CNN investigated the young conservatives that care about climate change. Conservative party members on the younger end of the spectrum are trying to convince their party that climate change is a real issue. The 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) had a booth of young climate activists trying to gather momentum for climate change.

The Pew Research center has publicized research that said 78% of millennial republicans think America should focus on renewable energy, not fossil fuels. Kiera O’Brien is a Harvard senior and Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends (YCCD) founder, told CNN, ” This is really a generational issue. We believe that people my age and a little bit older are really waking up to the problem that is climate change on both sides of the aisle.”

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University of Washington senior Benji Backer created a like-minded group, the American Conservation Coalition. He attended CPAC and spoke to a large crowd of excited climate-conscious conservatives.

These young climate activists lack the urgency touted by Greta Thunberg. Backer told CNN, “I think that there are ways to transition over multiple, multiple decades to cleaner technologies.”

While Backer doesn’t think a carbon tax is necessary, O’Brien does. YCDC promotes the “Baker-Shultz plan,” which promotes carbon tax, a dividend to American families and taxes imported fossil fuels.

Both activists are concerned with President Trump’s record on the environment. But O’Brien thinks he could change his mind and Becker was hopeful that he considers climate change to be real. Both are hopeful that attitudes in all parties can be more tuned into climate change.

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Read more about politics and climate change, including Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, COP25 and how young republicans are pushing for climate action and our coverage on why climate change is a top priority for young voters, the Green New Deal, and have a quick look at the 2020 democratic presidential candidates’ current plans on climate change and watch them discuss their views in Weather Channel’s Race to Save The Planet Forum.

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