CLIMATE: 17 Republicans back resolution urging action on warming — Wednesday, March 15, 2017 —

 17 Republicans back resolution urging action on warming

The Republican climate resolution that jump-started a conversation on global warming ahead of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Capitol Hill is back.

In addition to acknowledging the problem of warming, the 17 climate-savvy House Republicans backing the mainly symbolic legislation say they are prepared to embrace policies that help cut carbon dioxide emissions or adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Republican Reps. Elise Stefanik of New York, Carlos Curbelo of Florida and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania led the effort.

The list of original co-sponsors includes Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Brian Mast of Florida; Don Bacon of Nebraska; Mark Amodei of Nevada; Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey; John Faso, John Katko and Tom Reed of New York; Pat Meehan and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania; Mark Sanford of South Carolina; Mia Love of Utah; Barbara Comstock of Virginia; and Dave Reichert of Washington.

From streamlining the permitting process for renewable energy projects on public lands to protecting Energy Department research and grant programs from cuts proposed by the Trump administration, a small menu of policy options emerged during interviews with co-sponsors.

Curbelo said yesterday that he “definitely” expects the group to push back on any proposed cuts to climate-related programs at U.S. EPA and elsewhere, though he cautioned, “I don’t want to invest too much in presidential budgets. … It’s Congress that passes the budget.”

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