It may be easy to forget now, but it’s arguable that the environmental movement was actually started by Republicans about 100 years ago. The Republican Theodore Roosevelt was an ardent conservationist, and as President, led the way to forming the National Park Service to protect some of the world’s most beautiful natural assets.
Of course, not all of today’s Republicans act and talk like Teddy Roosevelt, at least on environmental issues. But, apparently there are some. I was intrigued to find out about an organization called REP (Republicans for Environmental Protection) America.
Whether or not you like or loathe the Republican party in its current incarnation, it’s encouraging to see that there is still a strain of environmentalism within some faction of the GOP. It would be good to see the mainstream Republican platform increasingly affected and influenced by green constituencies such as REP. That way, environmental causes will make progress no matter who wins an election, red or blue. And, that way, voters with environmental orientation will have more than one viable choice on the ballot, which is always a good thing.