Usually the news that a major Republican donor will be dropping hundreds of millions of dollars on a campaign to influence voters on energy and climate change would make environmentalists worried. But not when that donor is spending $175 million to get Republicans to talk about clean energy and the solutions to the climate crisis.
Entrepreneur Jay Faison founded the ClearPath Foundation in December of last year in part to restore Republicans’ environmental legacy. Tuesday he announced that he will be investing $175 million on a public education campaign that will include a social media and online advertising to get Republicans to talk about market-based solutions to climate change. That includes $40 million through the 2016 cycle, and another $10 million as a seed fund for a political advocacy group. The foundation invested between $1 and $9 million in a few solar energy projects.
I’ve written before that we will likely need conservative voices in order to get the best solutions to climate change enacted.
But that was written over 3 years ago.
Little since has been done to help and, in fact, the GOP leaders have moved backwards on much of this. But as the Sierra Club spokesman said:
“If you look at the scale of what we need to do on climate, you can’t do it with one party, you need Republicans too.”
So, while a little leery, I am really hopeful that sanity will be restored by spending a lot of money.
Unfortunately, the conservative money he is going against totals at least $2 billion.
But if conservatives in America continue their trend to acknowledge climate change and wish something to be done about it, perhaps things will change,
Or maybe some new solution that comes from the new minds seriously entering the discussion.
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