GOP lawmaker on climate tax credits: ‘A lot of them should stay’

By Timothy Cama | 06/05/2024 04:33 PM EDT

At POLITICO’s Energy Summit, a New York lawmaker threw his support behind incentives contained in the Inflation Reduction Act.

Reps. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa).

Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), co-chair of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), chair of the Conservative Climate Caucus, during POLITICO's Energy Summit in Washington on Wednesday. Rob Lamkey for POLITICO

The Republican leader of a congressional climate change caucus said he would not support repealing “a lot” of the clean energy tax credits in President Joe Biden’s 2022 climate law and indicated that many of his GOP colleagues would want to preserve them, too.

Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-N.Y.), who co-chairs the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, said at POLITICO’s Energy Summit on Wednesday that although no Republicans voted for the law that included $369 million worth of climate and clean energy programs, many of its provisions have GOP support.

And if former President Donald Trump wins reelection and the GOP stays in the House majority, many of those incentives would likely stay even if other parts of the Inflation Reduction Act are repealed, he asserted.


“I know I would not be supportive in repealing a lot of those tax credits. I think a lot of them should stay,” he added, noting that “you’re seeing a lot of companies spend a lot of money in red states” to get the tax credits for electric vehicle manufacturing, new nuclear power plants, clean energy research and development and more.