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Republicans Who Couldn’t Beat Climate Debate Now Seek to Join It

March 5, 2019, 12:52 PM

Rep. John Shimkus once issued a forceful rejection of climate science at a congressional hearing, invoking the Bible and declaring that “Earth will end only when God declares it’s time to be over.”

Last month, in a turnabout, the Illinois Republican signed a letter with the top Republican of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that said, “Prudent steps should be taken to address current and future climate risks.”

“It’s just not worth the fight anymore,” Shimkus said when asked about his changing stance on climate change. “Let’s just see what we can do to address it and not hurt ...

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