House conservatives launched the first-ever House Conservative Climate Caucus today, signaling their renewed commitment to reliable, clean energy policies that will benefit the environment without harming the economy.
Among the goals of the caucus is to “educate House Republicans on climate policies and legislation consistent with conservative values,” according to a summary released by Rep. John Curtis of Utah, who’s leading the effort. The caucus includes more than 50 conservative members of Congress, including House Climate Select Committee ranking member Garrett Graves of Louisiana and Energy and Commerce Committee ranking member Cathy McMorris Rogers of Washington. In addition to helping members and staff better understand technologies and issues related to climate, the caucus also aims to “fight against radical progressive climate proposals that would hurt our economy, American workers, and national security.”
The initiative comes as the Biden administration amps up its attack on reliable sources of U.S. energy such as the Keystone pipeline and turns its back on clean energy solutions such as nuclear power and carbon capture.
Instead of emphasizing a heavy-handed, government regulatory policy approach to addressing climate change, the House Conservative Climate Caucus is likely to focus on policies that encourage private-sector innovation to produce clean energy technologies that grow our economy while reducing global emissions, building on the agenda set forth by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last year.
The formation of the House Conservative Climate Caucus couldn’t come at a more formidable time. Earlier this year, a sweeping study released by the Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions found that free and prosperous economies were doing the most to tackle climate challenges and they were doing so by investing in innovation, allowing free enterprise to flourish, promoting smart energy practices, and letting the market work. In other words, free markets are more effective at reducing global emissions than government mandates.
Despite this, the Left continues to monopolize the climate debate, pushing radical all-or-nothing climate mandates that leave the U.S. power sector more vulnerable and the environment not much better off. Let’s hope the newly formed House Conservative Climate Caucus is able to change course.