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by Michele Combs, Beau Allen, and James Dozier

As Republicans, we know that our party’s foundation — built on fiscal conservatism, strong national security and family values — brings together Americans from diverse backgrounds. So it’s no surprise that we don’t always agree on every issue.

But combating climate change can and should bring fiscal, social and national security conservatives together. Why? Because protecting our environment and building a secure future for America is...

by Michele Combs

Boosting energy efficiency helps strengthen our economy, and leads to a better and healthier future for all Americans. So we at Young Conservatives for Energy Reform are excited about the possibility of Congress passing common-sense energy efficiency legislation for the first time since the George W. Bush administration.

The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, sponsored by Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont) and Rep. David McKinley (R-West Virginia), has passed the House of Representatives with...

Conservatives, for the most part, haven’t been keen on alternative energy sources, particularly solar and wind, over the past three decades.

When President Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, one of his first orders was to remove the solar panels that Jimmy Carter had placed on the White House roof.

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh routinely derides solar, wind and electric cars.

And who can forget Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s energy mantra:...

by Michele Combs, Joe M. Garavaglia and Linda Ragsdale

When it comes to energy policy, we can learn a lot from the U.S. military.

That might seem like a strange assertion, since the Department of Defense is among the biggest consumers of energy in the world. But as conservative organizations in St. Louis learned recently, our armed forces are changing the way they power their mission — making the military more efficient and effective, saving money, and even saving lives. “More...

By Mike Brown

At a time when so many Americans are having a tough time paying the bills, Sen. Rob Portman is reaching across the aisle to help struggling families and communities.

Sen. Portman, a Republican, has joined Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire to propose the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. This energy-efficiency bill will help everyday Americans in Ohio and across the country to save money and better take care of their families.

It will...

By Brian T. Empric and Michele Combs

While Republican Party strategists ponder how to win the next election, they're naturally thinking about ways to inspire more young people to vote. The post-Boomer generations are a powerful constituency — yet one that proved fickle last fall.

As young Republicans who care about our party, and — even more — our country, we have a suggestion for how to win back the hearts and minds of young voters. It boils down to two words: energy...

By Robert Dintaman, Michele Combs and Brian Smith

Inside Washington, D.C., in recent years, energy issues have been tangled up in partisan politics, discouraging many of our fellow conservatives from joining the calls for reform.

We wish some of them could have been here in Cleveland recently, when former Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Richard Zilmer, of the Military Advisory Board of CNA, a research and analysis organization, met with our respective groups, the Greater Cleveland Young Republicans and...

By Michele Combs, Juan C. Lopez-Campillo, and Brian Smith

There’s plenty of post-election soul-searching going on in Republican circles. How do we reach out to groups whose votes we lost this time around? How can we update our message to adjust to changing demographic realities? And what can we do right starting now to make future wins more likely?

At Young Conservatives for Energy Reform (YCER), we believe energy reform is a winning issue for growing the Republican Party. In fact, it’s something of a no-brainer. Energy reform enjoys broad bipartisan support, especially among young people, whom...

By Michele Combs & Brian Smith

As Election Day gets closer, a growing number of young conservatives are urging political leaders to make energy reform a national priority.

That’s why Young Conservatives for Energy Reform recently co-sponsored a reception in Washington, D.C.  We want Republicans inside the Beltway to know what we are hearing outside the Beltway. At meetings and events we’ve held across the country over the past several months, young conservatives have told us that we need a new approach to energy in this country.  To us, it’s not a partisan issue. It’s an...

by Brian Smith

Dependence on foreign oil weakens the US strategically and militarily.  It has been estimated that the United States imports almost 2.5 million barrels a day, from Middle Eastern nations, including Iran, which has long been on this country's watch list of terrorist nations. This dependency on foreign control of such scarce critical natural resources could have devastating economic and political consequences for the United States.  

As far back as 2006, a White Paper, sponsored by the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, entitled “National Security Consequences of U.S....

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