The Feb. 23 article “Seas now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say” is one more example of why we as a country must act on climate change. While the gridlock in our political system may make significant change seem impossible, legislators in Florida, where streets are already flooding at high tide due to sea level rise, have chosen to reach across the aisle to create a task force on climate change. The purpose of the new Climate Solutions Caucus, which will be co-chaired by Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo and Democrat Rep. Ted Deutch is to “explore policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate,” and to seek “economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy,” according to a document filed with the Committee on House Administration.

I am grateful that Curbelo and Deutch have chosen to move beyond partisanship and pay attention to policies that can address climate change while maintaining a robust economy. I hope our state and federal legislators will join them in working together to address sea level rise, warming oceans and the many other effects of climate change in Maine and around the globe.

Caroline Karnes


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