Costello Joins Americans for Carbon Dividends As Managing Director
The group, co-chaired by former Sens. John Breaux and Trent Lott, advocates for a business-backed proposal to fight climate change with a carbon tax.
“As one of many Republican congressmen who just packed up their offices to make way for the Democratic majority, I’ve had time to reflect on what went wrong for the party. There are seismic political shifts under way on issues ranging from climate change to immigration to gun violence,” Costello writes in the opening paragraph of the op-ed. “If Republicans don’t adapt by offering meaningful solutions, the midterm losses could be only the beginning.”
Costello, who served two terms representing the 6th District in the Philadelphia suburbs, decided to not seek reelection last year due to a number of reasons, pinning President Trump and Stormy Daniels as one of the main reasons for stepping away.
I enjoyed serving in Congress. It was an honor. Now it’s done for me. I wish all those now serving the very best. Now I’m on to a new phase of life. Happy New Year to all. We all can do good in this world. And we all should do our best to do so. 🤘
— Ryan Costello (@RyanCostello) January 4, 2019
Americans for Carbon Dividends, (AFCD), specifically advocates for the “Baker-Shultz plan”, from former GOP Secretaries of State James Baker and George Shultz to “tax carbon dioxide emissions and return the money to individuals and families on a quarterly basis, according to The Hill.
Costello specifically cites the exodus of millenials from the Republican Party as a reason to tackle this issue.
“While climate change may not be a top-tier issue for many older Americans, it certainly is for millennials, who will soon be the nation’s largest voting bloc,” Costello writes in the op-ed. “Over the past two years, 23% of young Republicans abandoned the GOP for the Democratic Party.”
“The Republican Party needs to listen to these voters,” Costello writes referring to millennials. “Their generation is no longer passive: Young voter turnout in the midterms jumped 10 points above the 2014 numbers, a historic high. That electoral math should keep GOP strategists awake at night.”
The former Congressman also believes that “environmentally sound policies can benefit business”, citing Exxon Mobil, Walmart, and Apple for touting climate commitments and referencing their support for the U.S. to stay in the Paris Agreement.
Costello ends the op-ed by writing the Baker-Shultz plan is the climate solution best for the nation and the Republican Party.
“America could thereby lead the way in developing the clean technologies of the future and solving the most pressing global challenge of our time,” he writes. “In short, this is the climate solution that the American people and the Republican Party have been waiting for.”