What Utah Republican John Curtis is bringing to the U.N. climate summit

Curtis also wants to propose a Republican path to a green future – one that does not include the “Green New Deal” or the “demonization of fossil fuels.” The GOP has long had a reputation for indifference to environmental issues, fueled by the presence of notable climate change deniers within the party.

“If we follow the Republican path, we don’t have to cut US jobs, we don’t have to export our jobs overseas and expose ourselves to our enemies,” Curtis told hostess Margaret Brennan. “We have ideas that improve the US economy that rely on US technology and US innovation, such as new nuclear weapons.”

The Utah Republican is a proponent of nuclear energy as an alternative to fossil fuels. Concerning voters not wanting nuclear power plants in their backyards, Curtis said, “US innovation and technology can get us past the concerns we have with nuclear energy, be it safety or whatever those concerns are . ”

“We don’t have to accept the old generation of nuclear power,” he said.

But Curtis’ ambitions – investments that could take years to bear fruit – face a major hurdle: addressing the urgency of the climate crisis. However, Curtis said he had “full confidence” in the free market to address the problem quickly enough without the aid of tax credits or government subsidies.

“That’s not to say that we don’t matter as a government, that we shouldn’t be looking for these areas to incentivize and help and poke and poke along the way,” Curtis said. “But we need all hands on deck, you know, and we need to talk bipartisan about it and not just the extreme ideas that, by the way, have led us in a terrible direction.”

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