“GREENING UP” THE GOP

Click the links below to read REP’s “carrot and stick” approach to this challenge.

THE CARROTS:

Praise for Republicans and the GOP

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Congressman Jim Saxton (R, NJ) accepts REP's

Congressman Jim Saxton (R, NJ) happily accepts REP’s “Best in the House in 2006” award from Martha Marks at a press conference in a nature preserve in his district. The event was well covered by the local media.

ELECTED OFFICIALS WELCOMED REP’S PRAISE

Rep. Thielen recognized by national organization, January 31, 2012

Smith scores big on protecting environment, May 30, 2008

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“THANK YOUS” TO GOP OFFICIALS (a sample)

REP praises President George W. Bush for designating marine monuments, press release, January 2009

Bully for Courage, REP President Martha Marks praising Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in a speech to the Bucks County Sierra Club, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, March 2007

President Gerald Ford: An Evergreen Achievement, by Policy Director Jim DiPeso, Abuquerque Tribune, Jan 2007

Thank you, Governor Schwarzenegger, REP President Martha Marks speaking directly to the governor at an event hosted by the California Chapter of REP, June 2006

Thank you, Congressman Ramstad, Minnesota REP Coordinator Evan Rice speaking directly to Congressman Jim Ramstad, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, August 2005

Thank you letter to 8 Members of Congress for sponsoring legislation to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, January 2005

Praise for Congressman Chris Shays, by Policy Director Jim DiPeso, Connecticut Post, June 2002

Thank you letter to Rep. Nancy Johnson for introducing legislation to permanently protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, May 2001

Thank you letter to 22 Members of Congress for encouraging President Bush to uphold the Roadless Area Conservation Rule, May 2001

Thank you, Chairman Vance, by Bruce Fischer, President of REP’s Washington State Chapter, letter to the chairman of his state’s Republican Party, May 2001

Praise for California Representative Steve Horn, by REP President Martha Marks, letter to the editor, Salon Magazine, January 2001 (also published in newspapers in his congressional district)

REP thanks Senator William Roth, REP President Martha Marks, letter to the editor, Washington Post, November 2000

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REP’S OWN PUBLICATIONS (a sample)

Proud to Praise ‘Em!, The Green Elephant, summer 2008

Proud to Praise ‘Em!, The Green Elephant, spring 1998

Proud to Praise ‘Em!, The Green Elephant, winter 1997

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THE STICKS:

Criticism for Republicans and the GOP

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REP’S OWN PUBLICATIONS (a sample) 

Words and Deeds: The environmental record of Governor George W. Bush, The Green Elephant, fall 2000

Whither the GOP?, The Green Elephant, fall 1998-winter 1999

Our Grand Old Party: Painted into a corner on the environment, The Green Elephant, spring 1997

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SPEECHES

REP’s Earth Day message to the GOP, REP President Martha Marks, Earth Day press conference with other national environmental leaders, Washington, DC, April 2004

Conservatives should conserve, shouldn’t they? REP President Martha Marks, plenary speech at the annual convention of the National Association of Environmental Professionals, Arlington, Virginia, June 2001

REP opposes the nomination of Gale Norton as interior secretary, REP President Martha Marks, Washington, DC, press conference with other national environmental leaders, January 2001

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OP-EDS AND LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Asbestos warning should be issued, by REP Policy Director Jim DiPeso, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 2003

An ecological betrayal, by Theodore Roosevelt IV, a lifetime REP member, Boston Globe, September 2001

Good words, but now it’s time for action, by REP President Martha Marks, Florida Today, August 2001

Protecting the environment is more than a photo op, by REP Policy Director Jim DiPeso, Seattle Post-Inteligencer, July 2001

Green Elephants must speak up, by REP President Martha Marks Billings (MT) Gazette, Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger, Twin Falls (ID) Times-News, Birmingham (AL) News, Greenville (SC) News, Tallahassee (FL) Democrat and San Gabriel Valley (CA) Tribune on Earth Day weekend, April 2001

Environmental concerns being ignored, by Alabama REP member Bob Mount, Opelika-Auburn News, April 2001

Republican folly, by Bruce Fischer, President of REP’s Washington State Chapter, Seattle Times, December 2000

Principle wins out on this point, by Joan King, a REP member in Georgia, Gainsville (GA) Times, October 2000

Fix campaign funding now, by Michael McFarland, Ph.D, a member of REP’s California Chapter, Fresno Bee, January 1999

GOP leaders should protect the environment, by Jim DiPeso, Valley Daily News, April 1996

Assault on environmental laws disturbs some in GOP, by Dr. Bob Stoll, St. Petersburg Times, September 1995

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The governor and California REP members listen as REP President Martha Marks reads her

The governor and California REP members listen as Martha reads her Thank you, Governor Schwarzenegger statement. (This B&W photo was scanned from The Green Elephant. See three full-color photos of this barbeque in the back yard of State Senator Tom Harman’s house in REP’s HISTORY, PART 3.)

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Photo at top: The survival and recovery of the American Bison is one of America’s greatest conservation accomplishments… the result of cooperative efforts by patriots of both parties. (photo: Shutterstock)