Congressman Engel calls on GOP to "get serious" on climate change

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Eliot Engel, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, says that Republican indifference on environmental issues is to blame for Congressional inaction on climate change.

President Obama unveiled the National Climate Assessment this morning, a federal report that outlined the immediate impact of climate change and the growing need to address it.

“House Republicans need to get serious about climate change. This isn’t an issue that’s only going to affect or kids or grandkids in the very distant future. The demands we are putting on our limited resources has reached the tipping point. A majority of scientists agree we are already experiencing some of the more serious impacts of climate change, which will only get worse without action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, among other things.”

“Superstorm Sandy decimated parts of my Congressional district. My fear is that Sandy will soon become the new normal, rather than an exceptional act of nature. This is a problem that we can no longer ignore. I have said time and again, that I am ready to work with my Republican colleagues, but they never show up.  They refuse to acknowledge there’s even a problem.”

Congressman Engel has worked hard to block Republican initiatives that would weaken the Environmental Protection Agency and prevent efforts to address climate change. He received a 93 percent score for his commitment to environmental issues from the League of Conservation Voters on their 2014 National Environmental Scorecard.