Florida Politics: Brian Mast, Carlos Curbelo call for ‘American innovation’ on climate change

By Scott Powers

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Washington, D.C., March 15, 2017 | comments
A group of Republican members of Congress including U.S. Reps. Brian Mast and Carlos Curbelo have introduced a climate change resolution calling for ‘American innovation’ efforts to address it.

Curbelo and Mast, along with Elise Stefanik of New York, sponsored the resolution declaring that climate change is a real and growing problem, but espousing conservative principles to work on economically viable solutions.

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“Our goal with this resolution,” Curbelo added, “is to shift the debate from whether climate change is real toward the tangible efforts to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate its effects.”

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Curbelo said every member of Congress has a responsibility to future generations to support market-based solutions, investments and innovations that could alleviate the effects of climate change.

“With forty percent of Florida’s population at risk from sea-level rise, my state is on the front lines of climate change,” Curbelo stated in the news release. “South Florida residents are already beginning to feel the effects of climate change in their daily lives – from chronic flooding to coral bleaching to threats to our freshwater supply in the Everglades.”

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