In the last 20 years, more people have heightened their environmental awareness. According to a 2014 Huffington Post article, Americans increasingly understand the planet’s limited resources and ecosystems. Here are two Conservative thinkers who are at the forefront of the growing movement around environmental issues. These individuals are stepping up to promote eco-friendly solutions and working to change the way we see our role in the world.
Bob Inglis, a former congressman from South Carolina, is the executive director of RepublicEn, the conservative organization dedicated to fighting climate change. Inglis has been called “America’s best hope for near-term climate action” and his leadership has been paving the way for a bold response to the matter.
Last May, Inglis told Salon:
“Too often the environmental left presents only the danger and not the opportunity of climate change. Of course, it’s a danger—the science is very clear. But it’s also an incredible free-enterprise opportunity, because why do we have to be dependent on these stinky fuels? Why can’t we have cleaner air? Why can’t we have distributed energy systems that light up the world with more energy, more mobility, and more freedom? Why can’t we?”
With Inglis’s pragmatic approach, the climate discussion encourages relevant action, as opposed to implied judgment for consumers’ so-called lack of initiative.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) valiantly defended his position on the environment during his short 2015 campaign for the Republican nomination for president. Although Graham didn’t win the nomination, he successfully became a voice for the growing conservative awareness about the impact of climate change. Scientific American reports that “the number of conservative voters who believe in climate change has almost doubled in the past two years.”
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, Senator Graham (R-SC) called “climate change ‘real’ but rejected cap and trade as the policy mechanism to address the issue. ‘I would like to clean up the air and water, become more energy independent, create jobs,’ Graham said. ‘I’d like a lower carbon economy over time.’”
Of course, Senator Graham and Bob Inglis are just two of the bright minds of the Party who are lending their insight and expertise to the cause of environmentalism. Despite what some of us might read in the news or see in headlines, many conservatives are taking vital roles on this critical subject.
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