Washington, DC—Today, Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced the new Conservative Climate Caucus in a press conference at the US Capitol. The Congressman will serve as Chairman and lead the Caucus of over 60 members, including representatives from every committee with jurisdiction over climate policy and various ranking members.

“Today, I am proud to launch the Conservative Climate Caucus with many of my Republican colleagues. Republicans have conservative solutions to lower emissions while enhancing economic prosperity. We do care about climate – and we already have solutions and plan to find more. 

The goal of the Conservative Climate Caucus is to bring members of the Republican party together to educate each other on climate policies that will make real progress on reducing emissions through American innovation and resources. Proposals to reduce emissions and be good stewards of the earth do not have to hurt the American economy – in fact they do the opposite. There is a way to lower global emissions without sacrificing American jobs and principles – and I believe Republicans are the ones that can and should be leading the charge.

I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance a message of caring for our planet, and move away from the culture of shaming that has become all too prevalent in our public dialogue.”

Full list of Members on the Caucus:

John Curtis (Utah-03); Energy and Commerce

Garrett Graves (Louisiana-06); Select Committee on Climate (Ranking Member), Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Washington-05); Energy and Commerce (RM)

Bruce Westerman (Arkansas-04); Transportation and Infrastructure; Natural Resources (RM)

Glenn Thompson (Pennsylvania-15); Agriculture (RM), Education and Labor 

Michael McCaul (Texas-10); Foreign Affairs (RM), Homeland Security 

Frank Lucas (Oklahoma-03); Financial Services, Science, Space and Technology (RM) 

Richard Hudson (North Carolina-08); Energy and Commerce, Republican Conference Secretary    

David McKinley (West Virginia-01); Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee RM    

Andy Barr (Kentucky-06); Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Republican Study Steering Committee

Dan Newhouse (Washington-04); Appropriations, Western Caucus Chair 

Burgess Owens (Utah-04); Education and Labor, Judiciary

Chris Stewart (Utah-02); Appropriations, Intelligence 

Chuck Fleischmann (Tennessee-03); Appropriations   

Cliff Bentz (Oregon-02); Natural Resources, Judiciary 

Andrew Garbarino (New York-02) Homeland Security, Small Business 

David Joyce (Ohio-14); Appropriations, Modernization, Ethics  

Blake Moore (Utah-01); Armed Services, Natural Resources 

David Valadao (California-21); Appropriations 

Debbie Lesko (Arizona-08); Energy and Commerce

Doug Lamborn (Colorado-05); Natural Resources, Armed Services 

Jeff Fortenberry (Nebraska-01); Appropriations   

Jeff Van Drew (New Jersey-02); Transportation and Infrastructure, Homeland Security 

Kelly Armstrong (North Dakota-AL); Energy and Commerce    

Lee Zeldin (New York-01); Financial Services, Foreign Affairs    

Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa-02); Education and Labor, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security           

Mark Amodei (Nevada-02); Appropriations   

Markwayne Mullin (Oklahoma-02); Energy and Commerce, Intelligence         

Michael Burgess (Texas-26); Energy and Commerce, Rules    

Michael Cloud (Texas-27); Oversight and Reform, Agriculture

Michael Waltz (Florida-06); Armed Services, Space, Science and Technology

Nancy Mace (South Carolina-01); Transportation and Infrastructure, Oversight and Reform, Veterans Affairs 

Pat Fallon (Texas-04); Armed Services, Oversight and Reform      

Peter Meijer (Michigan-03); Homeland Security, Foreign Affairs, Science, Space and Technology    

Rick Crawford (Arkansas-01); Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure, Intelligence 

Stephanie Bice (Oklahoma-05); Armed Services, Space, Science and Technology

Tim Burchett (Tennessee-02); Foreign Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure  

Tim Walberg (Michigan-07); Energy and Commerce, Education and Labor       

Troy Balderson (Ohio-12); Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure 

Robert Latta (Ohio-05); Energy and Commerce,

Chris Jacobs (New York-27); Agriculture, Budget

Michelle Steel (California-34); Transportation and Infrastructure; Education and Labor

Morgan Griffith (Virginia-09); Energy and Commerce

August Pfluger (Texas-11); Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security

Steven Palazzo (Mississippi-04); Appropriations

Dusty Johnson (South Dakota- AL); Agriculture, Transportation and Infrastructure

Jay Obernolte (California-08); Budget, Natural Resources, Space, Science and Technology

Larry Bucshon (Indiana-08); Energy and Commerce

Jim Baird (Indiana-04); Agriculture, Science Space and Technology

Jack Bergman (Michigan-01); Armed Services, Veteran’s Affairs

Maria Salazar (Florida-27); Foreign Affairs, Small Business

Tom Rice (South Carolina-07); Ways and Means

Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio-16); Financial Services, Science Space and Technology

Fred Keller (Pennsylvania-12); Education and Labor, Oversight and Reform

Randy Weber (Texas-14); Science, Space and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure

French Hill (Arkansas-02); Financial Services

Bill Huizenga (Michigan-02); Financial Services

Fred Upton (Michigan-06); Energy and Commerce

Paul Gosar (Arizona-04); Natural Resources, Oversight and Reform

Mario Diaz-Balart (Florida-25); Appropriations

Drew Ferguson (Georgia-03); Ways and Means

Bryan Steil (Wisconsin-01); Administration, Financial Services

William Timmons (South Carolina-04); Financial Services, Steering

John Rutherford (Florida-04); Appropriations

Statements of Support

Heather Reams, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Executive Director: “CRES applauds US Rep. John Curtis (R-UT) and the 51 other House Republicans who today announced the creation of the Conservative Climate Caucus and looks forward to working with Members and staff on its agenda. The climate is changing and to address it, our country needs a commonsense approach that works by reducing energy prices, not energy choices; shrinking our emissions, not our economy; and, exporting American innovation, not American jobs.  Despite what fringe activists and their Capitol Hill champions say, overregulating America will not lower emissions globally. This caucus understands that climate change is a global issue. Today, 85 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions occur outside of the United States – a share that will increase to 90 percent by the end of the next decade. This means that U.S. climate and energy policy must foster innovation and commercialization pathways that work for Indiana as well as for India. Achieving emissions-reduction solutions are possible with the leadership demonstrated by the creation this caucus today.”

Rich Powell, ClearPath Executive Director: “Republicans have real solutions for climate change – ones that are technologically realistic, economically feasible, and politically sustainable. Over the past decade, conservatives have institutionalized big, bold goals anchored by clean energy breakthroughs as the best approach to solving the climate challenge. Higher taxes and more regulations won’t solve it – and this Conservative Climate Caucus will continue advancing solutions that strengthen the American economy, and reduce global carbon emissions.”  

Background

The Caucus will be focused on educating Republican House Members on conservative climate solutions that align with Republican principles and are based on an agenda that will make real progress through American innovation and ultimately enhance American prosperity. Learn more HERE.

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