WASHINGTON – Indiana Sen. Mike Braun’s Senate climate caucus, started a month ago with Delaware Democratic Sen. Chris Coons is now up to 10 members with the recent addition of Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
The first bipartisan Senate climate caucus will look into all forms of renewable energy, including the next generation nuclear, which is a zero-carbon energy source, the Indiana Republican said.
“I recognize and respect that Sen. Braun comes from a conservative state, a coal-producing state and that means that we have to listen to each other about … what sorts of investments and innovation are going to make possible a globally competitive economy here in the United States,” said Coons.
Last Thursday, after the Senate held a confirmation hearing for Dan Brouillette as President Donald Trump’s nominee for energy, Braun said he’s thrilled with the nomination, that the Senate will work with the Department of Energy on creating more sustainable climate solutions.
“Republicans are generally foot-draggers when it comes to any new issue. We get outmaneuvered by the other side with solutions that don’t make sense,” said Braun.
“I want to be in on the conversation.”
Braun and Coons agreed that there is no reason why a comprehensive climate change bill couldn’t be signed into law under Trump administration.