5 Prominent Conservatives Currently Taking A Stance On The Environment

What do you think of when you think of an environmentalist? Is it a bongo-drumming, vegan, hippy at Berkeley? What if I told you conservation and the environment, by nature, are a conservative issue? Would you believe me? Well, there’s a group of conservatives out there determined to ignite a fire within the Republican party, shake things up, and bring the environment center stage. These leaders aren’t the first of their kind, former President Reagan was also big on protecting the environment. However, in today’s political climate, a conservative environmentalist sounds more like an oxymoron.

If you believe in small government and protecting our earth, you’re not alone. Here’s 5 prominent conservatives who are just like you:

Elise Stefanik

Not only is she the youngest female ever elected to Congress, but she is one of the leaders in conservative environmentalism. Representing Upstate New York, she is committed to defending the untouched nature in her district. She is also working to protect family farmers in order to ensure safer and more affordable food. Stefanik hopes to move our country to a more sustainable energy program, specifically wind and solar.

Debbie Dooley

This outspoken Tea Party leader is not only a powerhouse in the conservative movement, but a powerhouse in the push for renewable energy. In a tough battle against her political allies, she is spearheading a campaign in Florida to promote small private solar companies and consumer choice. On taking a stand against fellow conservatives she says, “I believe being good stewards of the environment God gave us should not be a partisan issue.”

Ryan Costello

You won’t find a climate change denier in this Republican Congressman. In fact, he is part of a group of Republican Congressmen who introduced a climate change solution bill in the house. He hopes the bill gains momentum within the Republican party saying, “The preservation of the environment and our natural resources for future generations should be a priority for us all.”

Carlos Curbelo

Congressman Carlos Curbelo is also working with Congressman Costello on creating a conservative solution to climate change. Representing the 26th district of Florida which includes vast amounts of wildlife and nature including the Everglades National Park, the Florida Keys, and Coral Reefs, he feels especially obligated to protect our environment. He hopes to bring people from both sides of the aisle together to combat climate change and rising sea levels.

Bob Inglis

Former South Carolina Congressman and current chairman of RepublicEn, Bob Inglis, is committed to changing the Republican view of the environment. In a recent interview with NPR, he proposed a revenue neutral solution that imposes a tax on imports with high emissions and cut taxes somewhere else. He is dedicated to warning others about the threat of climate change and won’t let President Trump ignore it.


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