Growing number of Republicans embrace emissions theory on ‘climate change’

Growing number of Republicans embrace emissions theory on ‘climate change’
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). NBC News video

[Ed. – No one seriously denies that the climate changes. It changes in identifiable shorter-term cycles like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, as well as in very long-term swings.  But it really is ignorant to simply jump on the modern anti-CO2 bandwagon when the climate starts acting — again — the way it did in the 1930s and 1870s, with increased flooding, snowfall, temperature extremes and extreme weather events.  I’m not convinced, meanwhile, that there’s a meaningful shift in attitude among GOP voters.  A Frank Luntz survey is cited as the basis for this premise.  Luntz is at his best when he’s letting other people talk. He himself seems to always be making a case that the GOP needs to accept the premises of the political left.]

A small but growing number of Republican lawmakers are urging action on climate change, driven by shifting sentiment among GOP voters and the effects of global warming, from stronger hurricanes to more-destructive wildfires.

The group backs policies rooted in what they consider GOP principles, favoring market-based solutions rather than government regulations. Many are loyal supporters of President Trump, but they part with him on climate change, which he has dismissed as hyped. …

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida says the GOP needs to advance sound conservative proposals to combat climate change and embrace science, or risk long-term political damage. …

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In April, Mr. Gaetz announced his “Green Real Deal” plan that seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship and reducing government regulations on the development of clean-energy technology.

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