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Rep. Barbara Lee Leads on Environmental Justice

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.23.2016 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

While the nation contends with elected officials who continue to insist that climate change is a hoax, there are others who stand as an example to bei...

Rep. Carlos Curbelo: Republican Half of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

Wow! It's finally here! A bipartisan effort from two Florida congressmen who have put together the new Climate Solutions Caucus.

New Threats to National Security in the Age of Climate Change

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 11.02.2016 | Green
Rep. Adam Schiff

As the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, I review the threats posed to our national security every day. Climate change is not often immediately associated with this list -- but it has undeniably become a catalyst for conflict in vulnerable countries.

California Leads the Way Forward, Again

Rep. Alan Lowenthal | Posted 06.03.2015 | Green
Rep. Alan Lowenthal

While many members of Congress remain wary of the costs of reducing climate change pollution, they need look no further than the largest state economy in our nation for a perfect example of how to take action.

Climate-Change Deniers Can't Be Fiscal Hawks

Rep. Carolyn Maloney | Posted 05.19.2015 | Green
Rep. Carolyn Maloney

What is oddest about opposition to action to address climate change is the implications for another priority of the Republican party: deficit reduction. The bury-your-head-in-the-sand approach won't make extreme weather events driven by a changing climate go away, but it will ensure that our response is uncoordinated, less proactive, and far more expensive.

Putting the Focus on Climate Change

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 05.06.2015 | Green
Rep. Lois Capps

Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and other extreme weather events -- some of the most troubling, costly, and immediate impacts of climate change -- pose very real threats to our public health, infrastructure, and economy.

Neither Rain, Nor Flood, Nor Drought Can Stop the Climate Change Deniers

Rep. Adam Schiff | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Rep. Adam Schiff

No one can deny that California is facing one of its worst droughts in recorded history. The challenge in crafting a long-term solution to the drought is that it requires us to confront the broader problem of climate change, and for many involved in the issue, climate change is a mirage.

Climate Change Education Works for Students

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

While some members of Congress debate the scientific facts of climate change, students are weighing the evidence and deciding for themselves.

Governor Rick Scott Should Accept Free Science Lessons

Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

While Governor Scott has shrugged off climate change, South Florida's leaders understand that confronting climate change is not about politics. It is about survival.

Innovation: Key to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Rep. Scott Peters | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Rep. Scott Peters

Recently, the EPA unveiled a proposal to reduce carbon emissions aggressively. It also avoids a potentially clumsy federal "one-size-fits-all" approach, by requiring and empowering each state to craft its own pollution reduction strategy. When each state is a laboratory, we are most likely to find the best practices.

Safe Climate Caucus: It's Time to Protect Our Environment and Our Economy

Rep. Henry Waxman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Green
Rep. Henry Waxman

A recent report found that climate change affects our economy in three distinct ways: (1) rising sea levels and storm surge are damaging coastal properties and infrastructure; (2) climate changes are altering agricultural production and energy demand; and (3) higher temperatures are harming labor productivity and public health.

The Right Call on Climate Change

Rep. Lois Capps | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Rep. Lois Capps

Power plants are the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, producing nearly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, there are no limits on what they can emit into the atmosphere. That is what makes this announcement so notable.

Let's Think Critically About Our Electricity System

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 08.06.2014 | Green
Rep. Paul Tonko

For those interested in expanding our cheapest source of energy -- efficiency -- the question is: How do changes in the electricity sector influence our ability to realize further efficiency?

Safe Climate Caucus: Wake Up, Congress

Rep. Henry Waxman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Rep. Henry Waxman

There is no time to delay. Earlier this month, our nation's leading climate scientists confirmed that climate change is real, is caused by humans, and is already harming communities across America. They concluded that the scientific evidence is "unequivocal."

Don't Undervalue Importance of Co-benefits

Rep. Paul Tonko | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rep. Paul Tonko

Many climate change deniers would have you believe that addressing climate change is all pain and no gain. This is simply not true.

Take a Moment for Earth Day, Our Planet Is Depending on Us

Rep. Scott Peters | Posted 06.09.2014 | Green
Rep. Scott Peters

As the ocean absorbs more CO2, the ocean becomes more acidic, and acidic water affects all ocean life especially plankton and coral reefs. It poses a real threat to animals higher on the food chain, including fish. One out of six American jobs depends on our oceans.

Recent Reports Show Need for Congress to Act on Climate Change

Rep. Mark Pocan | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Rep. Mark Pocan

I believe that climate change represents one of the greatest threats to our national security and our planet. Increasing CO2 levels in our atmosphere, if allowed to continue unchecked, carry dire consequences for the future of our health and economy.

Safe Climate Caucus Pumps up Advocacy and Action

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

If you can't get Republicans to heed the warnings of those in the military, you have to wonder what will make a dent in their consciousness.

Smart Growth Helps Combat Climate Change

Doris Matsui | Posted 05.04.2014 | Green
Doris Matsui

When given an option to walk or bike in a safe and secure manner, people will take advantage of it. And when people choose these options and get out of their cars, the climate benefits are immense.

California's Drought Foreshadows Lasting Change in Climate System

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Californians are looking out their windows and seeing dry lakes, dead grass, and empty reservoirs. Towns are restricting water use. Some have less than 100 days of water left. The environmental and personal effects of our current drought are everywhere.

Safe Climate Caucus: The Time to Act Is Now

Rep. Henry Waxman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Rep. Henry Waxman

In May, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time in millions of years. In the United States, we had seven severe weather events that each cost more than $1 billion. Globally, the impacts were even worse.

Mother's Day: Political Moms Mobilize For Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I reached out to several of the female members of the caucus, on the occasion of Mother's Day, to get their feedback on the importance of amplifying the dangers of climate change, and the role of mothers, grandmothers, and aunts in being vigilant about protecting the planet.