Last month, more than 60 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives announced the formation of the Conservative Climate Caucus. The new caucus will focus on educating Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives on conservative climate solutions that will leverage American innovation and enhance U.S. prosperity.
CRES released a statement applauding Representative John Curtis (R-UT) and the more than 60 other House Republicans for taking the initiative to form this caucus. Heather Reams, CRES executive director, also joined Rep. Curtis to write an op-ed published in USA Today. Additionally, a press conference was held outside the U.S. Capitol Building, which you can view here, including remarks from CRES Executive Director Heather Reams.
The formation of the Caucus is an opportunity for House Republicans to demonstrate leadership on climate solutions and to continue defining their own vision for reducing emissions. Following December’s passage of the Energy Act of 2020, conservative support has steadily grown for increased investment in energy innovation, energy infrastructure, and clean energy jobs. In April, Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) released a batch of 35 climate bills, and in June, he created an Energy, Climate, and Conservation Task Force to further develop the GOP’s own policy agenda to address climate change if it wins back the House in the 2022 elections. Republicans also led the way in passing the bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act last month.
Importantly, this caucus also understands that climate change is truly a global issue. Today, 85 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions originate outside of the United States—a share that will eventually increase to 90 percent by the end of the next decade. This means that U.S. climate and energy policy must foster innovation and commercialization pathways that work for Indiana as well as for India.
The Caucus presents an enormous political opportunity for the GOP. Voters have gotten an earful of radical proposals in recent years, such as the so-called Green New Deal. But the most recent CRES poll found that both Republican and Democrat voters showed strong enthusiasm for a renewed push to increase government support for clean energy development and meaningful, all-of-the-above climate solutions.
Clean energy is not a red versus blue issue—it is a red, white, and blue issue. The fact is voters want action on climate, but they have not been presented realistic solutions they can fully embrace, and the Conservative Climate Caucus can change that.
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.