A press release from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:
Reps. Hultgren and Roskam join bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus
Woodstock, Thursday, May 24 – The McHenry County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby applauds Rep. Randy Hultgren (R IL – 14) and Rep. Peter Roskam (R IL – 06) for joining the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus, taking Congress one step closer to creating legislation that will reduce the considerable risks posed by climate change.
“We’re thrilled that Congressmen Hultgren and Roskam have stepped up to become leaders in this way on the climate issue,” said Rick Johnson, co-leader of the McHenry CCL chapter.
“By joining the Climate Solutions Caucus, they are sending a message that it’s time to set aside partisan differences and find a way to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that threaten future generations.”
The Climate Solutions Caucus was established in early 2016 by Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) to “serve as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety,” according to documents filed with the Committee on House Administration.
“My state, our nation and our world are blessed with an abundance of resources and natural beauty, and it is our responsibility to be good stewards of creation. Maintaining this gift demands smart, forward-looking solutions,” said Rep. Hultgren.
Rep. Roskam said, “We have one earth and it’s up to all of us to take care of it. Being a good steward of our planet bears great significance. It is incumbent upon each and every one of us to understand the impacts and challenges that come from a changing climate.”
The Climate Solutions Caucus membership consists of equal representation by Democrats and Republicans. Currently, the caucus now has 78 members. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) joined with Rep. Hultgren, and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) joined the caucus with Rep. Roskam.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-partisan advocacy organization with more than 300 chapters in the U.S., works to bridge the political divide on climate change by building support for a national, market-based approach to reduce carbon pollution. Environmental Defenders of McHenry County partners with the McHenry County Citizens’ Climate Lobby, providing support through publicity, media contacts, and tabling events.