Nick Fetty | September 23, 2015
During his visit to the United States this week Pope Francis is expected to address congress about climate change but it seems that his message may have already gotten through to some republicans in the House of Representatives.
Last week 11 representatives signed a resolution acknowledging humans’ role in climate change in an effort led by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.). The move is seen as bold as others in the Republican party have taken a hard stance against research suggesting climate change has been caused by humans.
“If conservation isn’t conservative, then words have no meaning at all,” Gibson told the Albany Times Union. “Part of being conservative is judicious conservation of resources, both man-made and natural.”
Other signers of the resolution include: Representatives Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), David Reichert (Wash.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Richard Hanna (N.Y.), Patrick Meehan (Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (Pa.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), Ryan Costello (Pa.), Elise Stefanik (N.Y.), and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.).
“Most of the sponsors of the resolution come from swing districts and many are vulnerable to reelection challenges next year,” The Hill writes.
Pope Francis arrived in United States on Tuesday and was greeted by President Obama and his family. Francis is expected to address congress on Thursday morning before flying back to Rome on Sunday. Fifty University of Iowa students are among hundreds of other Iowans flocking to Philadelphia to partake in the events which culminate with a Mass service Sunday afternoon.