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GOP members of Congress lobby oil companies to do more to fight efforts to battle climate change

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See if you can read that sentence all the way through without achieving Susan Collins-level brow-furrowing.

 The G.O.P.’s opposition to action on climate change has transcended crass calculation to become an article of faith. Several red states, including Texas and Louisiana, have taken steps to penalize financial firms that say they are reducing their investments in fossil fuels, even though these steps are likely to cost the states’ taxpayers money. As the I.R.A. was headed toward a vote, the Wall Street Journal reported that congressional Republicans were pressuring fossil-fuel companies to take a stronger stand against the bill. G.O.P. lawmakers, according to the Journal, had “become frustrated” by the oil companies’ support for some measures to combat climate change, and so they took to lobbying the lobbyists.

As Scott has often pointed out, if these people were merely venal we would be in a much better situation. Unfortunately, a lot of them are zealots undergoing a process of cumulative radicalization.

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