Lots of conservatives care about the environment. I have worked in that area for over 20 years, but I’m also a realist about what is going on and what can be done about it.
Carbon dioxide emissions warmings are pure unadulterated bullshit, scientifically and rationally. Since plants thrive on CO2, if you cut down the amount, we will have less plants, less healthy ones, and an increase in deserts (sand creeps/sultation) due to a lack of vegetation.
What can be done is to promote the development of new scrubbing devices for coal-fired plants, taking out more sulfur, mercury, etc. while NOT penalizing the energy companies in an attempt to put them out of business.
America’s electrical grid is wobbly (just look at Katrina, Sandy, the derecho in Maryland/Virgina, etc.). Our nuclear power system is under unrelenting leftist environmental wacko attacks (yet they are the most reliable of all such systems).
New England might get a dose of its own liberal/leftist bullshit mentality this winter if it is a long and cold/harsh one. Their energy plants are being phased out (i.e. nuclear, possibly coal-fired) and not replaced. The same for California and a few other states.
No plants, no electricity, no heat, no nothing.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that you can’t have power/heat if there aren’t enough plants to feed a growing population with more buildings that need more power/heat. Solar energy doesn’t work during snowstorms or afterward if it is piled high and deep.
Remember, most people don’t have fireplaces (some places how now outlawed them) or their own private gas supplies. Kerosene only goes so far.
Liberals are the ones who need to be reeducated about the real world, not the other way run. Conservatives create jobs in the energy industry (oil, gas, equipment, pipelines, etc), not the liberals. Profits fund research into developing better ways of conservation and energy efficiency.
Almost all the “green energy” projects funded by the federal government over the past 4 years have been abject failures and have cost the taxpayers over ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Start with Solyndra and work your way up the food chain. The only ones to profit off of Obama’s “Green” policies have been his campaign donors and bundlers.
Where I come from, that is called “corruption”.
Recycling, keeping trash out of our streams and rivers (water supplies), practicing safe storage techniques for oil and gas, and adopting some realistic green energy programs is certainly acceptable to all Americans, not just liberal environmentalists.
I was a member of the National Wildlife Federation (where my wife once worked) or similar organizations starting in the mid-1950’s, long before this current crop of lefties were even born.
I’m tired of their pontifficating to me about my duty to go green. I was there long before they were even created, doing what I could, so, as the British would say, “Piss off” you sanctimonious little pricks.
As a civil engineer, my work involves dealing with environmental regulation on a routine basis. The regulations are a way of “paying for the sins of our fathers” and do nothing for the environment. To make matters worse not only must we deal with environmental justice we now have to submit reports on Cultural Justice as well. That means we have to explain and potential create solutions to offset project impacts to the minority cultures that may be affected by the project. This involves such things a impacts to cultural celebrations, publishing information in their native languages, etc, all because federal money is involved...