“Not Totally Untrue” – Republicans Edge Away from Denial, With No Sense of Shame

January 26, 2020

Astounding that as the evidence of climate change literally washes up around their ankles, Republicans are looking for ways to pretend they’ve been right all along, and slander as “alarmists” those who have been communicating the unvarnished science of global change for decades.

Now there is a movement to push forward “conservative” solutions, meaning, no solution.

Houston Chronicle:

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Wednesday that conservatives can’t afford to ignore the topic of climate change.

“We can make fun of the left’s sort of alarmist views on climate change — and we should, to an extent — but we can’t ignore it completely,” Crenshaw said during a keynote Q-and-A at the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation’s 2020 policy conference. “From a political standpoint, we cannot ignore it completely.”

The 35-year-old congressman, who has proven to be a leader within the party for rallying young conservatives, said most of the left’s alarmism on climate change is unwarranted, but not all of it.

“It’s not totally untrue. Their alarmism is often, almost always, completely untrue and not founded in facts or data. When they’re blaming storms and things on climate change, it’s usually nonsense,” Crenshaw said. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t some effect on the climate from man-made emissions, and we can admit that.”

Noting that the environment is a top priority for members of both sides of the aisle, and especially independents, a key target for Republicans, Crenshaw said that even if Americans disagree on the cause of climate change, there is common ground. Everyone has an interest in cleaner air and water and “generally lowering emissions,” he said.

“Even if we don’t know what it’s doing to the environment, let’s at least err on the side of caution,” Crenshaw said. “But it doesn’t mean erring on the side of destroying the economy, which is what the left would have. So two things: grant some of the premise — not all of the premise — that they’re operating on, some of it, and expose them for what they’re really trying to do, which is a complete socialist takeover of the economy.”

Crenshaw’s comments Wednesday starkly contrasted with those of President Donald Trump — who just Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, dismissed those who warn about climate change as “prophets of doom” — and other Republican leaders who deny climate change.

He made the remarks while explaining why he supports Republicans’ climate plan, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and still being drafted, one that could eventually rival the Green New Deal legislation supported by some Democrats, including presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. McCarthy told Axios this week that the plan will focus on capturing carbon dioxide emissions, clean-energy innovation and funding, and conservation. (In true millennial fashion, Crenshaw said he’s pushing McCarthy to come up with a catchy hashtag for it.)

“The American people should know: there’s a 3rd option when it comes to addressing climate change,” Crenshaw tweeted Tuesday after McCarthy’s draft made news. “It’s not the absurd Green New Deal, & it’s not inaction. It’s innovation & it’ll decrease emissions without sacrificing our economy. Example: carbon capture, LNG, hydro & nuclear.”

8 Responses to ““Not Totally Untrue” – Republicans Edge Away from Denial, With No Sense of Shame”

  1. Keith McClary Says:

    This is exactly what Canadian cons are spewing. Note, he includes LNG – this means they think exporting NG to other countries should be counted towards our contribution to the climate effort.

    “(In true millennial fashion, Crenshaw said he’s pushing McCarthy to come up with a catchy hashtag for it.)”

    What’s wrong with #LukeWarmism ?

  2. dumboldguy Says:

    Roll up your trouser legs and head for high ground, folks—-the Repugnant’s BS is getting deeper by the minute!

  3. doldrom Says:

    Ah, the old embrace, assimilate, transform.
    The Judas kiss.

    Seems more of a decoy to foil damage from incoming rounds from science.
    Trying really hard to see this as a positive shift, but I just don’t feel it yet.

  4. Kiwiiano Says:

    There needs to be some agreement as to which process will be most destructive to the economy (let alone the environment). Action or inaction on dealing with the changing climate and its causes.

  5. Des Scahill Says:

    First it was – Pretend it doesn’t exist.

    Now it is – Pretend we are going to do something

    Next it will be – Convince enough voters we are not pretending about doing something, even though we are, so we get voted back in.

  6. Roger Walker Says:

    “From a political standpoint, we cannot ignore it completely.”
    Yeah, that says it all, doesn’t it?

  7. Bryson Brown Says:

    Too little too late doesn’t even come close to this dreck.

  8. mboli Says:

    “… expose them for what they’re really trying to do, which is a complete socialist takeover of the economy.”

    Bob Inglis was the Republican Rep from SC who got serious about climate change.

    From the above quote, it seems I should not expect Dan Crenshaw to become the next Bob Inglis.

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