What you need to know about the new Conservative Climate Caucus

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By Grace Springer 

The Conservative Climate Caucus, announced in mid-June, has over 60 congressional members.
Photo by Louis Velazquez on Unsplash

Recently, Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, announced the formation of the Conservative Climate Caucus with the purpose of educating Conservatives on climate policies that fall in line with conservative values. Here’s what you need to know.  

The caucus acknowledges climate change as a threat but hesitates to call it a crisis 

The formation of the caucus marks a transition in the ideals of the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump’s administration overturned several climate policies, most notably by leaving the Paris Agreement in 2020.  

Curtis rejects the label that Republicans do not care about the climate. He says the caucus will give Conservatives a chance to voice their opinions and ideas relating to climate change.  

“We’ve done a wonderful job of telling people what we don’t like and we actually have quite a few good ideas, and we want a seat at the table,” he told Politico.  

The caucus believes fossil fuels are part of the solution 

Many climate groups on the left strive to eliminate fossil fuels as part of the transition to renewable alternatives. The Conservative Climate Caucus takes a different stance.  

“With innovative technologies, fossil fuels can and should be a major part of the global solution. Reducing emissions is the goal, not reducing energy choices,” the caucus said in a statement.  

The caucus says a transition away from fossil fuels will hurt the economy, but studies have shown clean energy can displace fossil fuels and create millions of jobs.  

The caucus has been endorsed by the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the American Conservation Coalition

Members believe in free-market innovation 

The caucus seeks solutions without government regulation. These solutions rely on innovation from private companies.  

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., another member of the caucus, explained her view to Fox News.  

“Today, we saw a private citizen go to space,” she said. “And if we allow businesses to be innovative, we can do the same thing, find the same kind of solutions for the environment as well.” 

Opponents of free-market environmentalism say that the free market will not favor environmental innovations unless the government incentivizes it, pointing out instances of the Environmental Protection Agency needing to introduce industry regulations to get companies on board with protecting the environment. 

The caucus singles out China as the greatest global emissions threat  

“Climate change is a global issue, and China is the greatest immediate obstacle to reducing world emissions,” the caucus’s statement reads. 

study updated in 2020 by the Union of Concerned Scientists shows China as the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions and the U.S. as the second largest.  

Many Democrats, including the Biden Administration, believe the U.S. must lead the global effort to net-zero emissions and that the U.S. must work toward its emissions goals to set an example for the rest of the world.  

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2 Comments

  • Hi, I’m lucky to be a retired senior who gets lots of time to read articles I find on the web. When I was a kid, I helped my father dig a trench and lay an underground hose, which we snaked around the back yard, after we punched holes in with a nail. It preserved the hose forever and we were free to ‘water’ our plants and trees whenever the need arose. I have often seen the ‘automatically timed hoses’ watering when it was pouring rain outside….what a waste. Plus, I read about how the Chinese planted their rice patties in a circular method so that the plants got ‘run-off water’ as well as whatever went down these ‘slide-like circles’. And I also read about using ‘EGG SHELLS’ around the trees to keep them well watered while absorbing the calcium for nutrition.

    It’s nice to protest in the streets, but how about we do outings to plant in these ways, especially in the areas that were burnt out by fires which would also work on our CARBON FOOTPRINT and add oxygen to the air? Plus, there are many old mining shafts and oil/coal sites which were never capped that are expelling fumes and contaminating the air. [Why hasn’t our government made them fix their problems?] Planting trees and shrubs would not only beautify, but would absorb these fumes to clear the air. Lastly, there are some sites that are actually burning FIRE from the NATURAL GAS and OIL that is pooled below the earth’s crust for many decades and no one has found a way to put these fires out. What about dropping a large amount of BAKING SODA OR SALT from a plane on it? It would not only lower our Carbon Footprint dramatically, but think of all the gas and oil we would save.

    Finally, each group should have their photos taken with the caucus members and put on the website to show Americans that WE ARE STRONG AND DETERMINED. Hopefully, other countries will follow our lead. Thanks for listening

    • R. E. Archer

      I personally agree with your assessment, P.M. Kelly. The problem with most any sensible approach is there is no money to be made and no power to be gained. This is not a task for Governments. It is a task for inhabitants.

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