Have you ever been told that conservatives don’t care about the environment? That wanting to create a more environmentally friendly society is liberal? One group, the American Conservation Coalition, is working to fight against those assumptions. Their latest release, The American Climate Contract, is their answer to the Green New Deal.
“The American Climate Contract is a bold platform based on sound principles and real solutions. It lays out a clear vision to fully address climate change,” the group announced when they unveiled the plan. “The American Climate Contract will unleash America’s innovative spirit on one of the greatest challenges we face today. It will promote economic prosperity, American leadership, and environmental sustainability.”
“The American Climate Contract lays out a clear vision for success in the fight against climate change by focusing on four key policy areas: Energy Innovation, 21st Century Infrastructure, Natural Solutions, and Global Engagement,” Karly of ACC wrote in the press release.
You can read the full contract here, but the gist is that while things like the Green New Deal look to the government to solve all the climate issues by punishing the American people, the American Climate Contract looks at how we can be innovative and forward thinking in tackling climate issues.
Here are some of the highlights and proposals from the contract:
Congress should identify inefficiencies and re-calibrate the investment of government funding to prioritize the advancement of affordable and exportable clean energy technologies that reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.
Developing smart grids will make it easier to transport energy efficiently, increase reliability, and reduce costs to the American public.
Prioritizing natural solutions like active forest management will also ensure that the United States is better prepared for natural disasters and extreme weather
By developing, promoting, and deploying technologies and resources to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, the United States will be a leader and an example to the rest of the world.
I spoke with Karly, ACC’s communications director, about this new plan and how it will unfold in the months and years to come.