A New York House Republican is asking other party members to acknowledge the role that human activity plays in climate change.
The effort by Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook comes ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Washington next week, when the pontiff is expected to include a warning about climate change in his address to Congress.
Ten other House Republicans — including fellow New York Reps. Richard Hanna and Elise Stefanik — have signed onto Gibson’s climate change resolution.
Gibson said Tuesday he’s been working on getting at least 10 Republicans to sign on since the beginning of the year, and he didn’t time the effort to coincide with the pope’s appearance.
“We want future generations to get to enjoy this earth,’’ he said. “This is not necessarily new news for me but it is important for our party that we will have a resolution where we recognize how important it is to protect the environment.’’
The nonpartisan National Journal ranked Gibson among the most liberal Republicans in the House last year, so his involvement in the issue isn’t surprising. The Environmental Defense Fund ran a TV ad backing Gibson over Democratic challenger Sean Eldridge in last year’s election in the 19th Congressional District, which covers the mid-Hudson Valley and parts of the Catskill Mountains.
The resolution was first reported by ClimateWire.
Its text will be released Thursday along with a list of Republican cosponsors.
“I don’t think we will have trouble getting Democrats to sign on,’’ Gibson said.


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