Although the news of the past recent days has been focused on Pope Francis’ visit, a gamechanging event for our country and our planet actually occurred prior to his arrival.
On Sept. 17, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., joined by several of his colleagues, introduced the Environmental Stewardship Resolution expressing “the commitment of the House of Representatives to conservative environmental stewardship.”
The resolution states, “it is a conservative principle to protect, conserve, and be good stewards of our environment, responsibly plan for all market factors, and base our policy decisions in science and quantifiable facts on the ground.”
It also notes the many problems already resulting from the changing climate and includes warnings by the Pentagon that “the effects of a changing climate are ‘threat multipliers that will aggravate stressors abroad such as poverty, environmental degradation, political instability, and social tensions.’ ”
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This resolution is a very big deal. It is the important first step required in order for bipartisan legislation on climate change and reducing carbon dioxide emissions to occur. Rep. Gibson and his colleagues deserve our thanks for providing political leadership on this critical issue.