Republicans Climate Action has No Action. And Doesn’t Mention “Climate”. Other than That, Good.

June 9, 2022

Republicans still floundering on climate policy, again this week. It was the topic of a Yale Climate Connections vid from a few months ago.

Dana Milbank in Washington Post:

It might feel as if The End Is Near. But fear not: House Republicans are swinging into action.

After a quarter century of Republican climate denialism, The Post’s Maxine Joselow and Jeff Stein revealed this exciting news last week: “House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plans to unveil a strategy Thursday outlining how Republicans would address climate change, energy and environmental issues.”

But there were just a couple of small problems with the resulting two-pager put out by the House GOP “Energy, Climate, & Conservation Task Force.” The strategy didn’t, er, actually mention the word “climate.” Neither did it make any commitment to decreasing greenhouse-gasemissions. The only indirect acknowledgment that climate change is even a thing was a call to mine more rare minerals of the sort used in batteries. And the strategy included a gusher of proposals to boost oil and gas production.

The Sierra Club’s legislative director, Melinda Pierce, called the plan “McCarthy’s latest attempt to greenhouse gaslight the American public.”

In fairness, the man in charge of the Republican task force, Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), says the group plans to outline a fuller climate-change strategy later this year. In an interview, he told me that “global emissions as a result of our strategy would go down more than they would under Biden,” who has set a target for cutting U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions in half by 2030. No climate denier, Graves also said he wants to “try and change the trajectory and try to hit that 1.5 C target” — the Paris agreement’s goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

2 Responses to “Republicans Climate Action has No Action. And Doesn’t Mention “Climate”. Other than That, Good.”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Every breath wasted decrying “doomerism” in lieu of going after the ongoing efforts to undermine a climate change response makes me more and more doom-filled.

  2. Ron Benenati Says:

    wonderful. after so many years. Nothing.
    Encouraging.


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