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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:46 AM

"GOP In Disarray" On Climate Policy; But Not To Worry - Plenty Of Lip Service And Lies To Go Around


Even Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), another Trump ally on Capitol Hill, has gotten into the action. "One of the biggest concerns out there in terms of sustainable energy solutions is not the collection it's how do you store it," he said. "And so if we're really going to be serious about it, we need to be providing research for the storage of that energy more so than the collection of it."

Rhetoric from both parties is impeding progress, Meadows argued. "There are a number of us willing to look at [climate change] in a very pragmatic way, and yet when you use hyperbole on both sides it does not help," he said.

To be sure, it's impossible to ignore an entrenched bloc of congressional Republicans who continue to dispute the extent of humanity's role in warming the planet. Their numbers include Rep. Gary Palmer of Alabama, one of the Republican members of the House's new climate change select committee. After a recent meeting of the panel, Palmer argued that the "science is not settled" on climate change (Climatewire, April 5). At a different hearing this month, Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) tried to make the point that variations in climate aren't limited to Earth, and so lawmakers should be skeptical of humanity's part in global warming. "I don't believe mankind is responsible for climate change on Mars," he said.

Meanwhile, Republican leaders in Congress have done little to advance a climate agenda other than to criticize the Green New Deal as a socialist experiment. This is partially because very little is expected of Washington nowadays with Democrats in charge of the House and Republicans in control of the Senate and White House. But even then, the offerings are meager. And proposals such as a tax on carbon emissions which Flint's group espouses have a long way to go to win support. Last July, a resolution declaring carbon taxes to be "detrimental" to the U.S. economy passed the Republican-controlled House with just six GOP lawmakers in opposition.



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