U.S. Bishops Welcome Bipartisan Bill that Seeks Climate Solutions

September 22, 2017 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—Bishop Frank J. Dewane and Bishop Oscar Cantú voiced their support for theClimate Solutions Commission Act of 2017, a bill that would establish abipartisan National Climate Solutions Commission.

"Thisbill has the potential to inspire positive and concrete solutions towardsprotecting our common home," said Bishops Dewane and Cantú. They urgedlegislators to support H.R. 2326, a bill introduced by Rep. John Delaney (D-MD)who is a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.

BishopDewane is the Bishop of Venice, Florida and chairman of the Committee onDomestic Justice and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of CatholicBishops (USCCB). Bishop Cantú is the Bishop of Las Cruces, and chairman of theCommittee on International Justice and Peace of the USCCB.

Thechairmen, in a joint letter of support to each of the sponsors, noted that thiswould be "an important bipartisan step for protecting the environment andmitigating the harmful effects of climate change." There is a need, said thebishops, for "courageous actions and strategies aimed at promoting an integralecology that considers together the protection of nature, the need forequitable economic development and the promotion of human dignity, especiallythat of the poor."

The full letter can be found at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/letter-to-congress-on-climate-solutions-commission-act-2017-09-15.cfm.

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