Drought

Writing in The Hill, David Walter Wolfe says politicians should catch up on climate change and follow the example of many business leaders -- particularly farmers -- who are already taking action  

Business Leaders Will Bring Politicians to the Table on Climate Change

November 2, 2015

Drought

Writing in The Hill, David Walter Wolfe says politicians should catch up on climate change and follow the example of many business leaders -- particularly farmers -- who are already taking action 

Now that the majority of people in both political parties accept that climate change is occurring, Washington's top task is to catch up with the rest of the country — particularly business and farming communities — and engage in a real debate about practical solutions.

In a recent op-ed in the Miami Herald, Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R) said lawmakers need to do a better job of focusing on ways to cut carbon emissions, invest in clean energy and combat climate change. While some politicians are just beginning to speak out, community and business leaders of all political persuasions have had little choice but to tackle the very real costs of more frequent and intense weather extremes. It is clear that economic development, capital investments and resource planning today must take into account the best information we have on changing weather patterns and the risks they pose. We may have not reached the point where everyone is comfortable with the phrase "climate change," but there are many examples showing that the American can-do spirit has come alive as people roll up their sleeves to confront this challenge . . . Read more