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Technology Right-Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change

00:20  15 february  2020
00:20  15 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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GOP Edges Gingerly Toward Climate Plan After Sowing Doubts. “House Republicans stand united against carbon taxes and burdensome regulations,” said Graves, top Republican on a special select committee charged with coming up with solutions to climate change .

(Bloomberg) -- House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had barely finished presenting his party’s modest plan to fight climate change when conservatives began piling on in opposition.The free market-group American Energy Alliance dismissed it as a “Republican-led Green New Deal lite” that

(Bloomberg) -- House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had barely finished presenting his party’s modest plan to fight climate change when conservatives began piling on in opposition.

Kevin McCarthy wearing a suit and tie: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, listens during a news conference after a GOP conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S.© Bloomberg House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, listens during a news conference after a GOP conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S.

The free market-group American Energy Alliance dismissed it as a “Republican-led Green New Deal lite” that amounted to a “climate messaging exercise.” The libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute called it “bad policy that will not bring any political relief.”

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Right - Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change . (Bloomberg) -- House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had House Republicans are changing their party's decades-old tune of climate skepticism and announcing part one of a three-part plan on climate change .

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And the Club for Growth vowed to not endorse any candidate who backs what it called the “liberal” Republican climate plan.

“Besides hurting our economy, these measures will not make a single environmentalist vote for a Republican and only alienate conservatives across the country,” said Club for Growth President David McIntosh.

The blowback illustrates the challenges facing those trying to shed the Republican party’s climate-denying reputation, which alienates many young voters and polls well for Democrats. The fierce criticism also illustrates the limits of pragmatism for a party long backed by groups that question climate change.

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to see action before buying into the promises.” To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Brand in Cape Town at rbrand9@bloomberg.net. Right - Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change .

GOP Edges Gingerly Toward Climate Plan After Sowing Doubts

McCarthy unveiled the first of several planned climate initiatives on Wednesday with a package focused on carbon sequestration. It called for the expansion and permanent extension of a tax credit for oil companies and others that capture carbon dioxide and bury it in the ground; money for the development of carbon capture for natural-gas power plants; and support for a plan to plant 1 trillion trees around the world.

“Fighting for a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment” has been well-received during member meetings, including the party’s full-member retreat in 2019 and a policy conference earlier this year, said Matt Sparks, a McCarthy spokesman.

Among the members who participated in the unveiling of the climate plan on Wednesday was Representative David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican steeped in coal-country politics.

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“The participation of members across the ideological spectrum and representing every region of the country -- including coal country -- at today’s event represent just how widespread the support is for House Republicans to reclaim the leadership position on the environment,” Sparks said in an email.

Republicans Plot Climate Strategy To Counter Democrats

During Wednesday’s hour-long briefing, McCarthy and other Republican leaders, including Oregon Representative Greg Walden and Representative Garret Graves of Louisiana, made the case that their plan could protect the environment, as well the economy, without mandates embraced by Democrats.

Future components are likely to focus on climate resilience, plastic pollution, and increasing energy from carbon-free sources such as nuclear and hydropower.

“House Republicans stand united against carbon taxes and burdensome regulations,” said Graves, top Republican on a special select committee charged with coming up with solutions to climate change. “America leads the world because of free-market principles, innovation, and our abundant energy resources. We should double down on an America First strategy that enhances our global power and influence.”

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Right - Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change . The plan would be to inject carbon emissions into rock formations deep under the North Sea. Haszeldine said that the project “could serve as a carbon dioxide store for many, many decades.”

While the Republican climate proposals were derided by some environmental organizations, they won praise from at least some right-leaning groups.

“Any debate on climate change must be rooted in political and technical realism, as well as economic competitiveness,” said Rich Powell, executive director of ClearPath Action, which promotes energy innovation.

“It’s a good strategy to focus on policies that facilitate breakthroughs relevant for the developing world, instead of divisive policies that would make traditional energy more expensive and only aid deployment of existing technologies,” he said.

(Updates with lawmaker comment in 10th paragraph)

--With assistance from Jennifer A. Dlouhy.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ari Natter in Washington at anatter5@bloomberg.net

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