GOP donor woos candidates with 'climate change' cash

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

A Republican businessman says his party should stop fighting science and start talking solutions to climate change. But at least one critic doubts he will find a receptive audience.

Republican Jay Faison says he has $175 million in potential political donations to inspire members of the GOP to acknowledge climate change and help combat what he sees as a problem.

The Associated Press reports Faison also commissioned a survey showing that voters agree.

Kerpen, Phil (American Commitment)"I think he's not likely to find a receptive audience from any of the serious candidates," remarks Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment.

Kerpen tells OneNewsNow that Faison has contributed to Lindsey Graham and to a Super PAC helping Jeb Bush.

"I think Jeb Bush should be asked about this, whether he shares this gentleman's agenda," Kerpen says.

The AP describes Faison as "the most active Republican donor on climate issues." The businessman made his fortune in 2013, when he sold his audio-visual equipment company based in North Carolina. 

The politics of global warming taxes and regulations are "toxic," says Kerpen, discounting the polling that Faison is standing by.

"Every poll I've seen shows that people are all for doing something about global warming until you ask them whether they're willing to pay higher energy prices, and then everybody is against it," Kerpen says. "In the real world, there are trade-offs. You don't get something for nothing."

Because of that, he adds, it would be "very foolish" for GOP candidates to chase donations from Faison.

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