Environmentalism the Conservative Way?

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Thursday, January 25, 2018


When the word environmentalism is uttered in a political conversation, conservatives tend to man the battlestations of their minds, preparing for a fierce debate on climate change, carbon taxes, or any standard big government policy.

Though Environmentalism has been at the forefront of Democratic policy in recent decades, a relatively new group called the American Conservation Coalition (ACC) has begun challenging this commonly held political trend, asserting that environmentalism should not solely be an issue dominated by left-leaning talking points.

The organization, though young in its existence, has already been making some impressive waves in the conservative community. Recently, they were able to create a hashtag, #WhyIConserve, which made it to number fifteen trending in the country and was acknowledged by conservative heavy-hitter Ben Shapiro, who tweeted “I conserve because it’s our duty to care for God’s creation #WhyIConserve.”

The organization also made an appearance at TPUSA’s 2017 Student Action Summit (SAS) with a panel consisting of Director of Strategy Matthew Mailloux, Development Director Danielle Butcher and Social Media Manager Elise Yost. With just over a minute passing in the panel, Yost quickly made it clear that ACC’s defining goal was, “advocating for free-market solutions to environmental issues…” Yost continued, “We’re here to say that we care about the environment as conservatives, but we don’t agree with the left’s ways of tackling these environmental issues. We want conservatives to come to the table on this topic because right now, the left dominates the conversation on the environment, and if we don’t propose our own solutions, we are stuck with the left’s big government policies, and we all know how those work out.”

According to Yost, ACC is committing itself to four primary issues: clean energy, land conservation, agriculture, and sportsman’s rights. As is their credo, Yost emphasized that free market solutions were the goal and that the group would pursue such by endorsing “Pro-Growth, Pro-Environmental Republicans.”

Though this is all well and good, and ACC’s love for the environment as a conservative group is admirable, it does not seem as if it has any concrete policies or free market solutions set up to deal with the environmental problems we face. In other words, for the time being, what we have is broad gestures and statements, rather than any real, cohesive solutions.

Despite such a drawback, when I say the ACC is a young organization, I mean really young. ACC was formed on July 26, 2017, meaning that it’s not even a year old, and it seems as if the group has taken note of this concern. To quote ACC’s platform, “Our positions will continue to expand…. To cast the widest net of support across the aisle, we are advocating for simple policy points to start.” They continue to say, “ [As] a newly launched organization, we are still working to finalize deep, expansive policy points as an organization.”

ACC shows an ample amount of promise, and, despite still having to mold its very identity, the group is surrounded mostly by passionate and innovative people who seek to make the association’s greatest aspirations a reality. If they keep on track and stick to their conservative roots, the sky is the limit.

Eric Shaffer is an author, contributor to various outlets and host of The Shaffer Hour. Eric values intellectual honesty and truth above all else in politics and reporting. As a conservative, Eric spreads a message of logical thought and reason in the political realm.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Eric Shaffer

Eric Shaffer is an author, contributor to various outlets and host of The Shaffer Hour. Eric values intellectual honesty and truth above all else in politics and reporting. As a conservative, Eric spreads a message of logical thought and reason in the political realm.

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