Caucus is evidence that there is a growing, diverse, and bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress ready to put politics aside and find meaningful solutions to the challenges posed by sea level rise and climate change," Curbelo said. "We have a responsibility to our constituents and future generations to present a united front to combat anti-climate policies and to have a productive, fact-based dialogue about market-oriented solutions, investments, and innovations that could mitigate the effects of climate change and make our nation more resilient. I'm grateful these new Members are willing to step up and turn their concern into action by joining and welcome their valuable input. This growing coalition will be critical to ensuring Congress makes finding solutions to this issue a priority."
"Last year, intense weather systems devastated communities across our country, from Puerto Rico to California," Deutch said. "More and more Americans are suffering from worsening weather patterns as a result of climate change. The growth in size and regional diversity of this caucus is a reflection of the broad consensus among Americans that climate change is an urgent issue that demands action by Congress. As we gear up for hurricane season, I welcome this bipartisan support from my colleagues for the Caucus' efforts to address the growing threats of climate change."
"I'm proud to team up with both Republicans and Democrats on ways to protect our country's economy, security, water supply and environment," said Paulsen.
"My district is home to the heart of the Jersey Shore, Barnegat Bay, the Pine Barrens and the Delaware River. Climate change and other environmental issues directly impact our area and our South Jersey economy. I am proud to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus to find practical solutions to the environmental challenges we face," MacArthur said.
"Climate change should never have become a partisan issue, even though many in Congress have treated it that way," said Engel. "It's a global issue that affects every one of us in a very real, consequential way. As such, Democrats and Republicans must come together to find real world solutions to the growing crisis, and one avenue for that type of bipartisan work is the Climate Solutions Caucus. The best way to reduce harmful greenhouse emissions, expand clean, renewable fuel sources, and move our energy sector into the 21st century is for both parties to acknowledge the realities of climate change and confront the challenge head-on. I have fought long and hard to advance solutions to this problem, and now I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and continuing that work with my colleagues on this caucus."
"We have one earth and it's up to all of us to take care of it," Roskam said. "Being a good steward of our planet bears great significance. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to understand the impacts and challenges that come from a changing climate. The Climate Solutions Caucus is a bipartisan venue to enact common sense solutions."
"Wisconsin is known for our outdoor traditions, which rely on a strong ecosystem and a commitment to protecting our land for generations to come," said Kind. "I'm proud to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, and look forward to working across the aisle to protect our land, air and water."