Exciting news! Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) has announced that his stance on climate change has changed. Previously a self-described climate change skeptic, the Congressman announced he’s reversed his position after examining the mounting evidence. Here’s a bit of Rep. Grimm’s interview from the documentary Years of Living Dangerously:
Rep. Grimm represents Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. (I was just there.) One of the first actions my group took after I joined Citizens Climate Lobby last June was to write Rep. Grimm a letter, asking him to consider a market-based solution to mitigate climate change. Hopefully they contributed to his change of heart. Personally I’m going to believe that my letter was what ultimately convinced him to switch, though recognition of the limitations of my influence coupled with the illegibility of my penmanship make that fairly unlikely.
Rep. Grimm attributes his change to former Representative Bob Inglis (R-SC), who coincidentally I just had a change to hear speak this morning at a conference at the New School, “Climate Change Demands We Change. Why Aren’t We?”