May 14, 2019
In our polarized political climate, we are led to believe that ALL conservatives are irrational climate deniers, and ALL liberals are dead set on a large-scale policy solution that will shut down the American economy. But if you turn off the TV and close your social media tabs, you might discover that Democrats and Republicans actually agree on a lot more than we think. So, how do we get both parties to the table to talk about climate solutions? What is the best approach for getting right-of-center thinkers to engage in the discussion? How can we leverage the best of conservative principles to design a solution in which the markets and policy work hand in hand?
Benji Backer is the President of the American Conservation Coalition, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering conservatives to engage in environmental conversations and promote free-market and pro-business environmental solutions. Benji speaks at events across the country, and his work has appeared on CNBC, The Hill, and Townhall, among many other media outlets. Currently a junior at the University of Washington, Benji was named one of RedAlert’s Top 30 Under 30 conservatives in 2015.
Today, Benji joins Ross, Christophe, and Paul to share his definition of what environmentalism should be, in contrast to what the term has come to represent. He discusses the principles of conservatism and offers insight on getting conservatives involved in the conversation around climate change. Listen in for Benji’s free-market approach to developing climate solutions and learn how liberals and conservatives can find common ground when it comes to reversing climate change.
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[1:13] Benji’s path to reversing climate change
[3:23] The need for rural voices in environmental policy decisions
[5:24] Benji’s definition of what environmentalism SHOULD be
[7:34] The principles of conservatism
[11:26] Contemporary conservative voices worth listening to
[18:38] How to get conservatives involved in the climate conversation
[22:21] The free market approach to reversing climate change
[26:28] Benji’s insight on convincing conservatives re: climate change
[31:18] The failure of Washington state’s revenue-neutral carbon tax
[34:30] How to find common ground between liberals and conservatives
[38:16] Why it’s crucial to understand the opposition’s argument
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