Republicans embrace IRA at POLITICO Energy Summit

By Andres Picon, Timothy Cama | 06/06/2024 06:46 AM EDT

Lawmakers also addressed permitting and grid legislation, with one Republican doubting action this year.

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.).

Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) on Wednesday during POLITICO's Energy Summit in Washington. Rob Lamkey for POLITICO

A contingent of congressional Republicans said Wednesday that they still take issue with the Biden administration’s landmark climate law — but they’re not willing to repeal the whole thing.

Speaking at POLITICO’s Energy Summit, GOP lawmakers across the party’s ideological spectrum — from Western fossil fuel champions to leaders of the conservative climate movement — said they would want to protect certain energy tax credits in the Inflation Reduction Act should former President Donald Trump win a second term in November.

As Republican-led states reap a majority of the subsidies from the IRA, the lawmakers’ comments Wednesday were among the boldest GOP endorsements yet of the law.


They underscore the party’s quiet embrace of the Inflation Reduction Act’s economic impact in communities across the country. They also highlight a possible point of intraparty tension on energy policy as Trump and other conservative Republicans threaten a wholesale repeal of the 2022 climate law should they take control of Congress and the White House.