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Meet the Conservative Climate Caucus

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It’s about time America gets introduced to the Conservative Climate Caucus, a group of more than 60 GOP members in Congress that recently joined hands to help curb the looming environmental crisis. Led by congressman John Curtis, the caucus is joined by the likes of Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Richard Hudson, Nancy Mace, Mario Diaz-Balart and Stephanie Bice, to name a few.

The caucus believes that technology and innovation are the answers to climate change and shifting to other energy sources such as fossil fuels will contribute a lot to the lowering of carbon emissions. The CCC also believes that China is the number one polluter on the planet and must be pressured to strictly adhere to a set of regulations.

One of the main goals of the climate council is to educate House Republicans on climate policies and legislation that are in tune with conservative values. They also aim to unite the Republican Party in its fight against left-wing climate proposals that could be detrimental to our nation’s rebounding economy.

If we look deeper into America’s rich history, we will discover that the protection of the environment has always been one of the main priorities of past Republican leaders. One prominent example would be president Theodore Roosevelt’s establishment of the national park system, which aimed to conserve and promote our nation’s diverse landscapes and wildlife.

“There is a delight in the hardy life of the open. There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value,” Theodore Roosevelt said in an inspiring speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910.

On the 2nd of December 1970, president Richard Nixon officially established the Environmental Protection Agency. Aside from conducting environmental assessment, research, and education, the EPA is also in charge of the enforcement of standards based on the country’s environmental laws.

“Because environmental protection cuts across so many jurisdictions, and because arresting environmental deterioration is of great importance to the quality of life in our country and the world, I believe that in this case a strong, independent agency is needed. That agency would, of course, work closely with and draw upon the expertise and assistance of other agencies having experience in the environmental area,” Richard Nixon said in a special message to the Congress, prior to the EPA’s formation.

Last year, president Donald Trump signed the Energy Act of 2020 which prioritizes “research, development and demonstration across a broad spectrum of energy technologies.” The law was a much-needed comprehensive update on the country’s energy policies and it seeks to focus on solar and wind power, energy efficiency, grid modernization, carbon capture utilization and storage, among others.

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