Mark K. Matthews
E&E News reporter

Alex Flint sent the email at 5:24 p.m. on a Tuesday, but it had the tone of a middle-of-the-night manifesto.

In it, the conservative climate activist attacked one of the biggest barriers to progress on global warming — the continued denial of climate science by key voices on the right…

In an interview, Milloy brushed aside the findings and downplayed any significance of Republicans engaging more on global warming. Fighting government intervention on climate, he argued, is the correct conservative position.

He said the latest GOP posturing is nothing more than “greenwashing” and that he doesn’t expect Republican lawmakers to do much on climate change.

“They’re not going to do anything to hurt the oil and gas industry,” he said. “They won’t do anything to hurt the coal industry.”

And he applauded perhaps the biggest climate skeptic of them all: Trump. The president has described global warming as a Chinese hoax, and a key focus of his administration has been unraveling efforts by former President Obama to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“As long as President Trump is in the White House, there’s nothing happening on climate,” said Milloy, who served on Trump’s EPA transition team. “Nothing.”

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