House Republicans are preparing to launch a caucus designed to educate members on the effects of climate change.
The effort, led by Representative John Curtis (R-UT), will, according to The Hill, “give members information and new strategies for how to talk about” climate change and “possibly even change some minds” on the topic.
The climate caucus reportedly already has 45 members.
Curtis says he is seeking bipartisan solutions on matters such as limiting greenhouse gasses in other countries and supporting nuclear power.
Still, he believes other less popular options for the GOP “should be on the table.”
“I didn’t really know what solutions were good solutions. I didn’t know which ones I could support,” said Curtis.
“It felt like, and I think a lot of Republicans feel this way, I had to endorse the Green New Deal if I was going to … be part of the solution, and a lot of Republicans find that troubling.”
President Biden, during a speech to Air Force personnel in the United Kingdom earlier this month, warned that global warming is the “greatest threat” facing America and that it is “not a joke.”
Biden claimed he was told this by Pentagon officials when he was serving alongside Barack Obama in 2009.
“When I went over to the tank in the Pentagon when I was first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down and let us know what the greatest threats facing America were, the greatest physical threats,” he told those in attendance.
“This is not a joke,” he insisted. “You know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest physical threat facing America was? Global warming.”
Curtis has been seeking to get his GOP colleagues to take the matter of climate change more seriously for some time now.
“This is a Republican bread and butter issue,” he said at a climate change town hall last September. “We care about the Earth, now let’s show it.”
“We have to stop being so afraid of this conversation,” he insisted.
“We’ve got good answers. We’ve got answers that don’t kill the economy. We’ve got answers that can be bipartisan,” Curtis said. “We’re in this. We want to be part of this.”
On Tuesday, The Political Insider reported that wildfires in California, something Democrats have consistently blamed on climate change despite their existence throughout history, are being fought through billions of dollars in funding meant to clear out forest floors.
Perhaps that topic will be addressed in the new Republican climate caucus.
Clearing forest floors to combat wildfires in California is something that was frequently suggested by former President Donald Trump.
He was ridiculed for such suggestions.
Curtis, shortly after the Capitol protest on January 6th, introduced a resolution to censure and condemn Trump.
“The events at the Capitol last week were abhorrent; all those involved must be held accountable, including President Trump,” he said at the time.
“Censuring the President and making it clear that Congress does not support any level of his involvement in the riots nor any attempts to undermine an election is a critical step in holding him accountable as more facts continue to unfold,” added Curtis.
The Utah Republican voted against impeachment, however, citing a lack of time for a full inquiry.
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