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@Morning_Energy reports today on the formation of a new “advocacy organization focused on conservative clean energy & climate change solutions” called C3 Solutions, or the “Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions.”

I wandered over to its website & it's revealing. 1/
@Morning_Energy reports that 1 of the 2 co-founders of CS Solutions was the communications director for former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn — @LCVoters lifetime environmental voting record in Congress, 9%. scorecard.lcv.org/search?l=Coburn 2/
The 2nd co-founder was the chief of staff at the well-known climate change thought-leader, the @Heritage Foundation.

Advisory Board members include former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum — @LCVoters lifetime environmental voting record, 10%. scorecard.lcv.org/search?l=Santo… 3/
The Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions website is sparse, for now. There are pages for “About Us,” “Issues” and the group’s inaugural press release. c3solutions.org/about/ 4/
The C3 Solutions “About Us” page trumpets “Our Values”: People First, Free Enterprise, Responsibility, Civility, Property Rights, Fiscal Responsibility & Global Leadership.

The word “climate” appears ONCE in this 523-word section, in this sentence: “Climate is global.” 5/
Words or concepts that do NOT appear in the C3 Solutions “About Us” section: emissions, pollution, carbon dioxide, methane, reductions/reduce, cut, limit, or any notion related to these things. c3solutions.org/about/ 6/
The word “science” appears twice in the "About Us" section, in this sentence: “Skepticism is not hostile to science: it is science.”

'Climate skeptics,' of course, is what hard and soft climate deniers prefer to be called rather than climate deniers. 7/
@Morning_Energy observed that C3's launch “comes as polling suggests a shift among younger Republicans toward government action on climate change.”

But you won’t find a hint of support for government action—like, um, laws—in the C3 Solutions “About Us” or "Issues” pages. 8/
Rather, under the Free Enterprise value, one finds: “Promoting innovation and empowering entrepreneurs are the best ways to deploy new technologies that will create a healthy natural and economic environment.” 9/
‘Innovation, empowerment & technologies’ are, of course, today’s congressional Republican political bromides & rhetoric to avoid the necessary targets and measures that will limit dangerous emissions below levels needed to avert a climate crisis. vox.com/energy-and-env… 10/
For now, bromides & aphorisms pervade the C3 Solutions website.

Under “Property Rights”: “No one washes a rental car.”

Under Responsibility: “Each generation has a responsibility to leave the world better off than we found it.” 11/
Far from supporting or entertaining government action to reduce emissions, the “Fiscal Responsibility” value has this conventional Republican bromide: “Keeping government limited & efficient will encourage innovation & enable us to respond to unforeseen challenges.” 12/
The C3 Solutions “Issues” page is no more encouraging.

1. Understanding the Economic Impacts of Climate Change
2. Accelerating Energy Innovation
3. Developing a More Resilient Infrastructure to Natural Disasters
4. Agricultural Sustainability and Innovation 13/
In the 281-word "Issues" descriptions, the word “climate” appears 3 times. Words or concepts that do NOT appear in the C3 Solutions “Issues” section: emissions, pollution, carbon dioxide, methane, reductions/reduce, cut, limit, or any notion related to these things. 14/
One can only marvel that the #1 issue for a group named “Conservative Coalition for Climate Solutions” is not reducing emissions or averting the climate crisis, but “Understanding the Economic Impacts of Climate Change.” 15/
The other 2 mentions of “climate” appear in 2 gems: first, “[t]he climate change debate has been hijacked by political forces,” an amusing sentiment from a former staffer for Senator Tom “I am a global warming denier” Coburn. thehill.com/policy/energy-… 16/
In the C3 Solution’s press release, this co-founder takes a partisan political shot at the Green New Deal, suggesting the same political forces will continue to “hijack” the political debate for a while longer. 17/
The 2nd gem mentioning “climate” in the "Issues" section is this one: “It's time to promote an intellectually honest and evidence-based discussion about climate change and examine the human and economic costs of policy proposals.” 18/
That’s odd, because millions of people around the globe have been engaging in this “intellectually honest & evidence-based discussion” for a very long time.

We should look forward to what C3 Solutions will bring to start to promote that discussion. 19/
C3 Solutions’ “approach” to its #1 issue is to “examine the human & economic costs of policy proposals.”

That is, not offer solutions that will reduce emissions, but examine the costs of other people’s policy proposals that will reduce emissions.

Oh. 20/
C3's 2nd issue has more talk of innovation & technology, but not reducing emissions or the most *effective* ways to do so.

The 3rd issue is adaptation and “reducing costs” to taxpayers. (It’s also the only appearance of the verb, ‘to reduce’ on the entire website.) 21/
The group’s Issue agenda ends with “Agricultural Sustainability & Innovation,” to “study & promote sustainable agriculture & forestry.”

Good, important, safe work that’s far shy of what’s needed to begin to avert a climate crisis. 22/
@Morning_Energy has it right by pairing C3 Solution’s launch with the political-electoral observation that “polling suggests a shift among younger Republicans toward government action on climate change.” 23/
And C3 Solution’s inaugural press release speaks directly to that Republican political-electoral anxiety with this revealing headline, “We Cannot Let Progressives Own The Climate Debate” — and more Green New Deal-bashing. c3solutions.org/launch-release/ 24/
There’s nothing about C3 Solution’s launch supporting government action on climate change. Nothing supporting action on the scale needed to avert a climate crisis.

We should welcome them to the cause; but they really should consider dropping Solutions from their name. 25/25
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