Twelve members of Organizing for Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan group
met with U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent Thursday afternoon in his South
Whitehall office to ask for congressional action on climate change.
here to attempt to get Charlie Dent to be a champion against climate
change, which we feel is the greatest threat currently facing humanity,"
said Organizing for Action member Gene Hunter of Bethlehem. "The Earth
is changing so rapidly, it is in dire danger of drought, flood, tsunami,
famine and pestilence."
spokesman Gloria McVeigh of Lower Saucon said the three answers the
group wanted from Dent were: did he accept climate change as a fact;
does human activity have a larger role to play in it and what action
will he take?
The hour-long discussion apparently did not bear much fruit for the group.
"In a word, no," Hunter said, when asked if he heard what he wanted from Dent.
the meeting, Dent told Patch that the group is pushing for a carbon
tax, something that he said he isn't prepared to support.
a frank and candid discussion," Dent said. "I am not going to deal with
environmental and energy policy by isolating the broader economy. You
can't de-couple the two."
Dent said a carbon tax of any kind with hurt the economy and job creation.
believe the Earth is warming," Dent said. "There are certain renewables
in the marketplace other than wind and solar. We're using natural gas
to a much greater extent now and are lowering our carbon emissions to
better levels than 1996."
Ed DelViscio of Salisbury Township said he is a concerned citizen who attended the meeting.
concerned about his stand," he said. "With respect to the Congressman, I
think he's making false comparisons to the environment and the
The group presented Dent with 330 signature cards from constituents urging action on climate change.
The group supports President Obama's agenda on issues such as gun
violence, the environment and immigration reform, according to its