WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo is urging his fellow Republicans to end the debate on climate change.

On Wednesday, LoBiondo, R-2nd, introduced a resolution that calls on lawmakers to accept that climate change is real and that it poses a serious threat to the country. The resolution said lawmakers need to preserve the economy and the environment and “base our policy decisions in science and quantifiable facts on the ground.”

“From the devastation of Superstorm Sandy to being surrounded by rising sea waters on three sides, South Jersey is keenly aware of the precarious environment for which we live,” LoBiondo said in a statement. “While at times at odds with some of my colleagues, I have long worked to protect the natural treasures of our region and nation for future generations. It is far past time we moved beyond the debate from if our climate is changing — it is — to identifying and promoting solutions to mitigate potentially catastrophic effects.”

LoBiondo has had a positive track record with environmental groups. Last year, Environment America, one of the largest environmental lobbying groups in the country, endorsed LoBiondo for re-election over Democrat David Cole.

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said it’s good to see a Republican stand up against climate change.

“Climate change has been a bipartisan issue before,” he said, citing President Richard Nixon’s creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and attempts by President George H.W. Bush to reduce acid rain. “It’s really just been the last seven or eight years when this has become such a hot partisan issue.”

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