August 12, 2019

The New York Times Profiles Sarah Hunt as a Leading Conservative Climate Advocate

By Jacqueline Isaacs

Sarah Hunt, CEO and co-founder of the Rainey Center, was profiled in The New York Times’ Climate Fwd: newsletter recently as a prominent figure in the trend of young conservatives and Republicans becoming more environmentally conscious.

Hunt shared that when climate change deniers within the GOP start challenging someone’s conservative credentials, such as her own, because of their climate activism, it shows that the deniers are losing ground. The newsletter said: 

Sarah Hunt, a longtime conservative activist and co-founder of the Rainey Center, a nonpartisan think tank that works on energy issues, agreed. She said casting doubt on one’s Republican authenticity tended to be a weapon of last resort for denialists “when they can’t win on policy.”

But, she said, with a growing number of Republican lawmakers talking openly about climate action, that approach “backfires in sophisticated conservative circles.”

Hunt is a leader in conservative clean energy policy and her commentary is regularly sought by publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Politico, and more. Prior to founding the Rainey Center, Hunt launched a clean energy program at the American Legislative Exchange Council and a climate change program at the Niskanen Center.

According to one of the newsletter’s authors, Lisa Friedman, “being a conservative climate advocate is getting a bit easier.” She began to understand this shift when she interviewed college students “about the gap between young Republicans and party leaders on climate change.” Freidman notes that the gap is a cause for concern for many establishment GOP strategists because the generational split over climate action “could be a political time bomb for the party.”

Read the entire newsletter here: Young Republicans sense a shift

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