Republicans for Environmental Protection changes its name, since in general, Republicans aren't
Once upon a time, there were green Republicans.
Now the ranks of green Republicans have gotten so thin that the nonprofit Republicans for Environmental Protection is dropping “Republicans” from its name.
Well, that’s not how the group itself explains it. Jim DiPeso, policy director for the newly christened ConservAmerica, says, “We thought it was important to hammer home the connections between conservation and traditional conservative values.”
DiPeso says the Republican trend toward climate denial is “disturbing,” but his group certainly isn’t giving up on the party. ConservAmerica will continue spotlighting green Republican ideas and endorsing green Republican candidates, even if they’re few and far between these days.
The group was excited about Jon Huntsman — and they might have been the only ones. As Huntsman drily told Grist after dropping out of the Republican presidential primary race, his position on climate change “didn’t help at all” during the campaign.
As for Romney, says DiPeso, “We’re still trying to figure out the man and the candidate.”
ConservAmerica has reached out to the Romney campaign and offered to brief the candidate on environmental issues. I suggest they not wait by the phone.
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