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Senator Fann-It's a conservative idea to protect the environment without hurting the economy


Western conservatives have a historic record of protecting the environment and preserving critical conservation efforts.

President Ronald Reagan signed into law 38 bills that added more than 10.6 million acres of forests, mountains, deserts and wetlands to the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Sen. Barry Goldwater, “Mr. Conservative,” made clear that protecting the environment must remain an American priority: “While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right of our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.”

Conservatives are not 'anti-environment. Based on this historic commitment by western conservatives, it is troubling that extreme anti-development/growth organizations have so effectively tagged conservatives as “anti-environment” and “anti-conservation.” The reality is that these extreme interests present an onslaught of environmental dogma that would cripple the economy.

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