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Climate Change David Dreier Lists Climate Change as National Problem

Published on January 4th, 2013 | by Joshua S Hill

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House Republican Marks Climate Change As Top Priority In Farewell Speech

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January 4th, 2013 by
 
 
David Dreier Lists Climate Change as National ProblemSometimes the truth really does reach the surface, no matter your political allegiance, leanings, or levels of brain-washing.

In his farewell address on Tuesday, an outgoing Republican from California, David Dreier, listed climate change as a top problem facing the US.

Thank goodness for Republicans with common sense. I knew they existed!

Dreier told the House floor that climate change “is a fact of life” and something that must be confronted. In fact, he went so far as to say that climate change should be an issue the Republican party counts alongside the economy and gun control.

“Now, Mr. Speaker, we know it’s far from perfect, but I hope that this bipartisan agreement can lay the foundation for continued work to address the tremendous challenges that we face as a Nation. Millions of Americans are out of work. The national debt as a percentage of gross domestic product is too high. Upheaval exists in nearly every region across the globe. Education and immigration reform must happen. The potential for a crippling cyberattack continues to be a threat. Climate change is a fact of life. And most recently, Mr. Speaker, our families are reeling from the tragedy of Newtown.”

While not necessarily “breaking ranks” from his party, this is a moment of refreshing frankness from a Republican, with regards to climate change. One can now hope that it spurs the consciences of his fellow party members.

The full address can be viewed below thanks to CSPAN.

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  • Ross Chandler

    Now can you find a new GOP House member that isn’t in denial?

  • globi

    The US needs to promote renewable energies and efficiency measures simply to boost the economy, job market and to reduce its trade deficit.
    If those measures also happen to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so be it.
    Btw, Germany is export world champion: http://www.focus.de/finanzen/news/konjunktur/deutschlands-aussenhandelsueberschuss-bundesrepublik-ueberholt-exportweltmeister-china_aid_798784.html

    • Ross Chandler

      Saving the world is a side benefit we don’t like to mention. :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Brockman/1517622596 Doug Brockman

    The green weenies are like the parasites that eventually kill off the caribou in the tundra. Get enough of them sucking off federal money and they predictably kill off the economy.

    • Bob_Wallace

      A mind lost to Fox is a terrible thing to behold….

  • mememine

    So now neocons are endorsing climate blame belief? Really?

    *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of
    demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets ruled by
    corporations and trustworthy politicians

    *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change
    denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists
    warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit).

    *Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of
    the Unions addresses.

    *In all of the debates Obama hadn’t planned to mention
    climate change once.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      1- the lack of logic or a point in your first question doesn’t seem to warrant a response.

      2- OWS? i love the movement, but it’s hardly worth mentioning here. furthermore, regarding AGW, the simple fact is that there are too many conspiracy theorists running the OWS show (sorry, this is not actually a movement of the 99% at this point) to be able to make an ‘official’ statement on global warming.

      3- Sorry, we don’t follow Canadian politics very closely on CT.

      4 & 5- I’m sorry, but these statements really don’t serve much purpose at all. For a variety of reasons, Obama didn’t focus on it in those cases. But he has focused on the matter via his policies, and he has made many statements regarding global warming and climate change. What you’re doing here is called cherry picking. Enjoy the cherries.

  • Nealicus

    The real question is how much did he talk about it during his tenure.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com/ Zachary Shahan

      hmm, not a bad point. but better late than never… unless ‘late’ is too late.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.t.peffly Matthew Todd Peffly

      How did he vote? It is easy to tell the truth on the way how the door.

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