*Originally published on RYOT.org on September 18th, 2015 by Sean Sawyer*
One of the major downfall for the GOP in recent years is their denial of the human role in climate change, despite scientific proof. However, there has been a mini rebellion within the party as 10 Republican Congressmen have signed a resolution that they each agree that humans play an important role in the climate change crisis. They also acknowledge that steps need to be taken to reverse this role.
According to the Guardian, the resolution “Conservative Environment Stewardship” was drafted by Chris Gibson, former US Army Colonel and current New York Representative. The other politicians endorsing this resolution is Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Robert Dold of Illinois, Dave Reichert of Washington, Pat Meehan, Ryan Costello, and Mike Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Richard Hanna and Elise Stefanik of New York.
It is an important resolution that comes in a timely manner just a week before
This is a major step for the GOP, but not all are onboard with Gibson’s resolution. Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona will be boycotting the speech.
Gosar explains his reasoning in an op-ed, “At this pivotal moment in world history, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is intending to spend the majority of his time on one of the world’s greatest stages focusing on climate change. If the Pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate-change policies, then I will not attend.”
Gosar clearly has a problem with Pope Francis’ use of influence pushing climate change rather than trying to stop the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
“If the pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line. If the pope spoke out with moral authority against violent Islam, I would be there cheering him on. If the pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly,”
Regardless of Gosar’s views, it is a great sign to see some GOP Congressman embracing the science behind climate change and hopefully more will join the Conservative Environment Stewardship.