Today’s must read: New York Republicans are taking the lead on confronting climate change

Encourage Tour: This week marks the kick off of the Encourage Tour, a ten-city,ten-week whistle stop tour to honor and inspire courageous conservative climate leadership. The tour launches today at Houghton College in Houghton, N.Y. It will conclude at Rice University in Houston, TX on November 16.

“We choose New York because the growing Climate Solutions Caucus includesseveral conservative Members from New York and we want to celebrate theirleadership,” said former U.S. Congressman Bob Inglis, Executive Director ofrepublicEn.org. “We chose Houston to culminate the Tour because that’s wherePresident Kennedy called America to win the race to the moon.”

All hail the carbon tax: South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham asserted his support for a “price on carbon” at a climate change conference this week. “I’m a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming,” saidGraham. “A price on carbon—that’s the way to go in my view.”

Mais, non: White House economic advisor Gary Cohn clarified the President’s intent to exit the Paris Climate Accord. According to a White House official, “we are withdrawing from the Paris Agreement unless we can reengage on terms more favorable to the United States.” This position was “made very clear during the breakfast” hosted by Cohn for climate and energy ministers.

Save the Date: Citizens for Responsible Energy is sponsoring Clean Energy Week,September 25-29. Events are slated for Washington DC and across the U.S. Check into see how you can participate.
Stay tuned as the week progresses for more details from this week’s EnCourageTour stops and other news making actions.