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Letter: Join the climate conversation

Last week, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., along with 10 other House Republicans who signed on as co-sponsors, introduced a resolution that acknowledges the basic science of climate change and that humans are causing it, calling on the House of Representatives to work on economically viable solutions.

The resolution acknowledges that climate change "has had noticeable, negative impacts that are expected to worsen in every region of the United States and its territories." It's a major breakthrough, and we want to give the 11 Republicans, and their colleagues who are watching from the sidelines, all the encouragement that we can.

This is a key moment for the conversation on climate change, following on the heels of the pope's address to Congress, urging it to take action on climate change. These actions will go down in history. Our Congress has been infuriatingly dysfunctional and gridlocked on efforts to address the climate crisis. This is an opportunity to move our country forward and help solve one of the biggest crises facing mankind.

Citizens' Climate Lobby, a nonpartisan organization with 250 chapters in the U.S., has been advocating for a steadily rising fee on fossil fuels and returning revenue from the fee to all households. Citizens' Climate Lobby staff and volunteers have been working quietly in coalition on this resolution for some time, and now it's time for a big effort from everyone. Take a few minutes, join thousands of volunteers from Citizens' Climate Lobby, and call our Rep. Scott Tipton at his office in Washington, D.C., and ask him to sign on to the Gibson Resolution at 202-225-4761.

Ruthie Brown

Aspen

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