Environmental Protection

Conservatives' Approach to Energy and Environmental Stewardship Recognized in New Papers

The Conservation Leadership Council has released six academic papers that offer important conservative perspectives on a wide range of environmental and energy challenges.

The six papers from the Conservation Leadership Council (CLC) explore how businesses, communities, policymakers, and regulators can make improvements in clean energy, conservation, and air and water quality issues by applying the principles of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.

“Conservation is a core American value, and our national policy should build upon important American tenets of free enterprise, local initiative, and individual responsibility,” said Gale Norton, CLC member and former U.S. Secretary of the Interior. “The Conservation Leadership Council is committed to highlighting academic work that shows us a clear path forward that begins with fiscal responsibility and limited government and ends with real results.”

In the six white papers, academics from across the country explore how a limited government approach can address many of the challenges faced by conservation advocates.

For example, in Public Policy toward Clean Energy in an Uncertain World, Derek Stimel, Ph.D. from Menlo College, explores what went wrong with Solyndra and possible approaches that could be used to encourage clean energy innovation.

Solyndra, the failed solar energy company, has become the emblem for inefficient and wasteful federal spending on environmental sustainability, and green technology in particular… I argue that the attempt to draw upon the venture capital industry in order to achieve the Administration’s policy objectives is a potentially fruitful approach. The problem for the Administration was in the implementation… The closer federal policy related to green technology gets to the market dynamic, the more efficient and effective it would be.

To view the full papers, please click here.

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