Okay, so here’s the deal. February 2024 was globally the hottest February on modern record. It’s also the NINTH MONTH IN A ROW that a month has beat out all other months for the heat record. So, March… what do you have? Hopefully not more of the same.

This week’s must read: John Curtis, a Utah Republican, wants to make climate change a bipartisan issue. But does his party care? (Sierra)

We know he’s the frequent topic of profiles like this, but that’s okay, we can’t get enough of Mr. Curtis!

From the article:

“Curtis already has something of a climate-action track record. He advocated for climate policies during his reelection campaign in 2020 and attended the United Nations climate change conference for the past three years. In 2021, he founded the Conservative Climate Caucus, which believes that “the climate is changing, and decades of a global industrial era that has brought prosperity to the world has also contributed to that change.” With more than 80 members, it’s one of the largest caucuses in the House Republican Conference. To some people, the growth of the caucus is evidence that there’s potential for Curtis to move the Republican Party on climate change issues.”

In his own words:

“We want to work together as Republicans and Democrats, because at the end of the day, we all care about leaving the earth better than we found it,” Curtis told Sierra. “That’s how I talk about it—who doesn’t want to leave the earth better than we found it?”

EcoRight Speaks, Season 8, Episode 2: Dr. Holly Krutka

Welcome to episode two, featuring Dr. Holly, Krutka, the Executive Director of the University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources where she oversees an interdisciplinary academic, outreach and research program focused on serving the Wyoming energy and extractive sector.

Listeners asked to learn more about CCS and Dr. Krutka is the person to lead this conversation. She holds several patents focused on carbon capture, has served in leadership positions in the federal advisory committees and has served as a judge on several XPRIZE competitions focused on novel carbon capture and removal technology development. She is a board member of the Western Research Institute, an ex-officio board member of the Wyoming Energy Authority and a committee member on the Idaho National Laboratory Energy and Environment Science & Technology Strategic Advisory Committee. Dr. Krutka holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, both in chemical engineering.

We are honored that she took time to be on the show and demystify CCS for us. Check out the episode and let us know what you think.

Coming up next week, NBC climate reporter and meterorologist Chase Cain!

Young GOP voters heavily favor clean energy, acknowledge human contribution to climate change:

Recent Pew Research Center analysis found that 79 percent of GOP voters aged 18 to 29 acknowledging that human activity contributes to climate change. In addition, two-thirds of this bloc prefer to see solar and wind development over increasing fossil fuel production.

“As the climate conversation advances on the political right, we see more and more support for energy options that don’t create carbon pollution,” past podcast guests and CCL conservative outreach director Drew Eyerly noted in an email to E&E News.

In addition, Pew found that among those Republicans who report experiencing extreme weather impacts in their community, a majority (76 percent) tie these events to climate change to some extent. 34 percent say climate change has contributed a lot to these extreme weather events.

Goodbye, friends! See you… on the Ides of March!