Curbelo, Love introduce resolution on climate change & outdoor recreation with 2 House Dems
By Steve Valk
Earlier this month, two Republicans on the Climate Solutions Caucus joined two House Democrats to introduce a bipartisan resolution acknowledging the impact that climate change is having on outdoor recreation and supporting policies to address the problem.
Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Mia Love (R-UT), both caucus members, joined with Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) to introduce H.Res. 825, which was referred to the Energy and Commerce Committee.
The resolution points out, “The outdoor recreation economy generates $887,000,000,000 in consumer spending annually and supports 7,600,000 jobs in the United States.” It goes on to acknowledge Earth’s rising temperatures, which are “resulting in rising ocean temperatures, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, dramatic glacier melt, shorter winter seasons, reduced snowpack, and an increase in extreme weather in the United States.”
Pointing to the economic activity generated in her state by natural resources, Rep. Love said in a statement, “Utah is a world-renowned hub of outdoor recreation, attracting visitors from across the world seeking to enjoy the natural beauty it offers. As someone who enjoys outdoor activities, I strongly believe we must be good stewards of the natural resources we enjoy. Fortunately, I believe we can exercise good stewardship while protecting the environment. As a lawmaker and member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, I’m proud to support policies that reflect these principles.”
Similarly, Florida depends on tourism to fuel its economy. In a statement from his office, Rep. Curbelo said, “Every year, outdoor enthusiasts and tourists spend $1.39 billion in South Florida, making it a vital part of our economy and way of life. Climate change is a growing threat to our communities and natural resources; the effects are staggering. H. Res 825 raises the alarm to this threat so we can begin to act. I am proud to join my colleagues to support this important resolution.”
The resolution calls for the House of Representatives to recognize the “harmful impact of climate change on the lands, waters, and ecosystems used for outdoor recreation” as well as the related impacts on communities and economies that depend on outdoor recreation. If adopted, the resolution would signal the House’s support for federal, state and local policies to address climate change while “supporting urban and rural populations, sustaining tourism-focused communities, and growing the economy of the United States.”