Safe Climate Caucus: Republican Leadership Lacks Solutions to Address Climate Change Already Impacting Americans

Jul 20, 2018
Press Release

Safe Climate Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) and Don Beyer (VA-08) released the statement below following the passage of H. Con. Res. 119, the anti-climate, Republican resolution denouncing a carbon tax:

“In the same week research was released stating a carbon tax could be implemented without hurting the economy, Congressional Republicans decided to adopt a resolution denouncing a hypothetical carbon tax under the premise that it would be detrimental to the economy. For decades, economists across the ideological spectrum have argued that carbon pricing is the most efficient way to discourage the use of fossil fuels and to energize the growth of energy efficiency measures, alternative energy sources, and market decisions on everything from housing to transportation. Instead of listening to economists or their fellow conservative thought leaders on climate, the GOP has decided to put political talking points before research, data and facts.

“History will look back on this House Resolution with sadness and regret. Once again, Republicans have chosen short-term profits of the fossil fuel titans over the long-term survival and prosperity of mankind. The majority of Americans are concerned about human-caused global warming, know climate change is happening and want to see us take action. Every day that we fail to act on the climate crisis puts the economy, environment, public health, and the future of our children at serious risk.”