November 5, 2018

Female voters could shift U.S. climate policy

By Sarah Rumpf

Rainey Center co-founder and CEO Sarah Hunt was quoted in a ClimateWire article discussing how women could help shift American climate policy with their votes in the midterm elections this month.

As Hunt notes, women are increasingly voicing concerns about environmental issues to their elected officials, and candidates are responding:

"[W]hen I talk to ... Republican policymakers about clean energy versus climate change, they will say, 'One of the reasons I am interested in this issue of climate change, I go out in my district and I talk to the soccer moms [and] they ask me about the environment,'" said Sarah Hunt, co-founder of the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, who works to engage conservatives on climate policy.

"They want clean air for their kids," she said. "They also want good-paying jobs and economic growth, and clean energy can give us all of those things."

...The bloc of female voters who could play a major role in this election value a set of issues that are connected to climate change, said Hunt, of the Rainey Center and formerly with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council. She said Republicans will need to learn how to address those issues or risk losing races.

"They don't win races on conservation and clean energy, but they can lose races on conservation and clean energy," she said. "They're going to listen to their constituents, and women and minorities are more affected by climate change."

Read the full article here: Female voters could force Republicans to accept warming

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