Global Climate Changeby Representative Theodore E. Deutch
Posted on 2013-12-12
DEUTCH asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. DEUTCH. Mr. Speaker, the list of issues that the 113th Congress
has failed to address is long: immigration reform, gun violence, long-
term joblessness. Yet on this list of opportunities squandered by
Republican obstructionism and indifference is also the threat of global
climate change. As a member of the Safe Climate Caucus, I want to
emphasize that this threat is real, and it needs real solutions.
In south Florida, we know that unchecked carbon pollution poses an existential threat to our communities. Rising sea levels endanger the safety of our residents and the viability of our economy. That is why Palm Beach, Monroe, Miami-Dade, and Broward Counties have formed a climate compact dedicated to mitigating climate change.
Local task forces cannot replace national leadership. We need a nationwide effort to limit carbon pollution, speed the adoption of clean energy, and protect our people from unprecedented natural disasters.
Every Member of this House belongs on the Safe Climate Caucus. Don't we all agree that, as Americans, it is our responsibility to pass on a healthier and safer environment to the next generation? Mr. Speaker, addressing global climate change will take courage. Anything less, I am afraid, is cowardice.