Climate change: what is the position of the Republicans on climate issues? | Opinion
Earlier this month, leading Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives began to to unveil a vision for climate action. It’s amazing; Just a few years ago, mainstream Republican leaders pushing for climate action would have been unimaginable.
Despite this, the announcement largely fell on deaf ears. Other than the Deseret News, few outlets covered it – and the few that did offered “not good enough” supporters. reviews.
Although many political details have yet to be released, this announcement should be hailed as historic progress. Not just the initiative — led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, and Rep. Garret Graves, R-La. — recognizes the human impact on climate change and a desire to find quick fixes, but focuses on areas of policy that are directly actionable now, in an era of high energy prices and tiresome political polarization.
There’s a lot of hope, especially since the six-pillar plan focuses heavily on areas of bipartisan agreement: innovation, conservation, resilience, unlocking U.S. resources, competing with China and Russia, and creating solutions in America. Last week’s announcement focused only on the “unlocking US resources” pillar – and the task force will expand on additional pillars in the coming months.
More importantly, by releasing a climate plan, House Republicans signaled to the American people that climate would be a priority if they regain the House in the November election. This marks a significant shift in history – where climate action will now happen regardless of which political party holds power. This fact should not be ignored by the media, nor the younger generations.
While two-thirds of Americans to believe that the government should be doing more on climate change, according to the Pew Research Center, there is still a partisan divide on the issue, which has led to the misconception that all Republicans are climate change deniers.
While Democrats are three times more likely than Republicans to say climate change should be one of the nation’s top priorities, polls To display that a majority of Republicans want to see the government take action on climate change, and young Republicans – especially those aged 18 and 39 — are particularly concerned about climate change and solutions.
As one of those young conservatives seeking climate action, I’ll be the first to admit that the next few months are crucial for the Republican initiative. For young voters, the ambition of the full set of policy ideas — as well as their prioritization on the GOP’s post-midterm agenda — matters hugely.
Yet no matter how big this pendulum-changing plan, the reaction so far from Democrats and the media in general has been disappointing.
For years, Republicans have been lambasted by the press and Democrats for not being engaged on climate issues. Being ignored when presenting a plan is hardly a motivation to do more.
The fact is, we need bipartisan support for climate solutions. Majority of Americans are pro-US Go carbon neutral by 2050; this and other points of agreement should guide our national conversation.
That doesn’t mean Republicans and Democrats will agree on all the solutions. But when Democrats immediately assume bad faith and ignore Republicans as they take such an important step toward climate action, silence sets us back — just when we could be taking steps forward.
Benji Backer is the president and founder of the American Conservation Coalition.