A House GOP effort on a climate change proposal, led by Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, is facing rejection from party hardliners, according to The Hill.
"The Democrats have trained everybody to think that the only people who care about climate change are the ones who engage in hysterical alarmism or engage in real high-minded but ultimately false aspirations of 'we're going to decrease this much,'" Crenshaw said, per the report.
"But they forget about the actual solutions."
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., unveiled the plan Wednesday, but the Club for Growth PAC and other GOP members issued harsh rebukes.
"The next step needs to be the trash can for this stuff," Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told The Hill), who wants more carbon in the atmosphere to spur plant growth. "Moderate Republicans are doing what they do when Democrats introduce a gun bill. They feel like they have to introduce their own gun bill even though constituents don't want it and it won't make them safe.
"I have no aversion to planting trees, I just don't think the government needs to be in that business."
Democrats and environmentalists are not on board with the GOP plan either, but the conservative Club for Growth says it was "stifling liberal environmental taxes, regulations, and subsidies," and vowed to withhold support from anyone backing it.
"Club for Growth PAC will not endorse any candidate that supports the liberal environmental policies being pushed by Leader McCarthy and Sen. Romney," Club for Growth President David McIntosh wrote in a statement.
"Besides hurting our economy, these measures will not make a single environmentalist vote for a Republican and only alienate conservatives across the country. America's economy is booming because of the tax cuts and deregulation under President Trump, and Republicans should consider free-market legislation to increase growth as opposed to trying to get the political support of green socialists."
The threat of funding might not trump the support from McCarthy's leadership or the appearance to voters the GOP is making progress on climate initiatives.
"Outside groups don't get press off milquetoast statements, so when the rubber meets the road we'll see if they follow through on their threat, but I think they hope they don't have to," GOP strategist Matt Gorman told The Hill. "The idea is to try and scare members from it.
"I think this is something that can show voters you're taking action. I don't think voters at the end of the day are going to be voting against you because of this plan, no matter what people say."
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