Reason to celebrate

There is reason to celebrate something going on in Washington right now. Momentum is building in Congress that is driving climate change from a partisan to a nonpartisan issue.

Despite our president's move to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord and his administration's assault on other environmental protections, some Republicans and Democrats are working together and working hard to find ways to transition from a dirty energy to a clean energy economy. For this bipartisan approach we can thank Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., for the formation of the Climate Solutions Caucus in the House.

It currently consists of 25 Republicans and 25 Democrats. Any member that wants to join must bring with them a colleague from across the aisle. Hopefully the Senate will soon form a similar group to enhance this bipartisan effort.

Please ask Congressman Walden to join the Climate Solutions Caucus and also thank him for his recent "nay" vote on the Perry Amendment to a Defense Department Authorization bill. He and 45 other Republicans helped to block this amendment that would have prevented the study of impacts that climate change is having on our national security.

Sherrill Rinehart

Ashland