FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 7, 2019 — The newly formed Senate Climate Solutions Caucus announced its membership this week. Joining the caucus co-founders Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) are:
- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
- Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
- Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)
- Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
“We’re excited to see the members of this group announced, and we look forward to supporting the group as they work to find common ground on bipartisan climate solutions,” said Mark Reynolds, Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).
“CCL volunteers who live in these senators’ states are particularly grateful,” Reynolds added. “Climate change is already affecting them, and any climate solutions will affect them too. By joining this bipartisan caucus, the senators are making sure their constituents are represented in this important discussion.”
Members of the group appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss their decision to join the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus. “It’s real. We’ve got to take action,” Sen. Romney said. “It’s chemistry and physics. I’m not going to deny that,” Sen. Braun added.⠀
The host asked, “Have all of you seen changes in your own states?” Senator Coons replied, “Absolutely. It’s striking how much it’s impacting everything.” Sen. Shaheen listed several industries in her state, from winter skiing to maple syrup, that are already being harmed by climate change.
These additions to the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus also give the group a noteworthy geographic footprint. Sen. Braun represents the agriculture-rich state of Indiana; Sen. Murkowski comes from the rapidly warming state of Alaska; Sen. Bennet brings the concerns of mountainous Colorado; Sen. Graham represents South Carolina, a coastal state; and so on. The composition of this caucus shows that all parts of the U.S., with different geographies and different economies, have a stake in solving climate change.
Hundreds of Citizens’ Climate Lobby volunteers will visit Capitol Hill on Nov. 12 to continue encouraging bipartisan climate work like this, as well as to push for the bipartisan Energy Innovation Act (H.R. 763), which is currently in the House of Representatives with 69 members signed on.
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