Most Americans don’t believe that we can save the environment by wrapping it up in red tape. Republicans believe there is a common sense middle ground between excessive, job killing regulation and doing nothing. Interestingly, 70 percent of Republicans believe a politician can be both pro-environment and pro-limited government at the same time.
Like its impact on the environment, the political implications of the climate change debate are real, and aren’t going away without addressing them substantively. It’s in the nation’s best interests as well as the best interests of Republican candidates to propose practical policies to reduce climate change. Taking leadership of policies that protect the economic, security, environment and health interests of the American people, rather than just opposing the wrong policies, is central to our appeal as practical problem solvers and as patriots who believe that what’s good for our country is always good for Republicans.