April 27, 2015

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Energy and the Environment

Did you know that nuclear and hydropower generated 6,000 terawatt hours of energy in 2011? Compare that to wind power which generated 450 terawatt hours and solar energy which generated less than 60 terawatt hours and you’ll soon discover the answer to lowering emissions of greenhouse gases and other toxins cannot rely simply in renewable […]


Michigan Republicans Leading Way on Energy Efficiency

Executive Director Rob Sisson recently participated in an energy efficiency toured sponsored by Christian Coalition, including a stop at Bell’s Brewery, a pioneer in micro-brewing and sustainability practices. See what Rep. Fred Upton and several state legislators have to say about the topic and the tour (YouTube video).

Ameren CEO On EPA Power Plant Rules

“With millions of people in Missouri and Illinois relying on us for safe, reliable and reasonably priced energy, we have to find responsible, practical ways to transition to a cleaner and more diverse portfolio. Our 20-year plan involves adopting a mix of coal, nuclear, natural gas and renewables, while improving energy efficiency, and reaches the […]


Rep. Fred Upton: Action Hero

A colleague described Michigan Congressman Fred Upton, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as a conservation action figure. In the past two weeks, he has sponsored two important water conservation bills. The Drinking Water Protection Act and the Micro-bead Free Water Act both bear Upton’s common sense, forward-thinking stamp. Upton, during his career, […]

Safe Harbor for Conservatives on Climate Change

“ConservAmerica conducted a number of public opinion surveys across the fruited plain in the run up to the 2014 midterms. From stern New Hampshire to tolerant southern California to the conservative heart of Texas, we gauged the electorate’s attitudes about climate change. A Majority of Republican voter’s attitudes have changed since 2003.” Read the results […]

Chairman Upton Urges Cooperation on Architecture of Abundance

On Wednesday, February 11, Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) opened a meeting of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz later addressed the committee. Upton said, “The areas of disagreement between Republicans and the Obama administration often get most of the attention. But while our differences remain, I’m one who will always look […]

Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Larry Bell (founder and CEO of Bell's Brewery, and Rob Sisson (Executive Director of ConservAmerica)

Energy and Commerce Committee Releases Architecture of Abundance framework

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has released the framework for its energy policy in this session of Congress. The committee, led by Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan, will begin rolling out legislation in specific policy areas in the coming months. ConservAmerica strongly supports the committee’s efforts to build economic and energy security for the U.S. […]

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) receives a Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Award at ConservAmerica's annual dinner in 2010.

Will Republicans Need a New Message….?

“I think there will be a political problem for the Republican Party going into 2016 if we don’t define what we are for on the environment,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said. “I don’t know what the environmental policy of the Republican Party is.” Roll Call published a piece on-line this week that asks the question, […]

Does Our Military Know Something We Don’t Know?

“While the causes of climate change and its impacts continue to be argued or ignored in our nation, the linkage between changes in our climate and national security has been obscured. Political concerns and budgetary limitations cannot be allowed to dominate what is essentially a salient national security concern for our nation. Our Congress, the […]

Will Obama’s Carbon Plan Even Work?

“While the very concept of what is “clean energy” may have been muddied by the ongoing political machinations in Washington, it has definitely earned bipartisan constituencies at both the state and federal levels. As such, the unyielding move to develop not just more wind and solar resources but also additional natural gas and nuclear energies […]

Regulators Question EPA Power Plant Rules

Texas and New Mexico regulators concerned about unrealistic targets. Article here.