Congressman Gibson introduces resolution calling for improved environmental stewardship
September 17, 2015 -
The natural resources, environment, and climate of New York State are all critically vital to our economy, especially in important industries such as construction, agriculture, tourism, and transportation. For that reason, Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) announced today an effort in which he joined with 10 other Republican colleagues to recognize this reality and the need for conservative leaders in Congress to pursue policies to better understand not only our environment and natural resources, but also changing weather patterns and the climate, and our impact on each of them.
“All too often, the conversation about appropriate and balanced environmental stewardship gets caught up in partisan politics. Yet, this conversation is key to the preservation of our great country for generations to come, as important as ensuring we have fiscally responsible policies to secure our future,” said Congressman Gibson, who represents a largely rural and agriculturally-dependent Congressional District in Upstate New York. “For that reason, I believe the most important first step forward is recognizing that this is also a fundamentally conservative issue, and finding common ground on how to address it.”
In keeping with these goals, Congressman Gibson and 10 other Republican Members of Congress from across the country are introducing a resolution calling for better environmental stewardship through “economically viable, and broadly supported private and public solutions to study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates.”
One of the Republican co-leads on this resolution, and a leader on this issue, Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) added, “South Florida is the frontline of climate change, where we have seen its negative impact in the form of rising sea-levels and the erosion of our coastal communities. In Miami-Dade County alone, more people live less than a mere four feet above sea level than any state in the union with the exception of Florida and Louisiana. In fact, 40% of Florida’s population is at risk of rising sea levels, posing a clear and present danger. Our goal with this resolution is to shift the debate from whether climate change is real to what we can do to mitigate its effects.”
From here, Congressman Gibson plans to focus efforts on achieving the goals of this resolution through a variety of public and private efforts, including:
- Expanding study of our environment, weather, and climate through a combination of private, peer-reviewed studies as well as appropriate, non-partisan oversight of government studies and publicly-funded studies;
- Modernizing our antiquated energy transmission and transportation through improving electric grid reliability and efficiency, expanding the use of microgrids, and expanding infrastructure investment;
- Bringing our energy sector into the next generation, including expanding our use of hydropower; increasing the potential of our wind power industry; pursuing and improving biomass energy use; promoting programs like SunShot that have already seen progress and have incredible future potential in making more efficient the harnessing of solar power; and pursuing safe and properly-regulated natural gas production and use with the goal of creating a bridge to the long term goal of energy independence with renewable energy resources; and
- Promoting investments in some of the most promising technologies, including advanced manufacturing and prototyping, nanotechnology coatings and composites, advanced energy storage and battery technology, and waste-heat-to-power systems.
Congressman Gibson and his colleagues have worked with a non-partisan network of faith-based, national security, environmental, business, and community organizations in developing this outline of conservative goals and policies for ensuring the proper stewardship of our environment and natural resources. Pope Francis is expected to also call for action on improved environmental stewardship to mitigate the causes and effects of our changing climate during his visit to Congress next week.