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Why the US Will Soon Be The Environmental Leader

by asdf Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 11:11:24 AM EST

There's widespread frustration with America's wasteful attitude towards energy consumption and the environment in general. It's usually assumed that since the Democrats are the "leftist" party, they are therefore more in tune with environmental issues. And since the Republicans are in power, those issues will stay on the back burner, right?


Prepare yourself for an aggressive American movement on the environment, driven by the right wing of the Republican party!

The American conservation movement was originally kicked off by Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, when in the early 1900s he set aside over 200 million acres of national forest. In the following century the focus on the environment gradually shifted left on the political spectrum, to the point where now most people assume that the Democrats are the more effective party when it comes to "saving the earth."

But that's about to change. There is a growing awareness in the Republican party that the earth's environment is at risk. And the fundamentalist evangelical churches are right in the middle of the discussion, with a growing conservationist movement that has the potential of turning conventional wisdom on its head.

Check out http://www.rep.org/ or http://www.conservamerica.org. The fundamentalist Christians have already started to frame "saving God's creation" as a political position, as at http://www.earthlight.org/...

They even have a name for it: "Creation Care." http://society.guardian.co.uk/... They have conferences on ths subject, and people like the New Life Church's Ted Haggard SPEAK at those conferences. http://www.creationcare.org/...

And the Republicans can actually DO SOMETHING about it. Reducing energy consumption implies driving smaller cars, for example. Fundamentalist preachers can frame this as "You need to get rid of your SUV and buy a Prius because you're screwing up God's beautiful earth"--and their constituents will go out and sell their SUVs.

Conservation, energy, and the environment are already being positioned for use as planks in future Republican campaigns.

The effect on Europe? America may soon come up with proposals for international treaties that put Kyoto to shame--and with enforcement provisions that make it impossible for anybody, including Europe, to avoid them.

See Jerome's recent dailyKos posting on this topic at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/11/1/82640/8577#39
by asdf on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 11:12:48 AM EST
This must involve the hidden conservative wing of the Republican party. Perhaps they will decide to conserve civility and constitutionality, too.

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by technopolitical on Tue Nov 1st, 2005 at 07:27:58 PM EST
The Republican Party, bought and paid for by the corporations, will ignore these "wingnuts" the same way they use them, ignore them, and repeatedly bait them over other issues (abortion, separation of church and state, etc.).

I'm rather skeptical, I'm sorry. The one thing that this movement can't generate is hate. And hate is the driving force behind the Religious Right.

by Upstate NY on Wed Nov 2nd, 2005 at 12:08:43 AM EST
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It's hard for me to see much difference in the hate factor when I compare the far right to the far left.  You seem to agree on the far right, so I won't give examples.  But Howard Dean with his comments on saying he hates Republicans, calling them evil, calling them braindead--he's definitely a hater.  and then go to barbara boxer, ted kennedy, and ads from 'move on.org', the vitriol factor is very high.  If we're realistic, I don't think we can win that argument.  I cringe when I hear some of our fringies expostulate--it just comes back to haunt us.
by wchurchill on Wed Nov 2nd, 2005 at 11:35:18 AM EST
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.. the real fundie do not care about creation care, they are waiting the rapture.

Other evangelicals can not work in tandem with environmentalists because they consider them some dangerous deists that think Nature is God (when, it seems God is same kind of man with black beard or something.. but clearly not Nature because Nature is HIS creation).

So, they will be a small force and with the powerful money-driven K-street opposed to them, they will not fly.

This is what I think... let's see if I am wrong.

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by kcurie on Wed Nov 2nd, 2005 at 04:00:36 AM EST

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