Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), co-founder of the Climate Solutions Caucus and the author of the MARKET CHOICE Act, issued the following statement on reports that the White House’s refusal to accept to the scientific realities outlined in last week’s National Climate Assessment:
“The President and his Administration have fallen victim to the illogical political polarization of climate change. They seem determined to fiddle while California burns and coastal communities across our nation continue to rebuild from severe storms.
“Without action to address it, warming global temperature, rising sea levels, and more extreme weather caused by the emission of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere will threaten the strength of our economy, endanger our national security, and jeopardize future generations.
“This is not a political issue, it’s a global crisis. Both political parties must promote policies that keep these gasses out of the atmosphere while maintaining economic growth and supporting innovation. We need new ways to produce goods, transport ourselves, and empower our economy across various sectors.
“Earlier this year I introduced the MARKET CHOICE Act, which begins the process of reducing emissions by placing a price on industrial carbon pollution. Such a price gives the private sector an economic incentive to act, allowing them to make long-term investments on cleaner energy projects and less carbon-intensive products. Furthermore, it provides funding to build up, maintain, and adapt our coastal infrastructure to be more disaster resilient.”