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In a February Pew survey, Americans were asked to rank their priorities of 20 major issues for 2022 and climate change came in 14th. In the partisan divide the survey found only 11% of Republicans even thought it was a priority. (On the Democratic side it was 65%)
Former President Donald Trump still holds considerable sway within his party and he pulled the United States out of the Paris Accords and has repeatedly referred to global warming as a Chinese hoax designed to make US industry non-competitive.
Swimming against this tide is the American Conservation Coalition. Their mission statement includes, not just a commitment to the environment, but to capitalism. “Strong property rights, competitive markets, and trade, coupled with a culture of environmental stewardship, produce the best environmental outcomes.”
We recently sat down with the ACC’s president, Benji Backer, to talk about the future of environmental politics on the center-right.
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