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Climate change a bipartisan issue, senators say

WASHINGTON -- The first senate bipartisan climate caucus is rapidly growing and showing that climate is not a one-sided issue.

U.S. Sens. Mike Braun, R-Ind. and Chris Coons, D-Del., formed the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus in October, in order to find a bipartisan solution for the climate change threat.

“I recognize and respect that Sen. Braun comes from a conservative state, a coal producing state and that means that we have to listen to each other about what sorts of investments and innovation are going to make possible a globally competitive economy here in the United States,” Coons said.

Coons said  the caucus will look into all forms of renewable energy, including the next generation nuclear, which is a zero-carbon energy source.

Last Thursday, Dan Bruillette attended the Senate confirmation hearing to become the new Secretary of Energy. Braun said he’s thrilled about the nomination, saying he has no doubt that Brouillette would make an excellent Secretary of Energy.

He said the Senate will work with the Department of Energy on creating more sustainable climate solutions.  

“Republicans are generally foot-draggers when it comes to any new issue. We get outmaneuvered by the other side with solutions that don’t make sense,” said Braun.“I want to be in on the conversation.”

Both Braun and Coons agreed that there is no reason why a comprehensive climate change bill couldn’t be signed into law, under Trump administration.

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