PBS Newshour: Curbelo, Rising Conservative Voices Call for Climate Change Action
Yesterday, PBS Newshour’s Stephanie Sy reported on the rising Republican voices, including Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), calling for action on climate change in Congress and from the White House.
A partial transcript of the PBS Newshour segment is available below and video is available here.
Rising Conservative Voices Call for Climate Change Action
PBS Newshour’s Stephanie Sy: The generational shift in Republican leaders is personified by 37-year-old Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo. He voted with the party to repeal the Affordable Care Act but he’s bucking the party leadership on climate change.
“We met up with him at a solar-powered farm in his district, just south of Miami.”
Representative Carlos Curbelo: “People here live between the Everglades and the ocean, so the environment is always on our minds.”
Sy: “Last year, Curbelo and Florida Democrat Ted Deutch co-founded the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. It now has 38 members in the House of Representatives.”
Curbelo: “It’s what we call a Noah’s Ark caucus. You can only join if you identify a member of the opposing party to join with you, so it kind of forces bipartisanship, and the caucus is equally Republican and Democrat. I never thought that we would grow so fast.”
Sy: “Curbelo’s constituents are already living with the effects of global warming, such as high tides that reach higher every year and flood residents even on sunny days, depressing property values.
“They’re experiencing the threats of rising sea levels, coastal erosion, loss of wildlife, the Zika virus, all of which scientists say are worsened by climate change.
“Curbelo supports continuing and expanding subsidies for carbon-free and renewable energy sources.”
Curbelo: “Most members of Congress are open to this idea of the United States leading an energy revolution in the world, innovating, creating the jobs of the future today and one of my major priorities in tax reform is to protect the solar and wind tax credits that are in place today.”