It is time for all of us, Republicans, Democrats and independents, to sit down together and engage in a productive dialogue over many issues, including climate change. We are all Americans, and we all share many of the same ideals, including fairness, making the world a better place, loyalty, passing on a better world to our children, providing for our families, respect and love of neighbor.
With all our common values, there are no problems that we cannot resolve, but first we each need to listen to the other person. This means truly listening to their very real fears and concerns and not just trying to prove our point of view. This is indeed difficult, because it means recognizing that our opinion is not necessarily the only opinion. If we can do this, then we are much closer to resolving the very real problems of our times.
One such group doing this is the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which now has 31 Republicans and 31 Democrats on it. It is truly a breath of fresh air. Imagine, a group of Republicans and Democrats sitting down together and trying to work out solutions to climate change, one of the defining problems of our times!
I, for one, wish them the best and am keeping them in my prayers. May this next year bring true solutions to this most difficult problem and a greater spirit of true cooperation among the leaders of our nation.