Environment & Energy Report

Right-Wing Backlash Greets Modest GOP Foray Into Climate Change

Feb. 13, 2020, 3:17 PM

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had barely finished presenting his party’s modest plan to fight climate change when conservatives began piling on in opposition.

The free market-group American Energy Alliance dismissed it as a “Republican-led Green New Deal lite” that amounted to a “climate messaging exercise.” The libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute called it “bad policy that will not bring any political relief.”

Kevin McCarthy
Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg

And the Club for Growth vowed to not endorse any candidate who backs what it called the “liberal” Republican climate plan.

“Besides hurting our economy, these measures will not make a single environmentalist vote for a Republican...

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