From Trammel Crow in the Dallas Morning News.
In the 50 years since the first Earth Day, we’ve made incredible strides in protecting our environment, even as the economy has continued to grow. Rivers no longer catch on fire, our air is cleaner and more of our natural spaces are protected. During this same time, real gross domestic product per capita has more than doubled.
Conservatives have played an important role in achieving those gains. Many of us are ready to go to work again to protect our land, water and climate for the next generation.
“I was raised Republican and have been a staunch and proud conservative my whole life. I voted for President Donald Trump in 2016. I even donated to his campaign.
“But on environmental issues, the president has veered dangerously from the conservative legacy of protecting our air, water and natural resources, to the point where “conservation conservatives” like me cannot remain quiet.
“It’s time for the president to join the ranks of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt as Republicans who have made America great by protecting our environment. If he refuses to do so, it will soon be time for conservation conservatives to hold him to account.”