More than 60 Republican members of Congress recently launched the Conservative Climate Caucus to provide leadership in America’s fight against climate change. All Americans who care about our country and our planet should welcome this development.
In the weeks following its formation, the Caucus has attracted significant local and national coverage from print, broadcast, and electronic media across the political spectrum. Heather Reams, CRES executive director, also joined Rep. Curtis to write an op-ed published in USA Today. Most recently, the popular Fox News show The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton began an episode with a monologue on climate change and extolled the formation of the new Caucus in an interview with Representative Nancy Mace (R-SC).
“It seems to me that the Democrats have just run away with this, they’ve defined the issue. And the Republicans have been slow to push back, but it seems to me that’s changing now,” explained host Steve Hilton.
“The political opportunity is huge,” he added in the next segment.
The announcement was also covered by several national newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, and The USA Today, as well as multiple television networks like NBC News. Conservative outlets like The Washington Examiner and The Washington Times also covered the story.
Elsewhere, Republican Members of Congress have been earning recognition from their hometown media outlets for joining the Caucus, including U.S. Representatives Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Jim Baird (R-IN), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Michael Burgess (R-TX), Michael Cloud (R-TX), Pat Fallon (R-TX), Fred Keller (R-PA), Michael McCaul (R-TX), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), August Pfluger (R-TX), Michelle Steele (R-CA), Glenn Thompson (R-PA), Randy Weber (R-TX) and Bruce Westerman (R-AR). Congressman Curtis earned multiple mentions in both of his hometown newspapers, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News.
And the media is mostly getting the story right, giving House Republicans credit for their leadership and noting the longer-term significance because of what it means to the movement’s young conservatives. For example, 24-year-old American Conservation Coalition (ACC) Vice President Danielle Butcher was quoted in The Hill noting that the party’s “progress is huge, when you apply the context.”
The Caucus is on Twitter: @climate_caucus. The CRES team will certainly be following them and is eager to get to work with this exciting new group of GOP leaders.