May 20, 2009

FACTS SCHMACTS:

Time for the GOP to become green (ROB SISSON, 5/20/09, Politico)

Republicans believe in protecting the environment. And we believe in playing it straight with the facts.

There are plenty of us green Republicans out here, including leaders like Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman — President Barack Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to China — Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Rep. Mark Kirk of Illinois, to name a few.

As Huntsman said last year, “If we’re going to survive as a party, we need to focus on the environment.”

But protecting the environment isn’t just political expediency; it’s core philosophy. We don’t think it’s a coincidence that “conservative” and “conservationist” sound so much alike.


Mr. Sisson then goes on to make exactly the mistake--ludicrous overclaims that he insists are facts--that makes conservatives react so hostilely to environmentalism. A true conservative environmentalism would be quite uninterested in all the academic falderol about "man-made global warming" yet would take significant steps to punish gasoline usage for principled reasons.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2009 7:37 AM
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