Report: House Republicans held secret climate summit in Utah

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 25th, 2021 2:40 pm

Last Updated Mar 1st, 2021 at 5:53 pm

House Republicans held a summit this past weekend in Utah to discuss how to approach the topic of climate change in Congress, according to a report from the Washington Examiner.

Rep. John Curtis of Utah organized the summit, which was attended by 25 House Republicans.

The group invited outside organizations, including the American Conservative Coalition, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions, and the Alliance for Market Solutions, to speak and hold panel events to educate attendees.

"This is not something Republicans should shy away from," Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas, who attended the event, told the Washington Examiner. "I have tried to really be a voice for conservation, but it's gaining more traction in the Republican Party.

Westerman is the top Republican of the House Natural Resources Committee.

Presentations at the summit included "Changes in political climate addressing climate change" and "Why should Republicans engage in climate solutions?"

Westerman and Curtis, the main organizers of the event, had worked with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last year to introduce a plan to promote innovation in clean energy. Although summit attendees did not discuss policy changes in detail, Westerman said that legislation would come.

"This is not just something Republicans are going to give lip service to," he said.


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