FEATURE (Yale Climate Connections): This Republican college student wants the GOP to support clean energy

**As published at Yale Climate Connections

Climate action and environmentalism are often stereotyped as liberal causes. But college student Benji Backer wants to change that.

Backer: “Knowing a lot of young conservatives who felt left behind in these issues, I realized that there needed to be an organization to represent young conservatives who believed in pro-environmental values. Looking back at history, Republicans and conservatives were environmental stewards and made a lot of the great decisions in terms of environmental policies.” 

So last year Backer founded the American Conservation Coalition. The organization works with conservative groups on college campuses to rally Republican students around free-market solutions to environmental problems.