GOP Rep: Trump's 'global warming' tweet was 'misleading'
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A GOP lawmaker rebuked President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE after he said the U.S. could benefit from global warming in light of record low New Years Eve weather forecasts.

Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloRepublicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP MORE (R-Fla.), co-chairman of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, tweeted Thursday that Trump's comment was "misleading" and dismissed "dangerous risks" for the environment.

 

Curbelo represents a left-leaning district that voted for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFormer Obama adviser Plouffe predicts 'historical level' of turnout by Trump supporters Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters Whoopi Goldberg presses Sanders: 'Why are you still in the race?' MORE by a 16-point margin last November. So far, Curbelo is the lone Republican to criticize the president's Thursday night tweet, which has drawn backlash from a number of Democrats and climate experts.

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Curbelo's tweet was applauded Friday by environmental activists including the Citizens' Climate Lobby, which issued a statement praising him and the Climate Solutions Caucus.

"The science is settled on climate change, and when the president issues misleading and inaccurate statements like this, it distracts us from the conversation we should be having about solving the problem," said the group's executive director Mark Reynolds. 

"Fortunately, there are Republicans on the House Climate Solutions Caucus who recognize that climate change is a serious threat to our nation, and they're working on solutions.”

Curbelo often sides with Democrats over his party when it comes to environmental issues. In 2016, the Environmental Defense Fund backed Curbelo's campaign, offering him $500,000, according to the Miami Herald.

The Florida lawmaker currently holds the highest lifetime voting score of any House Republican with the League of Conservation Voters, with second place going to fellow Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. 

—Updated at 5:55 p.m.