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By Blake Edmonds and Michele Combs

There have been campaigns calling on Americans to eat locally and shop locally. Now, Michiganders can get on board with a plan to power their lives locally.

That's one of the most interesting elements of Gov. Rick Snyder's vision for a "no-regrets energy future," which focuses on cutting energy waste and prioritizing renewable generation. Instead of wasting energy and relying on coal imported from out of state to generate power, a more efficient...

by Michele Combs

Men and women from across the country are streaming into DC for the Conservative Political Action Conference – the largest gathering of conservatives in the nation – which starts on Wednesday.

These far-flung conservatives bring to our nation’s capital a fresh perspective on a whole range of issues, especially on matters the Washington elite too often pigeonholes as right-versus-left issues. Of course, everyone at CPAC is passionately interested in winning elections. But...

by Michele Combs

Once again, the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline is sucking up all the air in the room when it comes to energy policy. But the heated debate is something of a distraction from more substantive energy issues. Whether the pipeline gets built or not, the oil it’s supposed to transport will get used somewhere in the world if market conditions warrant.

I hope the issue is finally resolved soon, so that Congress can turn its attention to the real solution to our energy problems: Developing...

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 and Angel Garcia

As the Young Republican Leadership Conference brings young professionals from across the country to Washington, Young Conservatives for Energy Reform is on hand to talk about a crucial issue—and a winning issue-- for our party and our nation: energy reform.

Advancing homegrown energy and embracing efficiency boosts economic growth, increases national security, and protects clean air and clean water. This dovetails with conservative values. It’s time for...

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...


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