The country was watching as the U.S. House of Representatives voted to remove Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) as Speaker. This unprecedented move left many to speculate on the implications a new Speaker will have on the momentum Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) and other conservative clean energy advocates worked so hard to gain. Fortunately, the answer is clear: Despite the drama, House Republicans remain committed to advancing conservative clean energy and climate solutions.
Speaker McCarthy’s departure does not signal an end to the tremendous progress conservatives have made towards strengthening U.S. energy leadership and protecting the environment. In fact, his legacy will be as a champion for American values in climate and energy.
Unlike many who came before him, McCarthy didn’t shy away from the “c-word” (climate), recognizing that climate policies and energy policies are inseparable, and therefore, Republicans must have a seat at the table to play a critical role in advancing commonsense solutions.
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