Search is on for a GOP climate convert - POLITICO.com
Activists concede that the final push may have to come from circumstances beyond their control, for example from a Republican whose state starts feeling the brunt of climate change. But even that’s far from a foolproof strategy, given the years of hurricanes that have devastated red states in the South without swaying political leaders’ minds.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who proudly calls himself a “global warming denier,” said there is no chance Republicans will shift their position any time soon — because few Republicans think any urgent reason exists to take action on climate.
“There may be three or four Republicans that believe it,” he told POLITICO. “But I think it’s the least of our worries as a country right now. The least.”
“The goal of this is to get back to the point where there’s more robust bipartisan support for moving forward. We had that for years and years and years,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We need to get back to the point where we have more people on both sides of the aisle talking about climate change.”