Curbelo: Congress Must Lead if President Will Ignore Congressional Mandate to Consider Climate Change in National Defense

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Washington, D.C., December 18, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement regarding President Trump’s decision to remove climate change as a threat in his newly unveiled national security strategy:  

“Thanks largely in part to the work of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus during the NDAA amendment process, Congress sent a clear message to America and the Administration that climate change and sea level rise must be considered when planning for our national defense. It’s not only disappointing to see the President ignore that mandate, it’s unacceptable. Congress needs to take action to ensure our military installations around the world are adapting and mitigating when it comes to climate change, and I challenge the Members of the Climate Solutions Caucus to step up to help lead that effort.” 

BACKGROUND

Thanks to the actions of the Climate Solutions Caucus earlier this year, the recently signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) did not include an anti-climate amendment that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from mitigating and adapting to the impact of sea level rise. The Caucus led a bipartisan effort to block the anti-climate amendment during the NDAA amendment process in the House

The mission of the Climate Solutions Caucus is to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and to explore bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. As determined by the Co-Chairs, the Caucus membership will consist of equal representation by Democrats and Republicans.

The full membership of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the 115th Congress can be accessed here.

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