By Marc Rauch, Bellport.
Lee Zeldin joined the Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions Caucus last October (just before the election) to great fanfare. However, he failed to join other members of that caucus (including Republican members) in taking meaningful actions (e.g. votes on legislation, resolutions, public statements, letters to the White House, etc.) to protect our climate! So far Lee’s membership in the Climate Solutions Caucus appears to be basically a sham – he is a member in name only.
The latest example is this week’s bipartisan letter to President Trump on Paris, which Lee Zeldin conspicuously failed to sign.
Click here to view the full Bipartisan letter to President Trump on the Paris agreement.
Representatives Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) Ted Deutch (FL-22), Co-Chairs of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, led a group of 19 other members of the Caucus in a letter to President Trump urging him to maintain our country’s commitment to the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“It is imperative that we maintain our seat at the table in global discussions of how to address the threats posed by climate change,” the members wrote. “The Paris Agreement gives us the chance to negotiate deals with other countries on greenhouse gas reductions and verify that everyone is keeping up with their pledges, without sacrificing our independence or self-interest.”
The letter later explains, “Remaining in the UNFCCC will strengthen American leadership on environmental stewardship and help transform today’s low-carbon investments into trillions of dollars of clean energy prosperity. Withdrawing would mean squandering a unique opportunity to promote American research, ingenuity, and innovation.”
The letter was signed by Representatives Curbelo, Deutch, Beyer (VA-8), Blumneauer (OR-3), Bonamici (OR-1), Boyle (PA-13), Carbajal (CA-24), Costello (PA-6), Crist (FL-13), Delaney (MD-6), Eshoo (CA-18), Fizpatrick (PA-8), Kuster (NH-2), Lipinski (IL-3), Lowenthal (CA-47), McNerney (CA-9), Meehan (PA-7), Moulton (MA-6), Peters (CA-52), Suozzi (NY-3), and Welch (VT).