GOP reps in Climate Solutions Caucus fail to protect climate

  • Published on June 8th, 2018

Today, the House of Representatives voted on Rep. Louie Gohmert’s “social cost of carbon” amendment to H.R. 5895, the energy/water appropriations bill. An analysis of roll call vote no. 253 shows that 22 Republicans on the Climate Solutions Caucus voted with their GOP colleagues to forbid EPA from taking into account the benefits of reducing climate emissions when promulgating regulations.

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Only 13 Republicans voted to retain EPA’s authority to take into account the social cost of carbon. The purpose of the amendment was to “prohibit the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.” The amendment passed 212-201.

“This vote shows, once again, that the only endangered species Congressional Republicans care about is themselves.  A majority of the Republicans in the so-called Climate Solutions Caucus have voted to forbid EPA from taking into account the financial benefit to America of reducing carbon emissions and thus lessening the impact of climate change. They are climate peacocks,” says RL Miller, founder of Climate Hawks Vote.

“It’s long past time for the Climate Solutions Caucus to disband,” says Miller.

22 Republicans in the Climate Solutions Caucus who voted for the amendment:

  • Bacon
  • Collins
  • Comstock
  • Rodney Davis
  • Donovan
  • Gaetz
  • Gallagher
  • Hultgren
  • Issa
  • Joyce
  • Peter King
  • Knight
  • Love
  • MacArthur
  • Reed
  • Reichert
  • Sanford
  • Taylor
  • Tenney
  • Upton
  • Zeldin

13 Republicans in the Climate Solutions Caucus who did the right thing and voted against the amendment:

  • Amodei
  • Bergman
  • Coffman
  • Curbelo
  • Faso
  • Fitzpatrick
  • Lance
  • Mast
  • Paulson
  • Ros-Lehtinen
  • Roskam
  • Royce
  • Trott

2 Republicans in the Climate Solutions Caucus who did not vote:

  • Costello
  • Walters

(RL Miller is the executive director of Climate Hawks Vote.)

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change.