Republicans long divided over the scale, scope and science of climate change are unifying behind legislation geared toward a constituency they cannot afford to lose: young conservative voters.

Their efforts to reach this key group for the 2020 election are rapidly accelerating.

Within the course of a month, a little-known initiative to plant a trillion trees worldwide has attracted the attention and endorsement of President Donald Trump, who touted the concept at the World Economic Forum in Davos and during the State of the Union address to Congress.

Still, some GOP lawmakers working with McCarthy on the climate bills conceded it was important for the party to go on the offensive.

Wenstrup objected to the GOP being called “climate change deniers” — as he said he has been — just because they have a different proposal for addressing climate change than Democrats. “You do have to make the case,” he said.

Another House Republican working with McCarthy, Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, said the party needed to combat the perception that “the United States is some demon” for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement under Trump’s orders.

'Why Now?'

McCarthy and fellow House Republicans know they have to tread carefully.

Republicans involved in crafting the new environmental platform on Capitol Hill denied they were acting now out of a sense of acute anxiety about their political fortunes in November.

For retiring Republican Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida, who has long urged his party to be more aggressive on this issue, it’s obvious why Republicans are acting now, with a decisive presidential election just months away and a concerted effort to retake control of the House.

“I think it’s evidence they realize the world we live in now, with younger voters, suburban voters, that are at risk under recent elections, that climate is a very important issue to them,” Rooney said. “The polling’s very clear.”

House Republicans are also unlikely to be able to do much in the current Congress to see their bills become law, as Democrats seek more government regulations on climate change than most Republicans are willing to accept.
Politics • by ThomasinaPaine • 39 views •  2 comments • 6 days ago

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After three years of denials, Greta Thunberg gets the last laugh...of disdain.
It's politics, not concern, that drives this sudden 'change of heart'.


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This system glitch or whatever that for unknown reasons automatically deletes or modifies the Title of the post until it makes no sense when you go into edit mode--this one is a prime example--- needs to be fixed, please.

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