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
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