Six Republicans named to House climate panel

Six Republicans named to House climate panel
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Six Republicans are joining the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis formed by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLawmakers, social media users praise photo of Pelosi confronting Trump Trump turns Pelosi's 'meltdown' criticism around: 'She is a very sick person' Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE (D-Calif.) in January.

GOP Reps. Garret GravesGarret Neal GravesLawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show Video of young boy shielding Greta Thunberg from photographers goes viral Climate activist Greta Thunberg implores lawmakers to 'listen to the best available science' MORE (La.), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithThe 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran Overnight Energy: Senate Dems introduce Green New Deal alternative | Six Republicans named to House climate panel | Wheeler confirmed to lead EPA Six Republicans named to House climate panel MORE (Va.), Buddy CarterEarl (Buddy) Leroy CarterMass shootings have hit 158 House districts so far this year Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control The Hill's Morning Report - Can Trump save GOP in North Carolina special election? MORE (Ga.), Gary PalmerGary James PalmerHouse passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Palmer's Paris agreement bashing lacks policy basis Tensions rise during GOP leadership meeting over dues MORE (Ala.), Carol MillerCarol Devine MillerGOP women's super PAC blasts 'out of touch' candidate in NC runoff GOP amps up efforts to recruit women candidates Kerry goes after Trump over climate on Capitol Hill MORE (W.Va.) and Kelly Armstrong (N.D.) will be sitting on the committee, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe comments and actions of Schiff demand his formal censure Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' during Syria meeting, top Democrats say Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (R-Calif.) announced Thursday.

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Graves will be the lead Republican on the committee, which is chaired by Democratic Rep. Kathy CastorKatherine (Kathy) Anne CastorClimate activist Greta Thunberg implores lawmakers to 'listen to the best available science' House approves two bills to block Trump drilling Pelosi, Schumer invite US women's soccer team to Capitol MORE of Florida.

Graves, a moderate Republican, served for years on Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, helping push through a multibillion-dollar coastal restoration and levee program following Hurricane Katrina, according to E&E News.

In a statement, he thanked McCarthy “for your confidence in me and a great group of members” chosen for the panel.

“So far, the entire climate debate covers only part of the whole equation. Energy production and consumption, mitigation and adaptation, and shared responsibility must be discussed if we’re truly going to be 'global' in this important conversation. And at the risk of being self-serving, there is no better place on the planet to begin this conversation than coastal Louisiana. I’ll treat for lunch,” Graves said.

He also has said he believes in climate change and was backed by the Environmental Defense Fund in his 2014 congressional race.

However, according to the League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group, he scored a 0 out of 100 on its recent voting scorecard released Wednesday. That meant he voted against their stance on environmental and public health matters in each of the 35 votes they recorded.

Other panel members received low numbers on the same scale, with Griffith getting a 3, Carter a 0 and Palmer a 0.

Griffith and Carter also currently serve on the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee, which oversees the Environmental Protection Agency. Miller and Armstrong hail from states with big fossil fuel ties.

The climate committee was formed as Pelosi’s response to calls from progressives to form a panel designed to focus specifically on mitigating the effects of climate change. Originally, freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez, Thunberg, Rapinoe make BBC's 100 most inspiring women of 2019 Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey endorses Biden Democratic strategist on Sanders debate performance: 'I just think he might've topped out' MORE (D-N.Y.) had championed a committee on the Green New Deal, which would draft a plan to get the country running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. Pelosi instead drafted the climate crisis committee, which will have no subpoena or legislative authority.

Ocasio-Cortez said she was asked to join the committee but declined. She later introduced a House nonbinding resolution on the Green New Deal.

Updated at 5:55 p.m.