Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Republican Environmental Group

Many of you may think that there are no specifically Republican environmental organizations in existence due to the current political climate in which Republicans and Democrats seem to be at polar opposites on environmental issues.  Well, it turns out that there actually is a Republican activist environmental organization and its name is Republicans for Environmental Protection (REP America).  Its homepage can be viewed at http://www.repamerica.org/.

Traditionally Republicans have not necessarily been on the anti-environment or anti-conservation side.  Some examples are: 1. The world's first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872 under the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant, a Republican. 2. The Forest Service was founded and multiple national parks were established under the administration of Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900's. 3.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created during the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon in 1970. 4. Republican President Ronald Reagan strongly backed the Montreal Protocol treaty of the late 1980's which has the purpose of phasing out ozone-depleting chemicals in the atmosphere.

While some Republican environmentalists are leaving the party, such as former Congressman Pete McCloskey, many still remain in the party and continue to work for environmentalist and conservationist goals and values.