Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship (CRS) is an organization that is making a real and lasting difference. Here are some of the ways we have made our presence felt:
Launch of the Climate Conservative Website (2013)
With so much misinformation about climate change being peddled to conservatives over the internet, CRS recently launched a new climate education website at www.climateconservative.org. Our goal is to create a place on the internet for conservatives to get information about climate that is both genuinely conservative and factually accurate. It is a site that not only educates on the causes of climate change and the risks associated with it, but also explains why we—as conservatives—have a duty to act.
Blocked Roll-Back of New Lighting Efficiency Standards (2011-2013)
Inaccurate rumors that new energy efficiency standards would ban incandescent light bulbs prompted some GOP lawmakers to introduce legislation seeking to roll back those standards. CRS, in partnership with light bulb manufacturers, was able to educate lawmakers and help block those efforts—preserving the new standards.
Helped Defeat Senate Effort to Derail New Limits on Mercury Emissions (2012)
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a resolution to block new EPA mercury standards. The standards would reduce the mercury emissions from power plants to levels recommended by scientists and doctors. CRS, along with a wide variety of other groups, worked to defeat the Inhofe resolution and defended the five Republican Senators who opposed it against attacks by coal industry supported groups.
German Clean Energy Delegation (2012)
The German Embassy to the United States engaged CRS and ConservAmerica to recruit conservatives from around the country for a clean energy fact-finding trip to Germany. We successfully recruited six state legislators who held leadership positions within the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a former Bush Administration EPA official and a Republican staffer from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Upon their return, each has expressed a new found appreciation for clean and renewable energy. Sen. Curtis Bramble (UT), for example, has been very outspoken about the economic opportunities for America and Utah to aggressively pursue innovative technologies in the energy industry.
The American Eagle Compact (2012)
CRS and ConservAmerica partnered with the National Audubon Society to launch the American Eagle Compact to build broad-based public support for environmental and public land stewardship, with a special emphasis on conservatives in red states. From the actual campaign brand, to print, email, social media tools, and media work, CRS and ConservAmerica directed the strategy and messaging. This two month campaign was designed to stir patriotic pride in our nation’s natural resources. It resulted in Audubon adding 55,000 new members (again, primarily conservatives) and adding 122,000 new email addresses of activists in those states.
Protected the Endangered Species Act (ESA)(2011)
A rider, dubbed the “extinction rider,” was attached to the FY2012 appropriations bill. It forbid the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from listing new species or designating critical habitat for species under the ESA—essentially gutting the 40 year-old law. CRS helped get a bi-partisan amendment introduced to negate the “extinction rider” and successfully worked to pass it, securing 38 Republican votes.
Defended the Antiquities Act from Efforts to Severely Weaken It (2011-2012)
The Antiquities Act, one of Theodore Roosevelt’s signature achievements, has been under a relentless assault by libertarian lawmakers who oppose presidents being able to designate national monuments. CRS has helped derail these efforts by educating conservative members of Congress about the Act’s Republican heritage.
Worked to Safeguard the Land & Water Conservation Fund (2005-2012)
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is supposed to be funded from money specifically collected for it from offshore oil lease revenue—the idea being that we balance the use of one natural resource with conserving others. Every year Congress diverts much of that LWCF money for other purposes. CRS is always fighting efforts to raid the LWCF and ensure that money raised for conservation is used for conservation. In many years our efforts help keep LWCF funding levels higher than they would have been otherwise.
Launched the “What Would Reagan Do” Media Campaign (2009)
CRS, in conjunction with its sister organization, produced and placed a series of radio ads that feature audio clips of President Reagan urging responsible environmental stewardship. The ads called attention to Reagan’s role in safeguarding our atmosphere from ozone depleting chemicals, and then with regard to climate change, asked: “What would Reagan do?” The ads targeted listeners of the Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Bill Bennett and Michael Medved radio shows.
Helped Pass Landmark Conservation Legislation (2009)
CRS helped secure 38 Republican votes and pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. This legislation, despite its wonky name, this was a tremendous accomplishment. The Act preserved nearly two million acres of Wilderness, established a thousand miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers, and protected 1.2 million acres of the Wyoming Range from oil and gas development.
South Carolina Climate Initiative (2008)
CRS and ConservAmerica conducted a statewide campaign in South Carolina to help reframe the climate change debate by showing that traditional conservative values require conservatives to address climate change. We appeared on numerous conservative talk radio shows, met with newspaper editorial boards and released the South Carolina specific climate publication “Good Stewards: A Conservative Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change.”
Protected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Development (2005-2012)
CRS has been essential in efforts to defend the Arctic Refuge from repeated efforts to open up its wildlife–rich coastal plain to oil drilling. In 2005 we helped bring 30 Republican lawmakers together in a successful effort to force the House leadership to drop its plan to include Refuge drilling in a budget bill, and ever since, we have been there successfully helping to block every attempt to industrialize this unique and iconic wild place.