Top Republican on Climate Panel Sees Bipartisan Opportunities

Top Republican on Climate Panel Sees Bipartisan Opportunities

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), said he wasn’t interested in joining the new House select committee on climate change, but now that he’s the panel’s top Republican, he is looking for ways to work with the Democratic majority.

“There are adaptation and mitigation measures that I think should be carried out, and it’s a mistake to pretend as though those changes aren’t happening or to not acknowledge it,” Graves told Roll Call. “I think the fiscally conservative thing to do is actually to make proactive adaptation type investment. … I do feel strongly about that.”

The committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), has signaled optimism that she and Graves can lead the committee to produce results.

“The good news is that climate solutions, from deploying more clean energy to making our homes and businesses more energy-efficient, enjoy broad bipartisan support,” Castor said, according to the Roll Call article.

 

Rep. Garret Graves at Navy Week New Orleans in 2015. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Wolpert

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