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More RINOs caving on climate change hoax: ‘It’s just not worth the fight anymore’

By Jon Dougherty

The one policy area where conservatives could still count on most Republicans to stand firm and resist Leftist Democratic efforts — even those considered solidly within the ‘GOP Establishment’ — was so-called “climate change,” but not even that resistance appears to be cracking.

More Republicans are beginning to embrace the ‘climate science’ claiming that human activity is disrupting the Earth’s weather and climate patterns to the detriment of everyone on the planet.

One former GOP stalwart was Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois, who at one time forcefully pushed back against allegations of human-caused climate change by invoking the Bible and declaring that “Earth will only end when God declares it’s time to be over.”

Today, however, Shimkus is taking a defeatist attitude, obviously worn down by the Left’s never-ending push to factor climate change into public policy.

“It’s just not worth the fight anymore,” Shimkus said in an interview with Bloomberg when asked about his changing stance on climate change. “Let’s just see what we can do to address it and not hurt the economy.”

That’s not all. Shimkus has also signed onto a letter with the top Republican of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that said “prudent steps should be taken to address current and future climate risks.”

Bloomberg notes further:

Shimkus is among a number of Republicans who — after years of sowing doubt about climate change or ignoring it altogether — are scrambling to confront the science they once rejected. They are planning hearings on the issue, pledging to invest in technologies to mitigate its impact and openly talking about the need for taking action.

The shift in posture follows the public’s growing anxiety after catastrophic hurricanes, flooding and wildfires linked to global warming. Fully 74 percent of registered voters think global warming is happening and 67 percent said they are worried it, according to polling conducted by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Among conservative Republicans, just 42 percent think global warming is happening but that is up five percentage points since a poll taken in 2017.



Moreover, Democrats have seized the issue with populist fever — even proposing a sweeping plan to phase out climate-warming gas emissions through a “Green New Deal.”

“Members are openly using the term climate change,” leading RINO Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, where oil production is the top industry, said of her GOP colleagues. “You are not seeing this kind of dismissive attitude but more open conversations about some of the challenges, some of the technologies we can look to, some of the solutions.”

Murkowski, who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, has long been a believer in human-caused climate change. She’s preparing to open the committee’s first hearing on the topic in years, which will hone in on electricity generation.

Bloomberg:

In addition to Murkowski, other Republicans have been meeting in small groups to come up with a strategy on the issue: Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and former 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, now a senator representing Utah.

Cassidy said he’s in talks with Republican senators about climate legislation centered around increasing the use of use of natural gas abundant in his state of Louisiana. The fuel source has about 50 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than coal, but is opposed by some environmentalists because of the fracking process used to develop it and associated leaks of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Other policies under discussion among Republicans include expanding the use of nuclear energy and research on technology to capture carbon emissions from smokestacks and the development of renewable energy.

Noted Graham, who said he’s been discussing the issue with freshman #NeverTrump senator Romney, “There is a growing consensus on our side that man-made emissions are contributing to global warming, that the ‘green deal’ is absurd, and we should be able to find a more appropriate solution to the problem.”

As usual, however, none of the ideas being floated by the GOP are good enough for the rabid Left.

“The window for moderate action has completely closed,” Lukas Ross, a senior policy analyst with Friends of the Earth, told Bloomberg. “A small minority of Republicans don’t deserve a pat on the back for acknowledging 40 years of scientific consensus.”

The problem is, of course, that the so-called “science” is anything but settled. And the climate doom-and-gloom predictions for 30 years have been bogus and alarmist. But apparently, if the Left can beat a dead horse long enough, they can get what they want in terms of ‘action’ on this issue.


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17 Comments on More RINOs caving on climate change hoax: ‘It’s just not worth the fight anymore’

  1. We are doomed!! Not by climate change, but by people like this Shimkus waffle. Glad the allies weren’t “worn down” by the Nazis. Lucky! Huh? What a POS.

  2. Just remember our Yellow Vests will be armed with 500 million firearms…..so you push that crap and see where it leads you….

  3. Not worth the fight against the Climanistas? Then quit and let someone who will fight for America do the job.

  4. There won’t be any tyranny or lies in God’s Kingdom. Be there or you will never get a chance to experience what life under truth is like as opposed to this world, which is a giant ball of lies. That is where your focus should be if you are interested in real solutions to all of man’s problems including sickness and death.

  5. The best summation of the Climate Change debate I have heard was from an old codger whom called into a radio panel on the subject. He said “10,000 years ago there was an ice sheet a mile thick where I’m now sitting in New York. Where is it?”
    The panelists had no answer.

  6. trump would look a lot better in a guillotine // March 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    “The best summation of the Climate Change debate I have heard was from an old codger whom called into a radio panel on the subject. He said “10,000 years ago there was an ice sheet a mile thick where I’m now sitting in New York. Where is it?”
    The panelists had no answer.”

    It is difficult for me to express in simple words just how incredibly idiotic you are, but then again, you’re a Trump supporter so that’s to be expected.

    • Will Flaco // March 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm // Reply

      Why idiotic? The climate of our earth has been changing for 4.5 billion years. We have a pretty good idea what has happened with the earth’s climate from the Cambrian through today. Yet, we have very little climate information for 8/9 of earth’s history, the Precambrian. Man has existed on planet earth for a very, very small period of time and if you think we have the power to destroy the earth, you are the idiot.

      And, yes I am a supporter of President Trump.

      • Don Holland // March 5, 2019 at 5:59 pm //

        Notice that the commie troll had no answer either. Just the usual vacuous insults.

    • V.Lombardi // March 6, 2019 at 6:35 am // Reply

      NY was not covered in ice 10,000 years ago. We are in the end of the last ice age. Periods of cooling & warming on Earth are in the scientific record with CO2 levels over 10 times the present level. Anyone can look at the graphs and know this. Others read hearsay and think they learned something.

  7. Don Holland // March 5, 2019 at 5:48 pm // Reply

    Didn’t take Romney long to start organising treason against the American people again DoD it. As the sun throws the planet into another little ice age, gutless RINO’s prepare to surrender to socialism…

  8. trump would look a lot better in a guillotine
    all you have is simple terms. More and more scientists are questioning globull warming rebranded as climate science.

  9. Has no one here ever heard of the H.A.A.R.P. PROJECT? Does anyone here believe it’s normal to have a blizzard move across the country every single week right on schedule like a train? The best way to prove the climate is changing is to purposely and with intention change the weather with weather warfare techniques, AKA HAARP project. The reason the weather seem to be changing is because the Air Force is literally making the weather what it is. It’a like draining a lake and then claiming the weather change is the cause of the lake going dry, thus proving your point. Learn something people over and above what lying politicians and fake news are telling you.

  10. Brainiacs on the Right will just keep re-electing these RINO jokers. We’re EARNING the betrayal we get from them.

  11. How ’bout this? You’re not worth VOTING for anymore.

  12. Hal Shurtleff // March 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm // Reply

    Why can we expect from Rinos? More and more Americans realize that they are being lied too on the subject. Here is an excellent presentation on the climate change hoax by Professor Willie Soon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YMttEhtgpk

  13. WTF DO THEY MEAN NOT WORTH THE FIGHT. GROW SOME BALLS CLIMATE CHANGE IS A HOUSE OF CARDS USE FACTS TO DESTROY IT ONCE AND FOR ALL

  14. Ask any fervent climate change believer about chemtrails/geo-engineering/HAARP affecting climate change, and they’ll just as fervently deny they exist, or give a vacant stare as a response. They have no clue that water vapor, and underwater volcanoes around the earth do MUCH more to contribute to global warming, than mankind ever could.

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