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GOP Rep. Meijer: Republican Resistance to Climate Science Could Doom the Party

Despite the clear science, Republicans have long resisted doing anything about climate change. In fact, when Donald Trump took office, he actually went backwards by pulling the United States from the Paris Climate Accords.

UNITED STATES – MAY 14: Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., is seen in the Capitol Visitor Center after Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., won the election for House Republican Conference chair on Friday, May 14, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

One of Joe Biden’s first acts as president was rejoining the accords. He also unveiled an ambitious environmental plan. GOP leadership reacted to Biden’s plan by talking about restrictions on eating hamburgers.

Peter Meijer, a young Republican congressman from Michigan, believes his party has to drastically change their position on climate science. If they don’t, he says, they could doom themselves with younger voters.

Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump, made the comments during an interview with The Guardian. “Plenty of members of the [Republican] conference are still in perpetual skeptic mode,” he began. “When you talk to younger conservatives, the issue of climate is No 1 or 2, but for older generations that’s not the case. It’s important for the future of our country and the party we stop viewing it as a partisan issue.”

The Michigan Rep. continued, “It’s moving a very large ship a matter of degrees. It won’t happen overnight. Climate is one of the areas I was concerned about in terms of the long-term trajectory of the party. We are seeing first steps in messaging and proposals. There’s a recognition that we have not been on the right side of this and we need to get on the right side of this.”

 



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