As S.C. heat records continue to be set, ocean temperatures rise, glaciers disappear, Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland ice melt increases, and sea levels continue to rise on our coast, Trump administration officials and congressional supporters have proposed huge cuts at EPA and NOAA on climate change. More enlightened Senate Republicans are displaying better sense and courage and supporting programs to reduce emissions that are contributing to planetary warming and the adverse health, environmental and economic effects it brings.
Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine have also stood up to protect the future of our children and grandchildren by stopping a House bill to repeal rules designed to reduce methane emissions, a gas with greater heat-trapping impact than carbon dioxide.
Republicans James Baker, George Shultz and Hank Paulson, leaders on the Climate Leadership Council and pretty good company for any conservative, agree more needs to be done. They support a carbon fee and dividend program, which will stimulate clean-energy investments and well-paying jobs. Fees would be returned to households to offset the increased cost of carbon-based fuels and make clean-energy alternatives more competitive.
Vice chair, Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship