Sun Sentinel: As White House rolls back climate rules, Congress must step in | Opinion

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Washington, April 22, 2017 | comments

Earth Day arrives this year with serious questions about America's commitment to preserve the environment and limit the risks posed by climate change. That's because on March 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan (CPP) and other Obama-era initiatives to reduce pollution that drives global warming.

Without the CPP, the U.S. is unlikely to meet its commitment to the Paris climate accord, a tremendous setback in global efforts to keep temperatures from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Crossing the 2C threshold, scientists warn, will lead to catastrophic consequences including food shortages, coastal flooding, epidemics, mass migrations, and destabilized nations.

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South Florida's own Carlos Curbelo (R-District 26) and Ted Deutch (D-District 22) founded the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus, which now has 38 members, 19 of them from the GOP side of the aisle. The Caucus is a place free of the toxic rhetoric surrounding the climate issue, where equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats come together to listen to one another, share ideas, and find common ground for effective solutions to climate change.

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