Originally published on Eden Keeper.
There is no reason a Republican should be against environmental protection. For years, I’ve questioned why the party of President Richard Nixon, who created the Environmental Protection Agency, has fought so hard to destroy and undermine environmental regulations. Inhibiting growth of a green economy and destroying God’s creation seem contrary to typical conservative beliefs.
That’s why it was such a relief to see hundreds of members of the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform and the Christian Coalition bring a pro-environmental message to Washington, DC at a summit co-sponsored by the American Wind Energy Association. According to the groups, America’s renewable energy resources strengthen U.S. energy independence, transform local communities, and will improve the lives of American families for generations to come.
This isn’t the first time the Christian Coalition has made the case for renewable energy. Earlier this year, Roberta Coombs, the group’s president, made the case for solar power: “As conservatives, we stand up for our country’s national security and the health of our economy. And, as Christians, we recognize the biblical mandate to care for God’s creation and protect our children’s future.” Coombs stressed the importance of renewable energy to the United States’ security:
“Right now, the United States sends about a billion dollars a day to other countries to pay for what former President George W. Bush called our “addiction to oil.” Much of that money goes to countries that do not share our values. Some of the money goes to regimes that we would consider our enemies. There is evidence some of it ends up in the pockets of terrorists, and even funding our troops’ opponents on the battlefield.”
What a relief to see conservatives understand the importance of solar and wind power. If Democrats and Republicans could start seeing environmental protection as a bipartisan issue again, imagine how things could change for the better in the United States. Instead of feeding the wealthy and powerful oil barons, we could help new, sustainable businesses thrive and employ more Americans. And instead of polluting God’s creation and threatening our children’s future, we could protect clean drinking water and air.
Now if only some Republican leaders would listen to the Christian Coalition…
Photo by Art4TheGlryOfGod on Flickr.
Reprinted with permission.
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