Bucking GOP elders, they’ve drafted the American Climate Contract as the right’s response to the Green New Deal.Benjamin Myles, a junior studying political science and economics, is a member of the American Conservation Coalition, which last month unveiled its American Climate Compact, a self-described response to the Green New Deal for the political right. Credit: Alton Strupp/The Courier Journal
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky—As a teenager, amid the hardwood forests, waterfalls and wildflower meadows of the Parklands of Floyds Fork, Benjamin Myles took a liking to nature.
At the University of Louisville, Myles merged his libertarian-leaning politics with a curiosity about climate change, a subject that kept coming up in English class and in debates with his friends.
Such discussions led him to a new national movement of young conservatives who are working to persuade their Republican elders to put forward a climate agenda, without sacrificing traditional GOP principles like market competition and limited government.