Republicans who care about fiscal conservatism, national security and strong families can lead the way forward on a real “all of the above” approach to energy development. Such a comprehensive approach will ensure that America continues to lead the world in natural gas exploration, and that the free market drives clean energy development. It will keep high-paying wind and solar manufacturing jobs at home, rather than sending these jobs to China. And a common-sense, conservative approach to clean energy production will ensure our country has greater energy independence and security.
As we head toward another election, we encourage our fellow Republicans to engage in a meaningful conversation about a forward-thinking conservative vision for our country and our party. We owe it to ourselves and to the next generation to secure continued American prosperity through good stewardship of our economy and our environment.
Michele Combs is president of Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. Beau Allen is a member of the Concord 51 board of directors. James Dozier is the executive director of Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.