The identical week in Miami, a gaggle of younger Republicans carrying indicators that learn “This Is What an Environmentalist Appears to be like Like,” held what was billed as the primary rally for “conservative” local weather motion.
On Capitol Hill, Kevin McCarthy, the Home Republican chief, plans to begin a Republican activity pressure on local weather change, his employees confirmed. Mr. McCarthy declined a request for an interview.
And on Wednesday Mr. Curtis plans to announce the formation of the Conservative Local weather Caucus, aimed toward educating his occasion about international warming and creating insurance policies to counter what the caucus phrases “radical progressive local weather proposals.” To this point 38 Republican Home members have joined, his employees stated.
“It’s my hope that any Republican that belongs to this caucus, if requested about local weather in a town-hall assembly, will really feel very snug speaking about it,” Mr. Curtis stated, including, “I concern that too typically Republicans have merely stated what they don’t like with out including on ‘however right here’s our concepts.’”
These concepts embrace restricted authorities, free-market insurance policies to curb greenhouse gasoline emissions, as formulated by new conservative suppose tanks. One is C3 Options, which is co-led by a former aide to the late Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, who referred to as international warming “crap.” The group additionally just lately attracted an vitality coverage knowledgeable from the Heritage Basis, a conservative group that till just lately promoted vociferous critics of local weather change.
A bundle of payments Mr. McCarthy launched on Earth Day championed carbon seize, a nascent and costly know-how that catches carbon emissions generated by energy vegetation or factories and shops them earlier than they escape into the ambiance. It additionally promoted tree planting and growth of nuclear vitality, a carbon-free energy supply that many Republicans desire over wind or photo voltaic vitality.
These insurance policies would do little to cut back the fossil gasoline emissions which can be driving up common international temperatures and inflicting extra excessive warmth, drought and wildfires; extra intense storms; and fast extinction of plant and wildlife species. Republicans haven’t supplied any particular targets for reducing emissions.