The Republican Party has been the party of endless energy.
But the party is also, for some reason, in the midst of a long-term struggle with energy and climate change.
So, it seems, Republicans need to change their tune.
Politico reported that the GOP is trying to make a big deal about the lack of energy in the party: The Energy and Commerce Committee will soon hear testimony from three top GOP energy and environment officials, all of whom are members of the energy and environmental group the American Petroleum Institute.
“This committee is committed to getting energy forward,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday.
“It is our job to put a face to the GOP’s energy strategy.
We need to put it on the map, so people understand why it is so important to invest in energy.”
This, from a party that is supposed to be about jobs and the economy.
But when it comes to energy, Republicans seem to have little regard for what the energy industry really is.
The GOP’s new energy strategy is to get energy out of the political process.
They are using it to attack Democrats for not investing enough in renewables.
They want to block any attempt to regulate the industry.
And the strategy has been a big hit with the Koch brothers, who have spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting right-wing candidates and causes.
The Kochs, who made a fortune off the fossil fuel industry, have been very critical of the GOP, including when Republicans used their power to block a clean energy bill.
“I think we’ve had a very successful year,” the Kochs said in an interview with the Washington Post.
“And that is, we have taken the Republican Party and made it the Republican party of the future.
And we are going to do that again in 2018.”
But, as Politico points out, Republicans are going through a very similar struggle with climate change: There’s no reason to believe that the party has been making much progress on this issue in recent years.
The party’s energy and energy policy, which has been largely driven by oil and gas interests, has been extremely unsuccessful.
It has been an ineffective strategy for keeping the planet safe from climate change, and has had disastrous effects on the environment.
“The party is trying, in its attempt to control energy, to control the environment,” said Mike McKenna, the president of the Center for American Progress.
“This is not something that is going to change very much.
And it is not going to be a sustainable strategy for a long time.”
As for the party’s strategy for addressing climate change — and even, you know, addressing climate disruption, something that the Koch-backed Republican Governors Association has said they support — the GOP seems to be on the right track.
In fact, they are going all-in on climate change and have a new plan.
In its first major speech on climate issues, the Republican Governors’ Association said, “We are focused on the fact that climate change poses a threat to the environment, the safety of our communities, and our economy.
The only way we will stop climate change is to do what it takes to make sure the planet we live on is safe from its impacts.”
And the party isn’t going to get much traction for that plan on the campaign trail, but they are trying to do it anyway.
“We’re not going anywhere,” said McKenna.
“As a party, we’re going to have to change.
We’re going be the party that brings in people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, all races, all religions, and all walks in our communities.”
And Republicans are not just talking about climate change but also how they can address it.
In his State of the Union address last year, President Trump said, “…
I have a vision of a clean and secure America.
And I have a bold vision for the American people.
A new era of American prosperity.
A prosperous America for all Americans.”
The GOP has been fighting to keep America safe from the threat of climate change for a while now.
But for a party to become the party it wants to be, it has to start thinking about how to address climate change as an issue, instead of just as a way to gain votes.