It’s nice to see Collins join Climate Solutions Caucus
There is a sign in Rep. Chris Collins’ Lancaster office that spells out the representative’s core values. One of these is “ensuring a bright future for our children and grandchildren.” In September, Collins, R-N.Y., took a meaningful step toward that goal when he joined the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
Founded by two Florida representatives in 2016, the caucus intends “to educate members on economically viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, [and] water supply.” From the beginning the caucus has been strictly bipartisan; no member can join without a partner from across the aisle. Collins joined with Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.
The devastation inflicted by hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey proves that natural disasters have no political persuasion. Climate change will increase the frequency and robustness of extreme weather events, wildfires and floods. Our responses will be increasingly expensive, and many communities will lose things that cannot be replaced. Hopefully, the Climate Solutions Caucus can serve as an incubator for creative solutions to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
In a political climate that has pushed public discourse to extremes, it is a relief to see Collins set aside partisanship and act pragmatically to secure a vibrant world for future generations. As a constituent who continues to be hopeful about her democracy, I am grateful for his leadership on the universal issue of climate change.
Paige Ellen Dedrick
Chapter Lead, Citizens’ Climate Lobby NY-2