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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:31 PM

Lesson From 2018: Republicans Must Deal With Climate Change - WSJ oped

just for kick. In case someone will take him seriously.


By Ryan Costello

As one of many Republican congressmen who just packed up their offices to make way for the Democratic majority, I’ve had time to reflect on what went wrong for the party. There are seismic political shifts under way on issues ranging from climate change to immigration to gun violence. If Republicans don’t adapt by offering meaningful solutions, the midterm losses could be only the beginning.

The disconnect may be widest on climate change, in which the gap between Republican voters and their elected leaders continues to grow. More than 80% of Americans—including nearly two-thirds of GOP voters—believe the government should take action to reduce carbon emissions, according to an online survey released last fall. A May 2018 report from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found that a majority of Republicans believed the U.S. should remain in the Paris Agreement. While climate change may not be a top-tier issue for many older Americans, it certainly is for millennials, who will soon be the nation’s largest voting bloc.


What would a Republican climate solution look like? Former GOP Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz recently introduced a climate plan that rests on four pillars: a robust and rising carbon fee, returning all the money raised directly to citizens on a quarterly basis, phasing out carbon regulations that are no longer needed, and a border carbon adjustment to level the economic playing field.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/lesson-from-2018-republicans-must-deal-with-climate-change-11546908779 (paid subscription)

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question everything Jan 2019 OP
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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 02:35 PM

1. God forbid that their motive be to save the planet.

The motive is merely to keep power.

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