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OpinionRepublicans are losing on climate issues. We can change that.

19:40  03 december  2018
19:40  03 december  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Ocasio-Cortez on climate change report: People will die if we don't act now

Ocasio-Cortez on climate change report: People will die if we don't act now Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on the U.S. to act "urgent[ly]" after a report from the federal government found that climate change is expected to have an enormous impact on the country in the near future. In a Twitter post, the New York Democrat reissued her call for a special House caucus on climate change, a demand that some progressive activists have called for in the wake of Democrats' takeover of the House. "People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP," wrote Ocasio-Cortez on Friday following the report's release. "It's not enough to think it's 'important.' We must make it urgent.

Republican orthodoxy on climate change can seem unassailable. Unfortunately for the overall sanity of their party, those Republican politicians are the most likely to lose their jobs if a Democratic wave Yet moderate and younger Republicans are more likely to agree with the established science.

We can change that . By Alex Flint, Opinion Contributor — 12/03/18 08:25 AM EST. The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of In this new landscape, Republicans are left with a choice: we can either continue to allow the Democrats’ monopoly on climate policy to go

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The midterm elections reinforced the growing consensus among pollsters that climate change is increasingly important to America's swing voters; the voters who decide who wins and who loses in close races. Data shows that a majority of millennials, independents, and younger Republicans want their elected leaders to do something to stem environmental damage. And with most Americans now saying climate change impacts their local communities, it's easy to see why.

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Dana Nuccitelli: Only 48% of Americans – and 15% of conservative Republicans – realize that humans are causing global warming.

“Most Republicans still do not regard climate change as a hoax,” said Whit Ayres, a Republican strategist who worked for Senator Marco Rubio’s Since Mr. McCain ran for president on climate credentials that were stronger than his opponent Barack Obama’s, the scientific evidence linking

The numbers and the trend should worry conservatives. It's likely that we will struggle to remain viable in key districts and states if we continue to forfeit climate voters to the left. And now, with the looming Democratic majority in the House signaling their intention to make the issue a priority, it's clear that conservatives won't have the option to avoid the debate.

In this new landscape, Republicans are left with a choice: we can either continue to allow the Democrats' monopoly on climate policy to go unchallenged, ensuring Republicans will be caricatured as environmental obstructionists in future elections, or we can make a play to seize control of the debate by offering our own conservative ideas.

The good news is, the left's climate positions -- which grow more extreme and economically punitive by the day -- should be easy for Republicans to beat, as long as we offer a credible alternative. It may surprise some to hear, but it is in fact possible to have a climate policy that is both environmentally and economically friendly. In fact, a pro-growth, market-based solution already exists, and it's rightly gaining steam in some conservative circles.

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Republicans might not say that humans caused climate change , but they still support policies to mitigate it. “Pockets of Republicans , or even a plurality or majority, support some pro- climate issues ,” said Matto Mildenberger, a professor of political science at the University of California Santa

Nor can the Republican Party be blamed. Today, only 42 percent of Republicans know that “most scientists MacDonald explained that he first studied the carbon-dioxide issue when he was about One study found that climate change has made cataclysmic rain events like Harvey three times as

It's called the revenue-neutral carbon tax -- and it is now Republicans' best hope to be responsible stewards of our environment and our economy.

Currently, American companies have no economic incentive to reduce harmful CO2 emissions. A revenue-neutral tax on carbon pollution would change that by creating a market for low carbon and energy efficient technologies. Economists have long identified the revenue-neutral carbon tax as a cost-effective alternative to the left's regulatory pressures. Consider the work of recent Nobel Prize-winning economist William Nordhaus, who established that a carbon tax would be the cheapest and most efficient way to address the world's climate concerns.

Politically, this policy is desirable for conservatives for a number of reasons. For one, it's revenue-neutral, meaning that with the money government receives taxing carbon pollution, it could cut other, more harmful taxes an equal amount. Second, it would negate the need for and enable the repeal of a host of carbon regulations that currently inhibit economic growth.

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It is widely believed that most Republicans are skeptical about human-caused climate change . But is this belief correct? In 2014 and 2016, we conducted two national surveys of more than 2,000 respondents on the issue of climate change .

Murkowski has said that climate change is real, but she also plays the other side, boosting oil and gas interests in her home state and challenging the EPA’s Those are the issues we need to be focusing on.” Senator Roy Blunt, Republican of Missouri. Recently re-elected as vice-chairman of the Senate

Further, the carbon tax would give serious policy heft to Republicans' steadily increasing willingness to acknowledge the changing climate-an encouraging sign in its own right. The GOP membership of the Climate Solutions Caucus on Capitol Hill has been growing in recent years. Despite some members losing reelection, members haven't performed any worse politically than the rest of their colleagues, lending further evidence to the notion that the tide is turning in the party on this issue. To sustain this progress, it's important for Republicans to have substantive policy proposals to match the changing politics of climate.

Finally, this policy would make for a powerful chess move against the new Democratic House majority. Democrats say they want progress on climate change, so why not test them while independent voters are watching? If Democrats turn down a solution as reasonable as the revenue-neutral carbon tax, then Republicans can seize the climate high ground in the next election. Alternatively, if they agree, conservatives will have a valuable achievement with which to silence criticisms going forward.

With control of the Senate, it's true that Republicans will still have the power-for now-to stonewall Democrats on climate issues. But the long-term trends, both of the climate and politics makes getting ahead of this issue the smart play.

Put simply, the revenue-neutral carbon tax is a victory waiting to happen for conservatives. We should move quickly to claim it.

Alex Flint is executive director of Alliance for Market Solutions.


Leaders gather for key UN climate talks in Poland.
Leaders from around the world are arriving for the ceremonial opening of the climate conference in southern Poland that will discuss ways of curbing climate change. The two-week conference in Katowice is expected to work out how governments can report on their efforts to reduce green gas emission and keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), as agreed in 2015 in Paris. Host Poland will propose a declaration Monday for a "just transition" away from coal mining, the supplier of its main source of energy, to take into consideration the situation of people employed in the sector.

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