Luján: It’s Time to Work Together on Commonsense Solutions to Address Climate Change
Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke today on the House floor regarding the need to take action to address climate change. Luján has joined with some of his Democratic colleagues to form the Safe Climate Caucus. Luján will be part of an effort to highlight the need for action that includes daily floor speeches by members of the caucus. Below are Luján’s remarks.
“Thank you, Madam Speaker. In recent years we have seen an increase in major weather events, especially in the continental United States. From record-setting super storms to severe droughts and devastating wildfires, the recent impacts of climate change cannot be ignored. In my home state of New Mexico, ranchers and farmers are struggling to maintain their livelihoods in the face of drought conditions, while last year, wildfires threatened communities that have still not fully recovered.
“A rapidly changing climate affects everyone on the planet. Climate change impacts agriculture, water supplies, power and transportation systems, and even our health and public safety.
“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and one of the worst wildfire seasons in the Western United States that we have ever seen, it’s time to work together on commonsense solutions that will allow us to use power in a smarter manner, produce clean and abundant renewable energy, and reduce emissions through energy efficiency.
“These are things we should be able to agree on and work together on in a bipartisan manner. It is critical that we move forward with a sense of urgency and take meaningful action that addresses the very real threats of climate change that are already impacting our country.”