November 29, 2015

Conservation is Conservative


“Edward Flattau, an environmental newspaper columnist writing for the Huffington Post, notes that poll after poll confirms that the partisan division over climate change is breaking down among millennials, as the perceived risks make a “better safe than sorry” approach ever more attractive. Evangelical millennials tend to acknowledge the climate change threat in contrast to […]

Laudato Si: Pope Francis

The long anticipated encyclical from Pope Francis, Laudato Si, was released today. It will take days, maybe weeks, to read and comprehend the entire document, but we thought we would share this excerpt that speaks to the conservative mind: “The notion of the common good also extends to future generations. The global economic crises have […]

S & P Issues Climate Risk Report

Wall Street

Wall Street’s business is to quantify risk. Standard & Poor’s issues a new report titled “Climate Change Will Likely Test The Resilience Of Corporates’ Creditworthiness To Natural Catastrophes” “It’s unlikely that any company on its own can take adequate risk measures or purchase sufficient insurance to protect itself in the event of extreme natural catastrophes. […]

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 […]

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 […]

PricewaterhouseCoopers tallies up Climate Balance Sheet

With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. James West writes at The Atlantic’s CityLab about the report from PricewaterhouseCoopers here. To read the entire report by PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Two […]

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.

Jon Huntsman Jr Calls for GOP Leadership on Climate

Gov.  Jon Huntsman Jr. keynoting ConservAmerica's annual Theodore Roosevelt Banquet in 2011

“TO waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” These words were spoken by one […]

Pipelines, trains, or trucks: Let’s have a discussion

Oil train incident in Lac Megantic, Quebec.

There’s been a lot of news lately about accidents involving pipelines, trains and trucks hauling oil. The latest news is several train cars derailing over Philadelphia’s Schuylkyll River. Read a report here. Here’s a Grist column from the past weekend about exploding rail cars. For purposes of this discussion, let’s make the following assumption: Canada […]