Conservatives aren’t anti-conservation. We are anti-Green(tm). Green(tm) is a marketing movement designed to teach Americans to lower their standard of living. Green(tm) rarely does what it advertises, but we are told to do it anyway because its gooooood.
Its all sizzle, but no steak. Its all hat and no cattle. We like steak and cattle. Leftists tell us that we should demand more sizzle and hat.
I use CFLs in most of my house. But some light fixtures just need a white hot burning tungsten filament, like the lights over the bathroom mirror.
I drive a car that gets 23 mpg, which isn’t great by Green(tm) standards, but when you factor in its 306 hp, that’s pretty darned good!
I replaced my A/C unit last year with a new high-efficiency unit just to save money and energy.
I would put a solar array on my house, if I could afford it. I’d have a windmill if I lived in windmill country and, again, could afford it.
But, half of my salary goes to pay taxes so missing links to sit on their ass all day and collect welfare or warm the chairs in government offices, so my Green(tm) options are limited.
I guess that’s the real difference. When a Conservative wants to conserve, he pays for the equipment to do it and uses it wisely. When a Leftist wants to conserve, she demands that I pay for it, and doesn’t care if it works at all, as long as it makes her feel good.
“...half of my salary goes to pay taxes so missing links to sit on their ass all day and collect welfare or warm the chairs in government offices, so my Green(tm) options are limited.”
You make a very important point. Societies that pay more in taxes or otherwise have low discretionary income are less environmentally clean, less innovative, and generally miserable places to live. The green movement and green parties of the world are very likely to create dirtier, less healthy environments.
I drive a car that gets ~38 MPG, it's also heavy... and 30 years old.
It's also a diesel that was made by GM doing a retrofit of their existing gasoline engine (ie it wasn't actually designed for diesel).
So when the car companies say crap like their small, light cars are good because they get 35 MPG it kinda pisses me off.