These House Republicans Are Willing to Beat Back Anti-Environment Amendments. When Will They Start Supporting Real Climate Action?

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Although the House of Representatives is not good at passing pro-environment legislation, it did succeed last week in defeating three anti-environment amendments to the FY 2018 NDAA.

Scott Perry (PA-04) offered an amendment to strike the section of the NDAA that acknowledges that climate change is a national security issue and requires Secretary Mattis to prepare a report on vulnerabilities to military installations and combatant commander requirements resulting from climate change over the next 20 years.

It failed 185 to 234. 46 Republicans joined Democrats in voting it down.

Mark Amodei (NV-02)

Don Bacon (NE-02)

Mike Bishop (MI-08)

Jim Bridenstine (OK-01)

Vern Buchanan (FL-16)

Mike Coffman (CO-06)

Barbara Comstock (VA-10)

Ryan Costello (PA-06)

Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Jeff Denham (CA-10)

Charlie Dent (PA-15)

Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)

John Faso (NY-19)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)

Mike Gallagher (WI-08)

Garret Graves (LA-06)

Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09)

Darrell Issa (CA-49)

David Joyce (OH-14)

John Katko (NY-24)

Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)

Sam Knight (CA-25)

Leonard Lance (NJ-07)

Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)

Mia Love (UT-04)

Tom MacArthur (NJ-03)

Brian Mast (FL-18)

Martha McSally (AZ-02)

Pat Meehan (PA-07)

Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)

Tom Reed (NY-23)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

Ed Royce (CA-39)

Chris Smith (NJ-04)

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

Scott Taylor (VA-02)

Claudia Tenney (NY-22)

Glenn Thompson (PA-05)

Fred Upton (MI-06)

Greg Walden (OR-02)

Mimi Walters (CA-45)

David Young (IA-03)

Lee Zeldin (NY-01)

And two amendments sought to give the oil industry a boost over alternative sources of fuel. (Biofuels aren’t always done right, but, as this great primer from the Sierra Club explains, they can be.)

Ken Buck (CO-04), a major recipient of oil & gas money, offered an amendment to curtail Pentagon purchasing of alternative fuels.

It failed 203 to 218.

202 Republicans and 1 Democrat — oil industry ally Filemon Vela (TX-34) — voted for it, and 186 Democrats and 32 Republicans voted against it.

Here are the 32 Republicans:

Don Bacon (NE-02)

Rod Blum (IA-01)

Mike Bost (IL-12)

Vern Buchanan (FL-16)

Paul Cook (CA-08)

Ryan Costello (PA-06)

Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Charlie Dent (PA-15)

Tom Emmer (MN-06)

Ron Estes (KS-04)

John Faso (NY-19)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)

David Joyce (OH-14)

John Katko (NY-24)

Steve King (IA-04)

Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)

Jason Lewis (MN-02)

Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)

Roger Marshall (KS-01)

Kevin McCarthy (CA-23)

Kristi Noem (SD-AL)

Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Tom Reed (NY-23)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

John Shimkus (IL-15)

Bill Shuster (PA-09)

Adrian Smith (NE-03)

Chris Smith (NJ-04)

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

David Young (IA-03)

Mike Conaway (TX-11), another big recipient of oil & gas money, offered an amendment to prohibit the DoD from entering new biofuels contracts. He has long complained about the military purchasing biodiesel instead of petroleum.

His amendment went down 198 to 225.

Although four oil-friendly Democrats — Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Gene Green (TX-29), Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Filemon Vela (TX-34) — voted for it, 40 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against it.

Here are the 40:

Don Bacon (NE-02)

Rod Blum (IA-01)

Mike Bost (IL-12)

Susan Brooks (IN-05)

James Comer (KY-01)

Paul Cook (CA-08)

Ryan Costello (PA-06)

Kevin Cramer (ND-AL)

Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Tom Emmer (MN-06)

Ron Estes (KY-04)

Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)

Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01)

Bob Gibbs (OH-07)

Sam Graves (MO-06)

Clay Higgins (LA-03)

Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09)

John Katko (NY-24)

Pete King (NY-02)

Steve King (IA-04)

Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)

Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)

Brian Mast (FL-18)

Martha McSally (AZ-02)

Luke Messer (IN-06)

Tim Murphy (PA-18)

Kristi Noem (SD-AL)

Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)

Bill Posey (FL-08)

Tom Reed (NY-23)

Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)

John Shimkus (IL-15)

Adrian Smith (NE-03)

Jason Smith (MO-08)

Elise Stefanik (NY-21)

Greg Walden (OR-02)

Kevin Yoder (KS-03)

David Young (IA-03)

14 Republicans voted the pro-environment position in each case: Don Bacon (NE-02), Ryan Costello (PA-06), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), John Katko (NY-24), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), Erik Paulsen (MN-03), Tom Reed (NY-23), Dave Reichert (WA-08), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and David Young (IA-03).

These Republicans were willing to recognize the threat of climate change and say no to the oil industry here. But acknowledging a problem and rejecting bad ideas is only the first (and smallest step). We need bold, comprehensive policies — and fast. When it comes to that more pressing need, these Republicans always seem to be MIA.

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