Last Thursday, a week in advance of Pope Francis’ address to the U.S. Congress on September 24th, eleven Republican congressmen introduced a resolution calling for action on climate change.
Their resolution reads:
Resolved, that the House of Representatives commits to working constructively, using our tradition of 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, including mitigation efforts and efforts to balance human activities that have been found to have an impact.
More than half of the resolution’s cosponsors are Catholics. Maybe the prospect of being in the presence of the pope, who has called upon members of the church to address climate change, stirred their consciences. Whatever the case, the fact that eleven Republican members of Congress have acknowledged both the existence of climate change—and the role of human activities in creating it—is worth noting. Whether the resolution signals the start of the crumbling of the Republican wall of denial, only time will tell.
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