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Millennial voters do not agree on all issues, but one issue on which Millennial conservatives and liberals do see eye to eye is climate change. Climate change is increasingly bridging the Republican-Democrat divide as it moves behind politics and emerges as a human issue.
Why This Matters: Millennials are estimated to become the largest generation to date and thus will have a huge impact on politics in the years to come. Polls demonstrating the shift among both Democrats and Republicans towards greater concern for climate change have even impacted the decisions of Republicans currently in Congress. John Barrasso, a Republican who has historically blocked climate change legislation, introduced a bill this year to promote nuclear energy with a desire to tackle global warming. According to a political consultant, “Denying the basic existence of climate change is no longer a credible position” due to the growing climate awareness among Millennials.
Conservative Environmentalism: As a non-profit organization founded by a group of conservative millennials that is dedicated to empowering conservatives to re-engage with environmental conversations, the American Conservation Coalition is a symbol of the emerging bipartisanship of climate change. Their mission is to alter the narrative on environmental topics that is so often dismissive and disbelieving in many conservative circles. By emphasizing the importance of environmental stewardship in free-enterprise, property rights and having a strong economy, these young conservatives are proving that environmental awareness is not a political issue, but a human one.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Last Thursday, Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández (D-NM) introduced the Orphaned Wells Cleanup and Jobs Act of 2021 which would authorize nearly $8 billion in grant funding for abandoned oil and gas well cleanup projects across the nation. Methane emissions from abandoned wells threaten to derail President Biden’s climate goals, but dozens of […]
By Josh Freed, Senior Vice President for the Climate and Energy Program, Third Way For years, climate news has offered one of the best doomscrolling fixes, up there with the pandemic and Donald Trump’s assault on democracy. But we’ve finally entered an era when the good news on climate is starting to outweigh the […]
Special Presidential Envoy on Climate (or “SPEC”) Kerry is engaging with key nations this week in the run-up to the Global Summit in two weeks. In India yesterday he met with Prime Minister Narenda Modi, who reaffirmed his government’s commitment to its Paris pledges, including increasing its non-fossil fuel power capacity to 40% and substantially boosting forest cover to reduce CO2. Kerry visits Bangladesh today.
Why This Matters: Kerry is using these visits to try to elicit elevated commitments from other major emitters — China and India.
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