WASHINGTON, DC – Recently, we highlighted seven bipartisan bills that Congress should pass to protect the environment. When you compare these commonsense bipartisan solutions rooted in reality to the seven hours of rhetoric thrown in the air at the CNN climate crisis town hall, it’s clear who is serious.
Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) has called for Democrats to come to the table for practical and passable bills to protect the environment without destroying the economy.
“There are bipartisan bills in Congress that we could pass right now to ensure the United States remains a global leader in emissions reduction, economic productivity, and clean energy production, all at once,” said Walden.
As Members of Congress return to the Capitol this week, these bipartisan bills, and others like them, should be at the forefront of the conversation. Real solutions over empty rhetoric.
Republicans call on Democrats to drop Green New Deal, focus on ‘serious’ climate solutions
By Valerie Richardson
Instead of debating how many trillions the Green New Deal will cost, House Republicans have a suggestion for Democrats: Pass a slew of GOP-backed bills aimed at reducing greenhouse-gas emissions without razing the U.S. economy and energy sector.
As it turns out, however, there’s little Democratic appetite for legislation to promote carbon capture, or reduce regulations on energy efficiency, or spur development of advanced nuclear energy, not when 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are pushing for net-zero U.S. carbon emissions.
All of which rankles Republicans who say they grow weary of being called “deniers” even as their ground-ready solutions are ignored or derided by climate activists focused on what Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw dismissed as “fairy tales and socialist utopias.”
“If Democrats want to tackle climate change, they should work with Republicans on serious solutions that can become law,” said Rep. Greg Walden, Oregon Republican.
“Hey, here are some bipartisan solutions that clean up the environment, promote innovation, don’t ruin the economy, AND are based in reality!” tweeted Mr. Crenshaw. “Or we can believe in fairy tales and socialist utopias by banning nuclear, cleaner natural gas, plastic straws and cows.”
For Rep. John Curtis, Utah Republican, the denial runs both ways. Democrats have decried Mr. Trump’s plan to withdraw from the Paris accord, but the agreement sets lower emissions targets for China, the world’s biggest carbon polluter.
“There are people who would claim that Republicans deny science,” Mr. Curtis said. “I say you’re denying science if you’re not willing to look at the impact on the whole world, and are simply looking at the impact on the United States.”
As mayor of Provo, Utah, he spearheaded clean-air efforts aimed at reducing vehicle traffic, at one point riding his bike to work for 100 days over the course of a year.
In Congress, however, Mr. Curtis, who replaced Rep. Jason Chaffetz in November 2017, said he has become frustrated with the “all or nothing, unrealistic approach to addressing climate change.”
“It’s as if, ‘Our way is right, and unless you agree with us 100%, get out of the way,’” Mr. Curtis said. “Unless you can support the Green New Deal, you don’t care about the environment. That’s a winner-take-all philosophy.”
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