Climate-Change Activists Seek to Recruit Big-Name Republican

Monday, 16 Sep 2013 02:12 PM

By Dan Weil

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Climate-change activists are searching far and wide to find a prominent Republican who will join their side and help them create momentum for climate-change legislation in Congress.

But so far the environmentalists have struck out, and their chances for success aren't so hot for the near future, according to Politico.

Activists acknowledge that it may take some outside event to bring a Republican to their side, the news service reports. Perhaps it would be a politician whose state suffers a crisis that some will link to climate change. That may be a long shot as years of hurricanes that have hit southern red states haven't done the trick.

But climate activists tell Politico they're willing to wait for years. Some are hopeful they may be able to snag Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has gone on record as saying that Hurricane Sandy was not caused by global warming.

But others say it may be someone who's now unknown. "I think it’ll be a surprise," a top official involved in the search told Politico. "I think it’ll be one of the names we’re not talking about."

GOP Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the climate change crowd is unlikely to find a convert at this point. "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."


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