Climate Solutions a breath of fresh air
At a time when partisan divide leads the most pressing issues to an impasse in D.C., it is a breath of fresh air to see the newly formed Climate Solutions Caucus already in action, reminding us once again what can be achieved when both parties commit to work in a constructive, respectful and bipartisan manner.
Since its beginnings within the 115th Congress, the Caucus has been rapidly growing, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans joining, already reaching fifty two members. There was a beautiful display of unity when the Caucus recently voted unanimously against the amendment to strip out any mention of climate change as a national security threat in the defense bill, effectively blocking the amendment.
In contrast, our congressman Dan Newhouse, who has yet to join the Caucus, voted “Yes” for the amendment, missing a golden opportunity to score political points with his constituents.
The hope is that with further growth the Caucus will have enough sponsors to introduce legislation that rapidly reduces our greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, putting our great country on a path of sustainable economic growth powered by 100% renewable energy. Our congressman, who has never shied away from working across the aisle his entire political career, should not fall in the trap of partisan politics now. Instead he, too, should join the Caucus.
Cigdem Capan, Richland, Washington