Endangered Species Act: Conserving Life for 40 Years

Forty years ago the Endangered Species Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities in Congress and was signed into law by President Nixon. Both its enactment and longevity stand as a shining examples of good stewardship and as a testament to our ability to come together to act in the best interest of what President Reagan called “this magical planet of ours.” What many people—on both the political right and left—may not recognize is that the Act is a very conservative law. The fathers of traditional conservative thought—including British statesman Edmund Burke, American political theorist Russell Kirk, and conservative philosopher Richard Weaver—emphasized that prudent forethought, humility, a spirit of piety, and responsible stewardship are core conservative principles. Just a few years before the Endangered Species Act was signed into law, Kirk pointed out that “nothing is more conservative than conservation.” Years earlier, Weaver lamented humankind’s tendency to disregard nature in the name of progress. He warned that “Triumphs against the natural order of living exact unforeseen payments,” and astutely pointed out: “…man is not the lord of creation, with an omnipotent will, but a part of creation, with limitations, who ought to observe a decent humility in the face of the inscrutable.” Conservative poet T.S. Eliot put it more succinctly when he observed that “A wrong attitude towards nature implies, somewhere, a wrong attitude towards God.” From the deliberate and cruel efforts to eradicate wolves and grizzly bears, to the more inadvertent actions that drove the bald eagle—our national symbol—to the brink of extinction, history is full of examples of humankind’s intolerance of wildlife and ignorance of its needs. Too...

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Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship (CRS) is the new name for ConservAmerica EF (the charitable arm of ConservAmerica). Welcome to our new home on the web! As you will soon discover, we have changed more than just our name and website. We also updated and broadened the organization’s mission, positioning it better to tackle today’s biggest environmental challenges and respond to a widespread misunderstanding about what is, and is not, genuinely conservative. Our new mission statement is: To safeguard the air, water, land, wildlife and natural systems that sustain and enhance life on earth by promoting responsible stewardship and conservation, empowering fellow conservatives, and advancing the original conservative philosophy that compels us to be good stewards of our natural heritage Whether it is through fiscal stewardship or environmental stewardship, real conservatism is about taking the long view, prudently solving problems, and looking out for the interests of future generations. The fact that some have lost sight of this does not make it any less true. That genuine conservatism instructs us to safeguard the air we breathe, the water we drink and the special places that refresh and inspire us. It strengthens our society by encouraging balance between freedom and responsibility. It strengthens our nation by promoting sustainable economic growth and helping ensure that we do not squander our natural wealth. Please join with us as we work to put the “conserve” back in conservative. David Jenkins President P.S. For those of you considering year-end giving, please note that Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship (CRS) is a charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the U.S. tax code, and as such, donations to it are tax-deductible...

Powerful Op-Ed on Reagan’s Climate Leadership

President Reagan’s EPA Chief Lee Terry has written a very powerful op-ed recalling how Reagan responded when climate scientists discovered that compounds used in aerosol sprays and refrigeration equipment (chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs) were destroying the earth’s protective ozone layer. He recalls that then, like now with climate change, skeptics and special interests opposed action. They wanted Reagan to ignore the problem, but he didn’t. He did what a true conservative is supposed to do, he listened carefully to the experts, weighed all the facts, and took prudent action to safeguard our atmosphere. It is a great lesson in conservative leadership as told by someone who was there. Read it here: Lee Thomas: Climate change, a present danger . Share...

Great Conservative Op-Eds On Climate Change

Congratulations to two of our longtime members for recently having  really terrific op-eds published that urge conservatives to take the lead in addressing climate change. South Carolina member Chester Sansbury’s piece, titled Conservatives must counter climate change, appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier, and Wyoming member Paul Vogelheim’s piece, titled Conservatives need to lead on climate change, appeared in the Casper Star Tribune. Both of these op-eds reference an opinion piece co-authored by four past Republican EPA Administrators that appeared in the New York Times back in August. In their op-ed (A Republican Case for Climate Action) these officials, who served in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush administrations, recalled past Republican leadership on environment issues, lamented the lack of such leadership today, and noted that we cannot wait any longer to address climate change. Each of these make compelling cases for conservative leadership on climate and are well worth a read. Share...