by Timothy Cama
E&E News reporter

The battle for the future of the Republican Party’s climate change policy was bubbling under the surface yesterday at the country’s largest annual conservative confab.

The Conservative Political Action Conference, held in suburban Washington, has long featured events and engagement from groups that challenge the scientific consensus that climate change is far and away being caused by human activity via greenhouse gases, such as the Heartland Institute and the CO2 Coalition.

But groups that seek support policies to fight climate change from the right, like republicEn and Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, are at CPAC, too, growing in power and visibility after years of attendance with little fanfare…

Steve Milloy, the author of the blog, when told that a number of conservative climate groups were at the confab, asked, “What are they doing here?”

“My view of those guys is that they’re trying really hard to manufacture a reality that anybody cares about them. Trump has 95% Republican approval, so I kind of view Inglis and those guys as 2% or 3%,” said Milloy, who worked on the Trump EPA transition team.

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