Today Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) introduces the Stemming Warming and Augmenting Pay (SWAP) Act. We are grateful for Congressman Rooney’s strong leadership on climate change, one of the greatest threats to our nation. This bill will provide a strong foundation upon which to build our country’s response to the climate threat. It does a solid job of reducing climate pollution via a carbon tax, exceeding the US goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement. However, we now know that even more will be required to keep warming from causing too much destruction; nevertheless, this bill provides a good start.
Many pro-life Christians in Congressman Rooney’s state of Florida will be pleased with his leadership, as over 100,000 have taken action in support of climate and clean energy efforts during the past several years.
Congressman Rooney is also the lead Republican cosponsor of another carbon tax bill, the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763, which is even more aggressive in its projected emission reductions. We are very pleased to see such bipartisanship from Rep. Rooney and the lead Democrat, fellow Floridian Ted Deutch (D-FL-22), as we believe climate policies are strongest when leaders from both parties see the wisdom of joining together to defend our nation against one of the greatest threats we face.
It’s fair to say that historically House Republicans have been slow to accept the need for climate action. Congressman Rooney has not only caught up, he is helping to lead the pack with his carbon tax proposals. We stand ready to support Congressman Rooney’s climate leadership!