"Clean Energy Conservatives" Meet in Austin
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke at the Climate Summit in New York City. That evening, a group of conservatives met in Austin to discuss free-market approaches to clean energy. The panel included a mix of former Republican politicians and think-tank conservatives.
The panelists were defiantly not-in-favor of government subsidies for wind and solar, but did see the value of having a diversified approach to energy.
While he was a State Senator, Kip Averitt represented the GOP and District 22. He was born in Permian Basin town of Crane.
Another panelist, Bob Inglis is a former U.S. Congressman from South Carolina. He noted the panel was sponsored by the foundation started by George Mitchell, who he called “the father of fracking.” He spoke of being a "climate realist and energy optimist." And he criticized the political left for their green energy tactics.
The speakers opened the conference by establishing their conservative bonafides and Averitt and Inglis even playfully argued over which state was most conservative.
That’s Debbie Dooley of Georgia, National Coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots. She talked about "Green Tea" activism. For her, the appeal was national security.
All the panelists warned of the dangers of over-regulation and criticized President Obama’s plan of carbon credits. Even though alternative energies currently hold a small share of the energy market, they believed it would grow to become more competitive.