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Liam Denning

The Republican Climate Plan Forgets About the Climate

The idea is merely to show a bit of green to voters in vulnerable Democratic House districts.

His party has a new climate plan.

His party has a new climate plan.

Photographer: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Congressional Republicans have partly unveiled their plan to save the planet. Beginning with roughly 190,000 square miles of it.

That’s the total area of the 31 most vulnerable Democratic districts heading into November’s midterms, as judged by the Cook Political Report. They skew, like most blue districts, toward cities and suburbs, with 21 rated “rural-suburban” or higher in the Bloomberg CityLabs Congressional Density Index. Only two are designated as “pure rural.” This, in turn, correlates with popular support for climate policy in most of these districts. On average, 61.2% of Americans living in them think Congress should do more to address climate change, according to polling by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. That’s a hair higher than the national average, which also shows a clear majority in favor.