Pro-environment conservatives: Don’t let climate hoaxers spook you


The conservative, pro-environment group RepublicEN snuck a Halloween theme into its weekly newsletter Friday.

The letter cautions readers not to be scared of “climate hoaxers” and offers up a classic Halloween song to get folks in the spooky mood — the “Monster Mash.”

RepublicEN supports taking action to combat climate change through free market solutions and calls out conservative lawmakers who continue to deny the science.

In its weekly newsletter, the group features an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette guest article by Chris Casey arguing conservatives should embrace the idea of taxing carbon emissions.

The newsletter also highlights Miami Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo’s defense of his environmental voting record.

“I’m simply a reflection of what the free-market, small-government conservative party is going to look like in the future — whether it’s called the Republican Party or something else,” Curbelo said, according to the New York Times.

Curbelo filed a carbon emission tax bill earlier this year. He also founded the House Climate Solutions Caucus in the Florida House.

The nationwide organization is using its Halloween theme in jest. But that’s in staunch opposition to the scare tactics across the political spectrum in what has become a figuratively bloody mid-term election.

Groups nationwide are using Halloween as political fodder, a common practice considering Halloween typically falls about a week before Election Day.

Earlier this week, mailers went out to Tampa voters with an eerie Halloween feel telling voters to be afraid of two Democrats running for Hillsborough County Commission.

The tactic is especially relevant this year as political advertising spending has skyrocketed. The 2018 mid-term election is expected to be the most costly ever in the United States, and much of that spending is from outside groups pushing negative content

It’s as if scaring voters into choosing candidates and issues has become a better financial bet for campaigns and political groups that warm, fuzzy ads showing candidates strolling on the beach with their spouse, kid and a dog.

The RepublicEN newsletter instead calls for some good old fashioned scary movie binge watching. They recommend “Halloween” (the original), “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Conjuring.”

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


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