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Republicans To Speak Out For Climate Change Action

Posted by Richard Conniff on June 17, 2014

Well, I don’t normally print press releases verbatim, but I just wrote on the role of Republicans in the fight to solve the acid problem.  That was back when the Republican Party still believed in the value of good government and the importance of saving the, you know, Earth.  Now some of the people from that successful campaign are about to speak out on climate change.  Check it out tomorrow morning at 10:

There are strong voices in the Republican Party that believe it is important to take action on climate change. Tomorrow, four Republican EPA Administrators will testify before a Senate Environment & Public Works sub-committee on Wednesday, June 18 at 10:00am ET. They will speak about the consensus around climate change, policy and regulatory solutions, and the urgency to act as U.S. communities face increasingly severe climate-related impacts.

The testimony will be webcast live here: The official announcement is pasted below.

In addition to their roles as former EPA Administrators,


William D. Ruckelhaus and Lee M. Thomas are also current board members of the World Resources Institute.

Please let me know if I can help connect you with one of the Administrators or another WRI expert about the significance of the testimony.

Take care,

Rhys Gerholdt
Media Specialist | World Resources Institute


U.S. Senate Committee on
Environment and Public Works

*Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety*

“Climate Change: The Need to Act Now”

 BACKGROUND:    Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, will convene a hearing to examine climate change and the need to address it.

WHEN:                            WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014, 10:00 AM ET

LOCATION:                   EPW Hearing Room

406 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC

WEBCAST:                    Webcast will be available at starting at 10:00 AM ET

WITNESSES:                 (Order subject to change)

Panel I:

  • The Honorable William D. Ruckelshaus, Strategic Advisor, Madrona Venture Group, and Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable Christine Todd Whitman, President, The Whitman Strategy Group, Former Governor, State of New Jersey, and Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable William K. Reilly, Senior Advisor, TPG Capital, Chairman Emeritus, ClimateWorks Foundation, and Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Honorable Lee M. Thomas, Former Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Dr. Daniel Botkin, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • The Honorable Luther Strange, Attorney General, State of Alabama
  • Dr. Joseph R. Mason, Hermann Moyse, Jr./Louisiana Bankers Association Endowed Professor of Banking, Louisiana State University, and Senior Fellow, The Wharton School

2 Responses to “Republicans To Speak Out For Climate Change Action”

  1. Bob McMahon said

    The climate changes every pico second nothing new. There is plenty of research that proves “No Such thing ” Climate change is a means of the government to tax an already overburdened public etc…Look at the price paid for electricity, they the climate changers are winning and the American Public is getting screwed. The rest of the manufacturing world is laughing (at USA they very stupid) and polluting at will. Talk about pollution control that is the issue not climate change that is just silly.

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Bob. They fit very well with what passes for thinking on these issues among modern Republicans.

      Just by way of perspective, here is part of an email I received recently from a friend working in Beijing, where they also do not believe in laws to protect the environment:

      “Would have traded today’s pollution count in Beijing (163 – unhealthy) for Connecticut’s sunshine, but it wasn’t an option.”

      The pollution count in Connecticut that day was 61, thanks largely to various iterations of the Clean Air Act (another law passed with heavy Republican support, in the old days).

      And by the way, we have some of the cheapest electric rates in the world.

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