The plan to be released Thursday is the product of an “energy, climate, and conservation task force” created by top House Republican Kevin McCarthy last year. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
By Josh Siegel
06/01/2022 05:36 PM EDT
06/01/2022 07:27 PM EDT
House Republicans are preparing to release a six-part strategy to try to tame surging gasoline prices and to combat climate change that calls for increasing production of all types of energy and sets no greenhouse gas targets.
The plan to be released Thursday is the product of an “energy, climate, and conservation task force” created by top House Republican Kevin McCarthy last year that he tasked with devising a policy agenda to address climate change should Republicans capture the House in the 2022 midterm elections.
“We are creating a clear coherent energy strategy that returns the U.S. to an emissions reduction trajectory as opposed to what we are seeing under the Biden administration, which is failing every test, whether it be affordability, emissions or security,” Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), the chair of the 17-member task force, told POLITICO in an exclusive interview previewing the plan.
The strategy released by House Republicans contains few new policy ideas and is meant instead to provide a high-level overview of how the party would address the challenges of record-high energy prices worsened by Russia’s war in Ukraine while reducing global emissions.
The strategy is consistent with McCarthy’s effort in recent years to develop the party’s climate change platform and messaging to challenge Democrats and the Biden administration, with an eye toward winning support from young people and suburban voters who polls show are increasingly concerned worried about the issue.
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