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Editorial: GOP leaders tackle climate

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Nearly 70 percent of those responding to a recent Gallup poll say they believe climate change is caused by humans — more than 60 percent believe we are already experiencing its negative effects.


A worker refurbishes a lamp post on Chang'an Avenue in Beijing as the capital of China is blanketed by heavy smog Monday, April 3, 2017. China's government says it will stick to its promises to curb carbon emissions after President Donald Trump eased U.S. rules on fossil fuel use that were meant to control global warming, opening the way for Beijing to assert itself as a global leader in environmental policy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

That’s why we applaud 17 Republicans in the House of Representatives — including Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania — for introducing a Republican Climate Resolution to “study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact.”

And that GOP caucus is growing, adding to an even amount of Democrats also advocating for climate solutions, including Rep. Brendan Boyle of Philadelphia.

We’d like to second the call by Citizens’ Climate Lobby regional coordinator Jon Clark for Rep. Scott Perry to join the growing caucus.

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Recently, at a town-hall-style constituents’ meeting, Perry made a remark in response to a question about climate change by answering that God should assume some of the blame for climate change:

“And by the way, some violators, if you believe in, if you’re spiritual and you believe in God, one of the violators was God because the forests are providing a certain amount of nitrates and phosphates to the Chesapeake Bay,” Perry said, before being drowned out by loud jeers coming from among the 400 constituents in attendance.

The remark was covered by journalists across the region and state. And if Perry would like to show that he is serious about investigating anything that could threaten the well-being of the people of his state, he might consider joining this caucus, which is looking for answers to climate issues that could actually bolster the economy in the bargain through the use of carbon dividends.

According to the Climate Leadership Council report, “a new climate strategy can strengthen our economy, reduce regulation, help working-class Americans, shrink government and promote national security.”

Bringing Democrats and Republicans together to find the best way to invest in a climate economy is a win-win.

If you would like to see Perry join with the Climate Leadership, call his office at 202-225-5836 or write to his office at 1207 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515

We’re calling on him to take economically beneficial action because we want to see our leaders collaborate this way on this and other issues of import to the commonwealth, the nation and the world.