The following is a statement from Jason Grumet, president of the Bipartisan Policy Center, on the House Republican proposals to address climate change, the first of three parts, released today by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):
“The climate science debate is formally over.
“McCarthy and the Republican caucus took an important step today by proposing federal measures to combat climate change. These proposals clearly acknowledge the harmful impacts of climate change and present several meaningful ideas to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
“The focus on carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, as well as methods to remove carbon from the ambient air, are critical ideas that must be part of any comprehensive solution. BPC has championed these ideas for many years, and we look forward to working with the caucus to advance actionable bipartisan efforts.
“A broad combination of policies will be necessary to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The Republican proposals represent a critical step toward developing effective and durable bipartisan solutions. We will continue to work with Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike in pursuit of an effective national strategy on climate change that can actually become law.”
Jason Grumet is available for comment.