Ecoright News Wrap October 4, 2017

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Happy Wednesday! What's on your radar? Here is what came across ours.

Caucus hits 60!: The House Climate Solutions Caucus added two more members, hitting the major 60 mark. Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA-45) is the latest and 30th Republican to join ranks.

Baker sells insurance: Former Secretary of State James A. Baker made a renewed push for a revenue-neutral carbon tax in a speech to conservatives late last week. "If properly implemented, the plan would substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions; at the same time, it would also substantially eliminate sometimes onerous regulations that are a hallmark of our current energy policy," Baker said. "By combining these two elements, the plan represents a good-faith effort, I think, to move beyond the rancorous debate that is surrounding today the issue of global climate change, and the need to find such a compromise solution is quite acute." His plan, predicated upon repeal of existing Environmental Protection Agency regulations intended to reduce carbon emissions, is designed to attract bipartisan support without growing the size of the federal government. "The carbon tax we propose would help steer the United States toward a path of more durable economic growth by encouraging technological innovation and large-scale substitution of existing energy sources. It would also provide much-needed regulatory relief to American industries."

Americans support action: In a new survey conducted by The AP-NORC Center and the Energy Policy Institute at The University of Chicago, 61 percent of Americans say climate change is a problem the federal government should address, including a majority of Republicans. The poll also looked at the economics and how much Americans are willing to pay each month toward climate policies.

Shake, shake, shake: A recent report predicts a severe increase in turbulence (181 percent increase over North America) due to climate change by 2050 to 2080. We hope we'll be too old to find out for ourselves...

Conservative Clean Energy Summit: This week, our friends at Christian Coalition and Young Conservatives for Energy Reform convene for the 3rd annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit. Last year, over 400 attendees came to listen and talk to conservative lawmakers about clean energy policy. Sen. Lindsey Graham will deliver the keynote tomorrow.

Quote/Tweet of the Day: At a meeting of the board of the National Mining Association, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said coal is "fighting back" and burning "cleaner than ever."

See you tomorrow and beyond!