A growing number of Republican politicians are suddenly talking about climate change. Some of them have even introduced climate policy.

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Illustration: Grist / Amelia Bates

By Zoya Teirstein

“We should be a little nervous,” U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California said to a room full of his fellow conservatives at a political conference in Georgia last October.

McCarthy had little obvious reason to be on edge — the House minority leader was in the majority that day at the Washington Examiner’s annual political summit at Sea Island, a five-star resort. …



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