Principles of "Conservatism"

Being “conservative” can mean a lot of things – it is all up for the interpretation to the people who are discussing what it means – it is all in they eyes of the beholder.

Today’s “conservatives” are sometimes considered to be Republican, and often there are people in the Democratic party that are also deemed to be “conservative democrats”.

Concerning the topic of sustainability, sometimes also called the “green” movement, often those on the “Right” side of the isle will deem such a concept as a waste of time, or something not worth supporting (and supporting DOES NOT necessarily mean creating legislation for).  What is strange, is that the BASE of the word in conservative is CONSERVE.  The reason for this, is that not too long ago, those who were conservative, often-time republican, were those who recycled, limited expenses (including energy), and wanted to preserve their land and environment.

That is why it is crazy to group or lump people into categories or classifications – because most ALL OF US, at least all good Americans, want to see conservative principles – like those above.  Being conservative isn’t about being republican or being “green” – being conservative means to make choices that benefit one’s pocketbook, community, economy, and environment.

– Dixie Signum

Government CANNOT Legislate A "Clean Energy Economy"

It simply won’t work.  The government cannot MAKE the market do ANYTHING!  As soon as they start to control parts of it, i.e. minimum wage laws, price controls, subsidies, etc., we see problems in the marketplace.  Government is there to protect the constitution – THE REST IS UP TO OUR ECONOMY, which means people like YOU and ME – it is up to US to solve our energy crisis, and I have full-faith that 300 million Americans are just as capable of making changes as the 400-some representatives at Capitol Hill.

In a free-market, consumers have access to information that allow them to make decisions.  If there was not so much government regulation to start with (i.e. subsidies to oil starting many years ago), then the market would have done different things.  Mandating people and companies to change through legislation will not work, it will just further hamper our already beaten economy.

– Joni Cave

OPINION: Real Energy Solutions

The American Power Act, or S.1733  is now here and viewable.

I think we can all agree that there does need to be exploration into safer, cleaner, more sustainable energy choices.  Not only is it better for our environment, they are much better for a struggling economy (i.e. by promoting new industry).  That does not mean that the reliance or need for petroleum and coal will magically disappear (nor should it), it just means that the market should understand that petroleum and coal (like most everything) are scarce resources.  Most importantly, in the case of petroleum, it makes us dependent upon foreign markets and sources (sometimes people and places that go against what we stand for as a free and moral country).

My question is, how sustainable is this when we have to be “ordered” to make changes by a bill/act/government entity.  I am the first to agree that there MUST be government regulations.  I am the last to agree that government “regulations” should include incentives and punishments that intervene with free market activities.  There’s a difference.

It will take us awhile to make it through all of the language in the bill, however, I urge you to be cautious, and to send us any information and ideas that you have, that may be helpful in understanding this new piece of legislation, as well as alternative solutions that are more reliant upon a free market with government regulations versus a government-run industry/market with “false” incentives.
– Tisha Casida

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