Target: Rep. Michael Grimm (R- N.Y.)
Goal: Thank Congressman for reversing position on climate change
There may be precious little that progressives and United States Representative Michael Grimm (R – N.Y.) can agree on. However, climate change can now be added to that list. In a total reversal of positions, the congressman now concedes that not only is climate change real, it is human-made, and we must work together to halt its progress. Just four years ago, Representative Grimm, a tea-party Republican did not even believe climate change existed. He famously responded to a reporters question on global warming, “the jury is obviously still out.” However, this week in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, he seems to have changed his mind. While this change of policy position could be chalked up to politics as usual, as Grimm faces a tough election in the next election cycle, it is always good when politicians are able to see reason when it comes to environmental issues.
Mr. Grimm is a second term Congressman from New York’s eleventh district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Long Island. Although the congressman is now embroiled in controversy, resulting from his recent indictment, his revision of his environmental policy position is admirable. Clearly Congressman Grimm is neither a progressive nor a friend to progressive causes. This makes his admission of ignorance in regards to his former positions on climate change all the more commendable.
In a debate just four years ago, Mr. Grimm said, “I have been one of the guys who have been skeptical of global warming from the beginning. The jury is obviously still out on it. We see nothing but conflicting reports from across the globe. I’m not sure, I’m not a scientist.” In his recent MSNBC interview, however, he flatly rejects those statements. He says, “But the mass majority of respected scientists say that it’s conclusive, the evidence is clear. So I don’t think the jury is out. Sure, I mean there’s no question that, um, you know, the oceans have risen, right? And the climate change part is, is a real part of it.” Congratulate Congressman Grimm today on his evolving views and humility.
Dear Rep Michael Grimm,
Climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing our nation and our world. As ocean levels rise, we will undoubtedly see quality of life change over the next several decades. Only human-made solutions can correct the human-made damage we have inflicted on the environment.
I am writing today to thank you for amending your position on climate change. While I may not agree with you on a host of other issues, I commend your respect for the scientific community. Thank you for acknowledging climate change. I urge you to keep up the good work.
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