Eleven House Republicans signed a resolution last week recognizing a “human role” in causing climate change and combating global warming.
The resolution does not call for specific solutions, though it was led as an initiative for House lawmakers to generally agree that human activity, through greenhouse gases, is the primary cause for global warming.
“The House of Representatives commits to working constructively, using our tradition of American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism, to create and support economically viable, and broadly supported private and public solutions to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact,” the resolution reads.
Led by Chris Gibson (R-NY), Republican signees of the resolution include David Reichert (WA) Robert Dold (IL) Richard Hanna (NY), Patrick Meehan (PA), Michael Fitzpatrick (PA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), Ryan Costello (PA), Elise Stefanik (NY) and Frank LoBiondo (NY).
Gibson said in a statement that taking measures to preserve the environment is “as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future.”
“We’re the only state that doesn’t allow fracking… even though we have some of the richest shale deposits.”
Claudia Tenney, an assemblywoman and 2014 Republican candidate to the House from New York, told The Daily Wire that Hanna, her primary opponent and a Republican from New York, had a record of voting to the left on major issues including Planned Parenthood and natural gas.
“We’re the only state that doesn’t allow fracking… even though we have some of the richest shale deposits,” Tenney said.
Mike Assad, an attorney from New Jersey who ran against LoBiondo in the 2014 GOP House primary, told The Daily Wire that although he believes that human life contributes to climate changes on the Earth, the resolution is a “hollow gimmick,” like most of LoBiondo’s proposals.
“It doesn’t propose any solutions,” Assad said. “It also contradicts LoBiondo’s record. The resolution urges Congress to pursue ‘economically viable solutions;’ however, LoBiondo voted for President Obama's Cap and Trade legislation, which would have had devastating effects on the economy and especially the middle class had it become law.”
Dr. James Enstrom, an epidemiologist and climate change expert at UCLA famous for his research involving tobacco use and carbon emissions, told The Daily Wire he thinks the resolution takes issues in the U.S. out of proportion.
“The 11 Reps are probably following the wishes of voters who elected them, but it is important for them to understand all the relevant factors before acting on climate change,” Enstrom said, citing the U.S. Senate Committee on Environmental & Public Works. “They may reduce the emissions, but that doesn’t mean that it changes the atmosphere at all, because the air diffuses across state lines."
Enstrom added, “It is important but it’s not something that America should try to solve on its own. It’s not in perspective with the other economical needs.”