Dear Editor, 

The two political parties in the United States can work together. The Climate Solutions Caucus – only in its second year of existence – is a bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives. It acknowledges “that, if left unaddressed, the consequences of a changing climate have the potential to adversely affect the health of all Americans and the strength of our economy, consequently imposing substantial costs on both state and federal budgets.” The caucus now has 52 members – 26 from each party – and has already doubled its size since the beginning of the 115th Congress. Its founders credit U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement as a catalyst for growth.

So far this session, the caucus has introduced two bills. HR 2326 is called the Climate Solutions Commission Act (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2326/text).  Its stated goal is “To accelerate reductions in climate pollution in order to leave a better planet for future generations, and to create a bipartisan commission to develop economically viable policies to achieve science-based emissions reduction targets.”

The second bill -- HR 1090 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1090) – is called the Technologies for Energy Security Act. It aims to continue tax credits for home owner expenses in installing energy efficient or energy generating technologies through 2021. Quite a number of people here in Chadron have taken advantage of these credits already, and many would like to in coming years.

It is truly inspiring to see our lawmakers working together on important issues. Hopefully this example of cooperation will help heal the toxic political environment of recent years. The members of the Chadron Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) salute the Climate Solutions Caucus. We are a nonpartisan organization dedicated to addressing climate change caused by human activity.

Anyone interested in learning more about local efforts to combat global warming is welcome at the next CCL meeting.  It will be at the United Church of Christ at Fourth and Chadron at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

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Kurt Kinbacher

Chadron Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby

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