Conservatives may be warming up to the idea of taking action against climate change, the latest evidence of which is the “Green Real Deal” introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). Sarah Hunt, the co-founder and CEO of the Rainey Center, explains why this proposal is so significant, and why climate activists from all sides ought to pay attention.
In a recent op-ed published by Bloomberg Environment, Hunt says:
The Green Real Deal resolution lays out seven goals to guide policy making: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, innovate for clean energy alternatives, lead the globe in clean energy and carbon capture technologies, remove regulatory barriers to the use of those technologies, ensure that the government does not favor certain technologies over others, support technology-neutral policies at the state and local levels, and adapt infrastructure and the military as necessary to address the impacts of climate change.
These principles can serve as a blueprint for a conservative vision of climate action, where the ingenuity of American innovators is celebrated as the first line of offense in tackling an environmental challenge. Faced with a threat as significant as climate change, we need everyone at the table who has ideas and talents to contribute.
Regarding Gaetz himself, she said, “Gaetz’s approach is refreshing… he has a consistent history of disagreeing with the GOP establishment on the topic of climate change.”
Read the full article here: ‘Green Real Deal’ Shows GOP Warming to Climate Action