CRS Launches Senior Fellows Program

Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship is pleased to announce the launch of its Senior Fellows Program. This program offers stewardship-minded conservatives with a strong track record of success, expertise in their field and a  thoughtful perspective on public policy, an opportunity to apply their knowledge and wisdom to priority issues of concern to the organization. The program provides CRS Fellows a platform to contribute prudent and genuinely conservative ideas in the effort to solve today’s most pressing energy and environmental challenges. Our inaugural selection into the CRS Senior Fellows program is Andrew Fales. Andrew brings extensive experience in energy, finance, tax policy, and accounting. He currently serves as Senior Adviser to the co-head of investments for one of the oldest and most successful energy investment firms in the nation. Andrew, who has served as treasurer for the Idaho Republican Party holds a Master of Accountancy degree from BYU and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  For more information visit our Senior Fellows Program page. Share...

Fourth Hottest July Ever. Really?

Those living in much of the Eastern and Central U.S. would likely be surprised to hear NOAA’s recent announcement that July 2014 was one of the hottest Julys on record. For many Americans, this has been one of the most comfortable summers in recent memory—no sweltering heat waves and triple digit heat indexes that are often the summer norm. In fact, twenty-five states saw a cooler than average July and a few experienced record low temperatures. Does this mean NOAA is wrong? No it doesn’t. While a few areas of the globe were cooler than average, most were warmer. July brought record heat to the U.S. West Coast, Norway and parts of Africa. The contradiction between the temperature in one place and the global average is an example of how weather systems and climate intersect. Weather systems will always influence what we experience at any given time and place. Sometimes that will align with global averages and trends, sometimes it won’t. This underscores why it is unwise to make assumptions about climate change based on localized and short-term weather conditions. Prudence dictates that we look at the big picture, which includes average global temperatures and long-term trends. The map below provides a good visual overview of how July temperatures, worldwide, compared to long-term averages. Share...

Nothing Conservative About Candidate’s Climate Denial Video

Louisiana state Representative Lenar Whitney, who is running for Congress, has posted a video online where she calls global warming “the greatest deception in the history of mankind.” She goes on to claim that any 10-year old child can disprove global warming with “one of the simplest scientific devices known to man” while holding up what appears to be a Geratherm brand rectal thermometer. Representative Whitney is trying to argue–as she does throughout the ad–that global warming is not real and the earth has gotten colder since 2006. Her version of reality is based on bad information, cherry-picked data, political bias, and fundamental ignorance about both weather and climate. The truth is that the earth as a whole continues to get hotter over time, not colder–roughly 1.5 degrees hotter since 1880. To date, the hottest year on record is 2010, while 2013 ranks 4th. Furthermore, each of the top ten warmest years on record have occurred on or after 1998. All one has to do is look at a temperature graph since 1880 and it is clear that, despite short-term fluctuations due to weather patterns, global temperatures have climbed higher and higher over time. Denying this simple reality–which has been verified by temperature data from land-based weather stations, weather balloons, satellite measurements, sea and ocean temperature records, tree rings and various other sources–is certainly not conservative. Genuine conservatism is not dishonest and fact-averse, it is firmly grounded in reality and prudent decision-making. Our reality should include conservative solutions to problems like climate change, but that is unlikely as long as a vocal faction on the political right is more...