Four lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus

Four lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus
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Four lawmakers, two Republicans and two Democrats, joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus on Tuesday, according to a press release from the group.

Reps. Mark SanfordMarshall (Mark) Clement SanfordOvernight Regulation: Florida decision puts Trump drilling plan on shaky ground | Trump floats staying in Paris climate deal | Dems rush into net neutrality fight Overnight Energy: Zinke under fire for exempting Florida from drilling plan | Trump floats staying in Paris deal | NYC sues big oil over climate GOP lawmaker rips Trump, Zinke: 'Self-serving' to exempt Florida from drilling MORE (R-S.C.), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), Elizabeth EstyElizabeth Henderson EstyBipartisan group of lawmakers offers ideas for infrastructure plan Four lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus Cutting Dems out on infrastructure could cost key votes MORE (D-Conn) and David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineFour lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus Deputy attorney general says Mueller probe not a ‘witch hunt’ Overnight Tech: FCC won't delay net neutrality vote | Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices | Biden scolds social media firms over transparency MORE (D-R.I.) all joined the group, which seeks bipartisan solutions to climate change issues such as carbon emissions and rising sea levels.

The caucus, formed in February of last year, is chaired by Florida Reps. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloMcCarthy: ‘No deadline on DACA’ Bipartisan group to introduce DACA bill in House GOP Rep. Mia Love calls Trump's 's---hole' comment racist: 'I can't defend the indefensible' MORE (R) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchFour lawmakers join House Climate Solutions Caucus Ethics panel denied details on lawmakers accused of harassment Ethics panel asks for details of past harassment cases against serving lawmakers MORE (D). It splits its membership evenly among Democrats and Republicans.

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In his statement, Sanford cited rising sea levels afflicting his family farm in South Carolina as a way the effects of climate change have become a personal issue.

"For over 30 years, I have seen the ever-so-gradual effects of rising sea levels at our farm on the South Carolina coast. I've watched once-thriving pine trees die in that fragile zone between uplands and salt marshes," Sanford said in a statement. "To me, the idea that we should be good stewards of what we’ve been given simply makes sense."

Donovan, meanwhile, cited the devastating damage of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, which caused at least $75 billion in damages in New York and the surrounding region. 

“Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy devastated Staten Island and other parts of New York City — and just this year we saw hurricanes and wildfires ravage our nation," the New York Republican said.

"Extreme weather events pose a significant risk to the safety of millions of Americans, businesses and properties, and we must act now to confront these challenges."

The Climate Solutions Caucus has been credited with warming House Republican attitudes toward climate change and environmental legislation, and has grown steadily since its founding over a year ago.