Ten Lonely House Republicans Acknowledge Climate Change Is Real

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A week ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Capitol Hill, and a little over a year ahead of the 2016 election, ten Republicans from swing House Districts bucked party orthodoxy and acknowledged the reality of human-caused climate change. The ten Republicans signed a resolution “affirming that human activity contributes to climate change and endorsing action to respond to the threat of Earth’s changing climate.”

Rep. Chris Gibson (NY-19) drew up the resolution. While the legislation is vague on what specific policies should be implemented, the mere fact that any House Republicans are willing to go on record saying climate change is real, is by itself significant.

Their are 247 House Republicans, so the ten Representatives who acknowledge human involvement in climate change doesn’t even amount to 1/20th of the Republicans in the U.S. House. Nevertheless, ten is still a larger number than zero, and it suggests that some swing district Republicans are more interested in getting re-elected than in maintaining loyalty to the dogmatic anti-science ideology that dominates the House GOP caucus.

In addition to Gibson, the other House Republicans supporting the measure are: Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Robert Dold (IL-10), Dave Reichert (WA-8), Ryan Costello (PA-6) Pat Meehan (PA-7), Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Elise Stefanik (NY-21) and Richard Hanna (NY-22).

The ten lawmakers will probably receive little attention since few of them are well known outside their districts. Furthermore, the sheer volume of the Republican presidential race, dominated by climate change deniers, is likely to drown out the feeble opposition of less than a dozen House GOP moderates.

However, if the nation intends to get serious about addressing the possible impact of climate change, it would be beneficial if members of both major parties made a commitment to do something. That ten Republican lawmakers have challenged party orthodoxy on the critical issue of climate change is a small step forward, but one that must be taken before bigger, more meaningful steps can follow.

17 Replies to “Ten Lonely House Republicans Acknowledge Climate Change Is Real”

  1. Climate change is real but not real enough for science to say; “PROVEN”, even for a CO2 Armageddon and the last 34 years of debate, delay and climate action failure and global disbelief “proves” it.

    Do you want your kids remembering you for this?

    It’s over so move on;
    Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.

  2. the heretics! they must be shunned! how dare they go against the word of the lord gop? meanwhile back on planet reality, stuffs burnin up real good here in calif. thanks to that ‘not’ happening climate change. what was a superb mountain community in no. cal., to live and visit, now looks like the surface of the moon. oh, they say it went up in 12 minutes since all the trees are dying. i know, the redwoods near marin are also dying too. shits f’d up.

  3. It’s been 34 years of debate, delay and denial and still science isn’t ALLOWED to say it’s; “PROVEN” to be a CO2 Armageddon, but you “believers” can tell children it’s “PROVEN”?

    Is this how you want your kids remembering you?

    It’s over so move on;
    Occupywallstreet now does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded and corporate run carbon trading stock markets ruled by politicians.

  4. Standing up in support of fact, deserves more attention than standing up for fiction (Kim Davis). Good to know there are a handful of educated Republicans.

  5. Shocker! All you ever hear from republicans is “I’m not a scientist”. Most of you aren’t, doctors, but want to be experts on planned parenthood and abortion. Most aren’t preachers, but wan’t to give you their take on god. Pretty much once the election is over in Nov “16”, the positions will devolve, this was probably just the easiest one to take a stand on for them. I give them zero credibility.

  6. mEME:

    Science will never be able to PROVE anything.
    that’s the problem with the naysayers: there is nothing that will convince them: they keep asking for PROOF. which by definition will never exist.

  7. I’m not so sure it’s as much education as it is trying to hang on to their seats in purple districts. They see the country moving to the left and desperately want to hold on to their cushy jobs.

  8. The rest of the GOPers in Congress won’t acknowledge
    climate change until the District of Columbia is knee deep in the Atlantic Ocean. Toss us a snowball, assholes!

  9. {gasp}{startled burp} WHAT?!?!?!
    Some Goppies are leaving the fetid, putrid, suffocating embrace o’ Idiotology…defying their Idiotologues, breathing the sweet air of Truth for the first time??? {IN their political lives at least…lol}
    …but can they be rehabilitated; learn to speak {political} English, learn to “Play nice with others}.???

  10. Dr Dan Benishek (R-1st Dist. MI) announced this week that he will not be running again. Whether this means he’ll be out of politics or not is another question. Funded by the Koch brothers and always campaigning with lies, this millionaire doctor represents most of the Upper Peninsula and a large patch of northern Michigan. Not a shred of human decency in the man; he has spent his time voting against “Obamacare,” against climate change, against the poor, against veterans. At every opportunity, he has voted against the best interests of his constituents. He could have at least shown some courage and joined his 10 GOP colleagues in acknowledging the existence of climate change as an issue at long last. I hope he’s planning to retire somewhere far away from northern Michigan.

  11. There is a viable Democrat that is running for his seat
    This move puts former Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson in the position of being the only declared candidate one of the two declared candidates for the 1st District race along with Democrat Jerry Cannon who ran against Benishek in 2014. Johnson has been campaigning hard across the Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula since declaring his candidacy in June. Although MI-01 is considered a “Leans Republican” district, the right Democrat can win it and Benishek just made that a whole lot easier.

  12. Scientific theories never prove anything, they may become accepted if they meet the following criteria:

    1. Explain the observations in question.
    2. Make predictions that can be tested and verified.
    3. Be falsifiable—this allows scientific theories to be modified or changed if additional information is discovered.

    Climate change, like gravity, will never be proven but are accepted in the scientific community. Although I’m not going to test the ‘theory’ of gravity by stepping off a ten story building.

  13. I am thinking of forming a super pac for him. Question do I keep what I don’t spend? It seems to be the American way

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