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Even Republicans Are Fighting Back Against Trump's Climate Change Denialism

Seventeen House Republicans signed a resolution aimed at finding an "economically viable"​ way to combat global warming.
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While Trump might think that climate change is a hoax concocted by the Chinese, and his new EPA head might think fossil fuel emissions aren't that bad, not all Republicans in Congress agree with their conclusions. On Wednesday, 17 House Republicans rebuffed Trump by signing a resolution that aims to find an "economically viable" way to combat global warming, Reuters reports.

In the resolution, referred to as the "Republican Climate Resolution," the congressmen argued protecting the health of our planet is a "conservative principle" and pledged to "study and address the causes and effects of measured changes to our global and regional climates." It was introduced by Elise Stefanik of New York, Carlos Curbelo of Florida, and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania, and signed by 14 of their colleagues, according to a press release.

"This is an issue where there really is consensus within the scientific community," South Carolina representative Mark Sanford, one of the document's signees, told the Atlantic. "There's a larger debate on what to do about it, and that's a much more complex debate. But it's like with Alcoholics Anonymous, if you don't even recognize the fact that you have a problem, you're never going to address the problem."

Those 17 Republicans can't get a bill through the House alone, so the resolution pretty much amounts to a symbolic gesture—but it's still a step toward trying to tackle climate change as a bipartisan issue that should be addressed with more than just a Captain Planet movie.

"This issue was regrettably politicized some 20 or so years ago, and we are in the process of taking some of the politics out, reducing the noise, and focusing on the challenge and on the potential solutions," Curbelo said Tuesday.