Why is the Tea Party Teaming Up With the Sierra Club?

Conservatives in Georgia were in for a shock in July when they saw Atlanta Tea Party members hanging out with representatives of the Sierra Club. According to Debbie Dooley in an article for Grist, this is just one of the Tea Partyís latest attempts to champion the free market.

Dooley calls it ďThe Green Tea Coalition.Ē Itís a partnership of free-market loving conservatives and environmental activists working toward a common goal: lifting state restrictions on renewable energy and allowing residents the choice of running their homes on clean power.

In her article, Dooley explains it this way:

If an individual wants to harvest the sunlight thatís falling on their property and sell it for a profit, thatís their American right. There are now programs in other states that allow people to lease solar panels for their roofs with no up-front cost, enabling them to become local energy entrepreneurs who can sell their solar energy back into the grid and power their homes for less. Georgians are currently and unjustly denied this opportunity, and will continue to be unless a law is passed to change the system.

This may seem strange to progressives, but itís actually indicative of a larger shift in the conservative movement. A recent Yale study indicated that more than 60% of Republicans and right-leaning Independents actually believe the United States needs to take more action on climate change, and a whopping 80% would like to see more renewable energy use in the country.

While the GOP has tried to kill any environmental bills in Congress over the past few years, it seems that has more to do with their dislike of Obama than the actual desires of their base. Mike Hower of Triple Pundit argues that the problem is GOP supporters have failed to make climate change a priority at the ballot box — but that there are signs of change in the air. Republican governors and even presidential hopefuls like Chris Christie are starting to come out publicly in support of renewable energy, even working to pass state and local legislation that supports the industry.

Hereís hoping The Green Tea Coalition and other movements like it are the first step towards both sides of the aisle finally tackling climate change head-on.

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Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Paul M.
Paul M4 years ago

These are some links to the drama "The Newsroom" which uses a fictional news room to present real information about the US economic and social issues. It is an Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) project. In my view the Koch Brothers are the most frightening puppet masters in the US today; and no one has heard of them.

"The Newsroom" (IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1870479/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1)
YouTube … Rinos, Real Republicans …” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAjX2aiX3PM
… then go on to
“The Newsroom - Opening Scene (Wow!)” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zqOYBabXmA … WOW! Is right!!!!
... and
Tea Party Explained … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGsLhyNJBh8
.. and
The Teaparty and the Koch brothers … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdeSsnjuS0Y

If you don't hear from me again, then you know ...

Monica D.
Monica D4 years ago

The world needs to switch to appropriate renewable energy.

Paul B.
Paul B4 years ago

As a conservative/libertarians, we have absolutely nothing against green energy, and we fully embrace entrepreneurship and independence, so why would it surprise you that the Tea Party would also embrace and even promote our individual rights to energy production and enjoy the same rights as any energy producer to market what we can produce.

What we DON"T promote is DC mandates, forcing us to switch, forcing us to use green/renewable energy. Even if you don't believe in anthropogenic global warming, doesn't mean you don't take advantage of opportunities to reduce your costs of living, and if the side effects please the greenies, then all the better.

Annie H.
Annie H4 years ago

Isn't there a fairy tale about the fox guarding the sheep somewhere in here? I'd like to believe--- in the two joining forces for the good of the environment. But, I, too will be watching this closely.

Spencer Young
Spencer Y4 years ago

I'll be watching this romance closely

Tim C.
Tim C4 years ago


Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle4 years ago

There may be an element in the Tea Party may think that they support free market capitalism, but the bulk of their support has come from big corporate monopolies.

Carole R.
Carole R4 years ago


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Julie, for Sharing this!