The Dernogalizer

April 7, 2009

Green Republicans

Filed under: Energy/Climate — Matt Dernoga @ 12:29 am
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People think it’s impossible for Republicans to be green. Quite frankly, environmental protection, pushing clean energy, and fighting climate change should be non-partisan issues. However, they’ve boiled down to this for a couple of main reasons. One is that correcting for environmental externalities usually involves some sort of government involvement. The other is that Al Gore has become the face of the climate movement, and that puts a partisan face to the issue, even though it isn’t Al Gore’s fault because he’s been very aggressive in reaching out to Republicans. Al Gore’s organization “Alliance for Climate Protection” is run by a board made up of 4 Democrats, 4 Republicans, and 1 independent.

Presidential candidate John McCain might not have been nearly as green as Obama, but he was one of the first supporters of climate change legislation in Congress in the earlier part of this decade. Governors such as Charlie Crist, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jodi Rell, and Tim Pawlenty have supported many climate and clean energy initiatives in their states. Four of my closest friends that I went through high school with are conservatives. Three of them strongly favor the issues I mentioned at the start of this post. Believe it or not, it isn’t impossible to reach across the ideological divide on this, just near impossible. Unfortunately most Republicans will not support any kind of climate change solution put forth in the Congress because only the crazies for the most part are left in Congress. Below is a video of one who will. It\’s not impossible. See?

**Update 5/20/09**  Here is a column by the president of Republicans for Environmental Protection on the issue.

**update 5/22/09**  Here is a post on Grist by the vice president of Republicans for Environmental Protection

1 Comment »

  1. […] mentioned before not all Republicans have their heads in the sand on clean energy and global warming, just most. […]

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