February 1, 2015

Conservation is Conservative

Will Republicans Need a New Message….?

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

“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, […]

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.

The Oracle of Oil: (Natural) Gas’er Up.

Pickens said. “Here [in the United States] it’s pretty well left up to the markets, and so the way you get to the same answer is because it’s cheaper and cleaner.” T. Boone Pickens discusses the current global oil market and natural gas fueled cars.

EPA Proposed Regs Conflict with Reality

“That is not how we plan for energy,” Barr said. “We have out-of-state owners with plants in Arizona. We have our own out-of-state renewables. The state-by-state look is in conflict with that approach.” Salt River Project officials point out some of the reasons why we need a thoughtful, engaged legislature to take up the policy […]

Fusion Power: Within A Decade

“If successful, Lockheed’s latest effort “could change civilization as we know it,” Gizmodo predicted on Wednesday, by giving the world a portable power source unlike anything already available.” Lockheed announces major fusion breakthrough.

Department of Defense Climate Change Adaptation Report

United States Department of Defense weighs in on climate change impact on U.S. defense: “[C]limate change has the potential to exacerbate many of the challenges we are dealing with today – from infectious disease to terrorism. We are already beginning to see some of these impacts. A changing climate will have real impacts on our […]

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 […]

Secretary Hank Paulson on Climate Risk


“The solution can be a fundamentally conservative one that will empower the marketplace to find the most efficient response.” Read the entire piece here.

Sen. Grassley on Wind Power

Sen. Charles Grassley R-IA

Today (May 15), Iowa Republican Senator Charles Grassley delivered a strong speech in the well of the U.S. Senate on wind energy and energy incentives: “I’m aware that some of my colleagues have expressed opposition to some of the provisions in this package. I’d like to specifically respond to claims that have been made about […]