I was the only Republican witness at the climate change Congressional hearing this week — and I feel optimistic

Ilhan Omar was there

As a conservative, I see this as a patriotic opportunity for America to once again lead the world
Benji Backer

Washington

 

Yesterday, history was made in Washington DC. For the first time ever during a Congressional hearing, young conservatives and young progressives joined forces to advocate for climate change reforms. I had the opportunity, as the only Republican-chosen witness, to testify in front of the United States Congress on behalf of a generation that cares more about climate solutions than climate politics. This is no small feat.

This conversation — held as it was between the GOP and Democrats — wouldn’t have happened five years ago. In 2014, just 36 per cent of Republicans claimed to believe in human-caused climate change. Today, that number has nearly doubled, to 64 per cent. The discussion on climate change is more bipartisan now than ever before.

At the hearing, I had the opportunity to represent the American Conservation Coalition — an organization I founded just over two years ago as a freshman in college in order to educate and empower conservative voices involved in the environmental debate. As the hearing’s lone Republican witness, I had a duty to show that conservatives care about climate change and have sensible solutions to address it. There are Republicans who want to work across the aisle on this issue, despite what some might think.

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I was the only Republican witness at the climate change Congressional hearing this week — and I feel optimistic
As a conservative, I see this as a patriotic opportunity for America to once again lead the world
Benji Backer
Washington
4 hours ago
Ilhan Omar was one of the Democrats who appeared alongside Benji Backer at the hearing ( AP )

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/climate-change-greta-thungberg-us-trump-ilhan-omar-benji-backer-a9112751.html

 

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