Last year, Faison founded and put $165 million into his ClearPath Foundation to promote clean energy and solutions to climate change. Heâ€™s starting to spend it in a campaign to persuade Republicans to accept the science and start to talk about solutions instead. ClearPath.orgÂ just had its official rollout this week.
â€œClimate change is both the greatest risk and the greatest opportunity of our time,â€ says the site. â€œMost experts strongly urge us to act on the risks. The most actionable solutionâ€”a switch to clean energyâ€”is already underway. We just need to accelerate the transition.â€
â€œI always felt a little alone out there as a Republican, and so I started ClearPath to create a dialogue around this in a way that hadnâ€™t been done before and sort of be part of the solution,â€ Faison told Politico. â€œWe think that there are real Republican solutions to the problem.â€
Now heâ€™s pledged to put $10 million into a 501 (c) 4 nonprofit, a political advocacy group to push Republicans toward more reality-based positions on climate issues. The group â€œwill reward thoughtful response to the issue,â€ he said. Itâ€™s a sort of conservative counterpart to Tom Steyerâ€™s liberal NextGen Climate, which is working to call out climate-denier candidates.
â€œMillennials especially want to see forward looking leadership that acknowledges the realities of today,â€ he told the National Journal. â€œI think itâ€™s a brand issue. How our party and our presidential candidate talks about it will have a significant impact over voter perception, and I think the Democratic candidates know this.â€
â€œNothing would be better for the planet than a bipartisan effort to put forward solutions to the tackle the climate crisis,â€ said Debbie Sease, Sierra Clubâ€™s DC Bureau Chief.Â â€œTime will tell how effective this approach proves to be, but Jay Faisonâ€™s forward thinking investment is hard to ignore. We look forward to the dialogue.â€
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