Letter to the Editor: Climate discussion missing from Rogers’ town hall meeting

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Editor:
As expected, questions raised at Congressman Mike Rogers’ Town Hall meeting, Aug. 10, were mostly about health care, immigration, and President Trump. I did not hear any about the environment – or specifically, climate change or risks.
Had I been recognized, I would have said the following, which was mailed to Congressman Rogers after the meeting:
“Thank you for this opportunity to meet with you and many of your constituents.
“As you probably know, the Climate Solutions Caucus of the House of Representatives, which was founded in early 2016, now has a membership of 26 Republicans and 26 Democrats. What could be considered their mission statement includes: ‘The Caucus will serve as an organization to educate members on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety.’ Certainly, this is a positive bipartisan step that should please all of us.
“Given the potential of this Caucus to make significant progress in addressing climate risks, I ask that you encourage a Democratic colleague to join the Caucus with you, and both of you do it. After joining, please let me know.”
Considering our climate risks and the potential positive results from the Climate Solutions Caucus, we should all urge Congressman Rogers to join this Caucus, with a required Democrat, because a bipartisan effort is probably the only way to get to a workable solution concerning climate risks.
David Newton
Auburn

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