Bill Meadows, former President of The Wilderness Society, said, “Of all the groups working to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the most important is Republicans for Environmental Protection [now known as ConservAmerica].”
ConservAmerica was the only right-of-center organization that worked to pass the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which dramatically changed lighting efficiency in the U.S. ConservAmerica was credited with obtaining the necessary Republican votes to pass the Waxman-Markey climate bill in 2010. Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) said, “Without ConservAmerica, there would be no Gibson Climate Resolution.”
ConservAmerica was instrumental in passing the Sleeping Bear Dunes Wilderness Act of 2014 by working with the diverse stakeholders to build consensus and prove support to Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI), the author of the bill. The bill was the first wilderness bill passed in more than five years.
Later in 2014, ConservAmerica was the pivotal organization in getting several more wilderness bills to the House floor for a vote.
In 2015, ConservAmerica worked with Arizona Corporation Commissioner Tom Forese, the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Governor Ducey’s office, and Arizona Public Service to develop the School Energy Efficiency pilot program which assists financially challenged schools by providing energy efficiency investments and passes 100 percent of the cost savings to the classroom.
We are very active in the effort to grow the signatories to the Gibson Resolution, and advise a diverse coalition of groups working to seek common ground on climate, energy, public lands, and other environmental policy.
We continue to support climate realist Republican candidates in their elections to both public utilities commissions and to Congress.