Lone Republican supporting a carbon tax fights to defend seat in Pennsylvania

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick will have the distinction of being the only Republican in Congress who backs a carbon tax if he can hang on to his seat covering the Philadelphia suburbs. Previous supporters of the policy are planning to retire or have lost their seats.

Climate change is not a dominant issue in his race, but Fitzpatrick is offering proposals that challenge GOP orthodoxy in order to win the support of college-educated suburban swing voters who value environmental protection and pragmatism.

Fitzpatrick, a 46-year-old former FBI agent, is an accountant by trade who understands the economic costs of ignoring climate change, friends and allies say, and appreciates carbon pricing for
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