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Date: 4/19/2023

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Hatch Foundation & American Conservation Coalition Host Congressional Climate Bootcamp

WASHINGTON — The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the American Conservation Coalition convened members of Congress, policy experts, and stakeholders for a Congressional Climate Bootcamp focused on exploring innovative bipartisan solutions to address climate change. The event featured speakers including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), House Science, Space, and Tech Committee Chair Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), and Conservative Climate Caucus Chair Rep. John Curtis (R-UT).

The event centered on exploring ways to change the narrative and provide a platform for bipartisan discussion to confront our changing climate. It also highlighted the important role of young people in shaping the future of environmental policy.

“Young Americans want to know that their leaders are prioritizing both our economy and our environment,” said American Conservation Coalition President Benji Backer. “The Congressional Climate Bootcamp we co-hosted today was an incredible opportunity for us to share this message directly with the Members of Congress who represent our thousands of activists across the country.”

“I’m grateful to The Hatch Foundation and ACC for bringing us together and for its work to show that Republican energy solutions are climate solutions,” said House Energy & Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “Here in the U.S., we are blessed with abundant energy resources, which have helped to raise the standard of living and lift people out of poverty. Our abundant energy resources have unleashed prosperity and invited people from around the globe to come to America to achieve their hopes and dreams. We’ve accomplished this as a leader in reducing emissions and with the highest environmental and labor standards in the world. Energy and Commerce Republicans are working to continue this important tradition by promoting practical climate and energy solutions that encourage innovation and make life more affordable for Americans.”

“It was a pleasure to join today’s Congressional Climate Bootcamp to speak on innovative climate solutions,” said House Science, Space, and Technology Chairman Frank Lucas. “To make real progress in addressing the pressing climate challenges we face today, investment in American research is critically needed to develop next-generation clean energy technologies that will provide long term, reliable solutions. The talent of our scientific community is unmatched, and there is a lot of climate-focused innovation to be excited about.”

“Thank you to the Hatch Foundation and ACC for hosting this event, it exemplifies the spirit of collaboration that is essential to addressing these complex climate issues,” said Rep. Curtis. “I am inspired by the engagement across the country in this critical conversation.”