A climate-change skeptic is taking issue with a GOP version of the "Green New Deal" being pushed by some Republican lawmakers.
The plan was first reported by Axios, which says House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) is leading the push alongside Representatives Garrett Graves (R-Louisiana) and Bruce Westerman (R-Arkansas). The legislators are calling for government to be more involved in capturing carbon dioxide emissions, planting trees, focusing on clean-energy innovation and funding, and tackling plastic waste. (See related story from Fox News)
"The big problem I have with this is the carbon capture concept," says Climate Depot's Marc Morano, who is a skeptic of catastrophic man-made climate change. "What they're basically saying is 'carbon dioxide is some kind of problem.'"
The "GOP Green New Deal" doesn't set emissions targets like the Green New Deal being pushed by liberals. The GOP version also favors use of nuclear power and natural gas. Those sources of energy are among the top sources of electricity generation in the United States.
Only coal provided anywhere near the same amount of electricity last year, and natural gas burns cleaner than coal. Meanwhile, a nuclear reaction produces no carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases.
"All of this is good. They're just trying to find some muddled middle ground – and I could be with them except for the carbon capture and the still continued demonization of carbon dioxide," says Morano. "That is the problem here."