And we do have a position on taking care of our planet!

 

From the chair – At the most recent meeting of the BCGOP Executive Committee, we were pleased to have Jim Tolbert – of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby to offer us his insights on how Republicans can best respond to the issue of “climate change” as a public policy concern. We appreciated Jim’s effort to stir us up on this issue. We agree with others that being able to understand and talk about our environment is a necessary skill set for all engaged Republicans. With such in mind, the BCGOP has taken the information we received from Jim, blended it with our values and crafted a conservative take on how best to take care of our environment.

Conservatives like the idea of conservation. If you’ll look at the root word for “conservative” at the bottom of our page, you’ll note we like to “manage things wisely, preserve, save.” In the case of the planet – the air we breath, land we walk, water we drink, and food we eat, we like to think in terms of doing just that.

We also understand the importance of facts. To manage anything wisely you have to know what you’re dealing with. In applying our conservation leanings to the planet, one bit of information really stands out – Co2 levels have risen dramatically since the dawn of the industrial age. The chart at the left puts it all into focus.

Yes, we understand, that like all good conservatives, you are probably a bit skeptical of this “statistic.” Let us put your mind to rest. The data comes from a host of reliable samples across many sources using diverse methodologies. One of those – and arguably the most reliable – involves ice core samples going back literally hundreds of years. It would be next to impossible for so many people to cheat on this reliable CO2 measurement.

Honestly, accepting the Co2 numbers if not really a problem. We encourage Republicans to avoid wasting time attempting to challenge this piece of the puzzle. Besides, that’s not where Brand-X – the source of our skepticism – cheats the facts and oversteps their bounds. The left doesn’t bother trying to exaggerate Co2 figures. The get ample opportunity for that bit of fun in drawing conclusions on the impact of Co2.

That’s where Republicans draw the line. We believe the science is very primitive in its ability to predict where our weather patterns and greenhouse gas impact concerns are headed. We’ve seen too many false catastrophic assumptions come and go. Worse, we’re very tired of elitist know-it-all prognosticators scaring us all to death and using their assertions to expand government and otherwise exercise their fascinating obsession with seizing control over everything that moves or can be taxed or regulated. Whew, that was a mouthful.

We don’t believe anyone knows what rising Co2 levels are going to do with the planet. We do know that extremes breed extremes and that such a sharp rise predicts potential impact that we shouldn’t ignore.

What should we do? Well, let’s start by celebrating carbon energy sources. We get it that without coal, oil, gas and other fossil fuels a whole lot of people would be in a lot worse place that we find ourselves in today. Thanks to fossil fuels, the past century has seen unprecedented improvement in quality of life, economic vitality, health and opportunity for all people – all over the world. That’s a good thing and we don’t want to stand by and allow anyone to reverse that equation.

At the same time we appreciate what we have, we can look forward to new opportunities. It’s a good bet that the sun – arguably the source of all other energy options – will play an even bigger role in our energy future.

All this can be summed up by saying the Republican position accepts the fact we have a developing Co2 problem – nobody really knows what the impact will be – and that we would like to keep America warm, mobile, employed and fed as we seek solutions.

So what’s the Republican position on solutions? Well, that’s pretty simple too. We like the nurturing hand of our free enterprise system better than we do the controlling grip of government. We are looking for solutions that reward more than they punish; put opportunity into the working hands of creative entrepreneurs; and embrace competition as the answer to most man-made dilemmas.

What’s an example? Well, take my 2018 Subaru 4-wheel drive Outback. It’s fast, comfortable, quiet, roomy and great in the snow. It also gets about 33 miles to the gallon on the highway. That’s about triple what a 4-wheel drive vehicle would get in the seventies. That means one person today in my car has the same carbon footprint as three people a few decades back. That’s progress; that’s the free-market; and that’s a real solution.

Going forward, if things accelerate, we may have to start incentivizing folks to pursue more efficient vehicles, heating and cooling sources, and other opportunities to get ahead of the numbers on Co2 and other emission concerns. Republicans know we can do it – we also know government will play a part. We just want to make sure it is a realistic, helpful and appropriately constrained part.

In the mean time we can all do our little part to “conserve and manage wisely” without jumping into the man-made climate change hysteria of the left.

America has a great history of catching on at the right time in the right ways and fixing what’s ailing us.

I have fond memories of night time trout fishing in the French Broad river of my youth. It was a great place to fish, but you never ate what you caught. The constant need to pull the toilet paper off our hook told us all we needed to know. Now look at the French Board. We fixed it and we didn’t need to stomp a mud hole in property owners and people to do it.

When it comes to our planet, Republicans recognize we live on a self-correcting world. We understand the law of unintended consequences and that it sometimes results in problems that are better solved by evolution – not revolution.

The left doesn’t get that concept. Every time we run a little bit off the road, they have a habit of jerking the wheel into oncoming traffic. A whole lot of that excess Co2 we’re generating is coming from the gas they’re emitting with vanity positions and catastrophic declarations. Case in point – Al Gore. Anyone living in a mansion, driving black SUV’s, and flying in private jets – all of which rely predominantly on heavy doses of carbon energy – and claiming to be a conservation champion is dishonest and seriously deficient in credibility.

In contrast, Republicans want to be real about taking care of our planet. Our approach is as simple as counting to 4.

  1. We believe rising Co2 levels matter – we resist emotional assumptions on the impact.
  2. We are grateful that we have fossil fuels to keep us warm, mobile, employed and fed – those goal matter.
  3. We believe that the free-enterprise system of incentives and competition represent a better source of solutions than expanded government bureaucracies and centralized authority.
  4. We believe our personal footprint matters most¬† – and work to leave the world better than we got it – in all ways…

Why? Because – per our guiding principles and platform, Republicans are conservatives. We know where we come from…

 

Conserve [v. kuh n-surv] To use or manage wisely; preserve; save

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