Congressmen Ryan Costello (R-Chester), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), and Pat Meehan (R-Delaware) have all signed onto a resolution to battle climate change with 14 other Republican Congressmen. Costello is one of three Republicans leading the effort.
Resolutions like this are statements of principle more than policy. Unlike bills, they do not change federal law.
The resolution calls for using “American ingenuity, innovation, and exceptionalism, to create and support 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.”
“We should leverage conservative principles to develop innovative, economically viable ways to achieve this goal, including through clean energy technologies. I hope to see the Republican Climate Resolution gain momentum and be part of the solutions we advance this Congress, Costello said in a release.
“We owe it to our kids and grandkids to ensure we leave to them a safe and sustainable planet,” Meehan said in a statement.
“The reality is, climate change is real and that humans are a contributing factor. Leaders on both sides of the aisle must take serious and reasonable steps to protect our planet,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement.
Fitzpatrick is a member of the Climate Solutions Caucus, a 13 member caucus whose stated purpose is to make climate change a bipartisan priority.
All three Congressmen have all been targeted by the DCCC for 2018 and may be positioning themselves to have a better relationship with environmental groups as they prepare for re-election.
Currently no Democrats who have signed onto the resolution.
The resolution was introduced by Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY.). The full text can be found here.