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7 Republicans who really get climate change

By: Shea Gunther on Jan. 18, 2010, 12:05 p.m.
New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith

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New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith

New Jersey congressman Chris Smith has represented his state for more than 25 years and has been talking about global warming for nearly as long, sponsoring his first global warming-focused legislation in the late '80s. He's a member of the exclusive club of Republicans who have received the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters and he earned a rating of 77 percent for 2008. This year, Congressman Smith voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, only one of a handful of Republicans to do so. Perhaps most surprising, he cited the sound science behind climate change as a reason — he's no cherry-picking denier.