Welcome back to the week. Let’s make this a good one, okay? One of the first things we read upon returning from the weekend was Former Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who was published in the Miami Herald with her op-ed, Republicans can be on the front lines of finding free-market solutions to climate change.

“Luckily, Republicans in and out of Congress have spoken out and acted on the issue of climate change in recent years. In my final years in office, I voted in favor of policies that strengthened anti-pollution measures, such as the establishment of methane pollution safeguards, and sought to work with leaders from both sides of the political aisle to deliver tangible solutions for Americans,” she writes. “It’s not a secret that although we see effects of climate change and there is ample local action, national policy-making has been plagued by hyper-partisanship and extreme rhetoric. We have more than 12 years before catastrophe despite alarmists’ assertions, but that isn’t an excuse for inaction. Republicans would be wise to capitalize on this opportunity to promote common-sense policy. We must stay true to our free-market principles and actively pursue solutions that will reduce our carbon emissions like clean energy, carbon-negative technologies and a whole slate of natural solutions.”

In her piece, she praised the recently launched American Conservation Coalition climate contract. Check it out!