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For conservatives, it’s the ‘right time’ to discuss climate change

July 8, 2015

E&E Publishing

July 7, 2015

by Evan Lehmann

A panel of conservative policy analysts discussing the GOP’s latent role in environmentalism agreed yesterday that the Republican Party is damaging itself by surrendering the issue of climate change to the Democratic Party. They also appeared united on the idea that man-made global warming is real. But the analysts were scattered about how to address it. Among the suggestions were a carbon tax, “climate engineering” and getting very rich to better adapt to rising temperatures.

Yuval Levin, founding editor of National Affairs, a conservative quarterly magazine, said that Republicans are advancing the political interests of Democrats by dismissing the relevance of climate change. The result is more federal regulations opposed by conservatives, he said. “Environmentalism is actually very fertile territory” for Republicans, Levin said at event co-hosted by his magazine and the R Street Institute. He said the way that conservatives talk about climate change could be “no more helpful to the left.”

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