Who are the conservative leaders on climate change? What do they want to do about the problem? A growing number of Republicans and conservative thinkers are coming up with ideas for cutting emissions, pricing carbon, and promoting clean energy, but their approaches don’t get much attention in the media or in the political sphere. We’re setting out to change that — putting aside snark and fostering constructive dialogue.
Amanda Little, Vanderbilt professor and former Grist columnist, has interviewed key players about their proposed climate solutions and their plans for engaging their fellow conservatives:
- Republican presidential candidate George Pataki, former governor of New York
- Michele Combs, a Christian Coalition activist who now leads the group Young Conservatives for Energy Reform
- N. Gregory Mankiw, a conservative economist who advocates a carbon tax
- Andy Sabin, a Republican businessman who started the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School
- Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), a Republican climate leader in the House
(Illustration by Rene Cruz)
Stories in this series:
The former governor of New York chats with Grist about innovation, cleantech, the pope, and how to get his party engaged on climate change.
Michele Combs, founder of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, is working to engage Republicans on clean energy and climate change.
N. Gregory Mankiw, former advisor to George W. Bush and Mitt Romney, argues that a carbon tax could go hand-in-hand with deregulation.
Andy Sabin has spent big money to create a climate law center and to back GOP candidates like Jeb Bush who he thinks will break the climate stalemate.
Rep. Chris Gibson is rounding up fellow Republicans to support a climate resolution -- and hoping for a meaningful agreement out of Paris.