A Florida Republican calls for action to address rising sea levels as a result of global warming Flooding in South Beach. Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo says it?s ?vital? that lawmakers begin working on legislation to address climate change, which he says could damage both the economy and environment of his district in South Florida. His views diverge sharply from those of other Republican lawmakers, including the state?s two presidential aspirants in former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio.