Environmentalists are searching for a Rob Portman to call their own — a high-profile Republican who would emulate the Ohio senator’s flip on gay marriage, only this time by supporting action on climate change.
But the search for that elusive green Republican has so far come up short — and the prospects aren’t looking good in the short term.
That hasn’t stopped climate activists from sending people to GOP lawmakers’ district offices during the August recess, running ads lambasting “climate change deniers” in Congress and pushing to make global warming a decisive issue in the 2014 and 2016 elections.
Activists concede that the final push may have to come from circumstances beyond their control, for example from a Republican whose state starts feeling the brunt of climate change. But even that’s far from a foolproof strategy, given the years of hurricanes that have devastated red states in the South without swaying political leaders’ minds.
TVNL Comment: Looking for an intelligent Republican? Lotsa luck. Why is this described as a debate between 'environmentalists' and the GOP? Climate change is a fact supported by empirical science. Are we still debating the Flat Earth folks? Geez.