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Conservatives Try to Seize the Green New Deal Moment

ClearPath Executive Director Rich Powell makes the conservative case for an innovative agenda on climate change.

Climate change is having a moment.

It’s hard to untangle cause from effect, but some combination of the backlash against Trump, worsening environmental disasters, youth-driven protests, and the bold aspirations of the Green New Deal have pushed the climate conversation onto center stage.

While the debate continues over whether the sweeping economic and environmental justice proposal is good policy or politics, a number of centrist and even conservative groups pushing for action on climate also sense a shift of the Overton window here. Groups like DC think tank ClearPath see a chance to advance carbon-free energy policies that may not be so audacious, but could achieve broader support—and, in their own estimation, would be more effective in combating climate risks.

 

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