New Effort Will Promote Pro-Climate GOP Candidates
A new effort will help to lift up Republican candidates who are strong on climate change, according to a new article in Politico. The new campaign, which is worth more than seven figures, is part of a larger effort to identify partners in the GOP who will champion climate solutions. The group has already announced that it will support Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) through a TV spot and print and online banner ads. The TV spot thanks Gibson for supporting “smart policies” and “responsible solutions,” including “fighting to stop climate change by preserving common-sense limits on air pollution and supporting high-tech investments that lower energy costs and protect the environment.”
The campaign is significant not only in that it could help build bipartisan support for solutions, but also in that could change the entrenched psychological associations that many Americans have between climate change and political parties, which could have even more significant cascading effects.
Darren Goode, Contributor to Politico
The political arm of one of the nation’s biggest environmental groups is looking for allies in the unlikeliest of places: the Republican Party.
The Environmental Defense Action Fund is rolling out a seven-figure ad campaign to aid green-minded Republicans in the midterm elections, part of a longer-term effort to find GOP partners on priorities like climate change. If it works, it would offer a break from the growing partisan split that green issues have encountered in recent years — not to mention the aggressively pro-Democratic efforts of groups like the League of Conservation Voters and billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC.