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Faux Conservatives For Conservation

REP America, a “Republican” environmental organization and ConservAmerica, a “a non-partisan sister organization dedicated to building a conservative constituency for conservation” are hosting a May conference in New Mexico, “Land Conservation for Conservatives.” The only problem is that there is nothing conservative about the conference speakers or the two groups’ overall agenda. Rather than seeking to promote conservation through conservative principles, these organizations promote greater federal land acquisition, restrictions on private land-use, and incerased regulation. In other words, it’s the same old big-government environmentalism offered by the Sierra Club, et al. There is a sound conservative case for conservation, done in a conservative fashion, but these green RINOs are not promoting it.

Jonathan H. Adler — Mr. Adler is an NRO contributing editor and the inaugural Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. His latest book is Marijuana Federalism: Uncle Sam and Mary Jane.

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