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Former Republican Lawmaker Warns GOP About Climate Inaction

  • Centrist Ryan Costello says Republicans shouldn’t cede issue
  • Cap-and-dividend plan has backing from Exxon, ConocoPhillips
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Republicans are at risk of losing more seats in Congress if they don’t start offering real solutions to climate change, said a former GOP representative who has joined a high-powered lobbying effort on the issue.

Ryan Costello, a centrist who didn’t seek re-election from his southeastern Pennsylvania district last year, said Republicans are ceding the debate to Democrats as they struggle to respond to some of the nation’s biggest challenges.