Young Conservatives for Energy Reform Newsletter
2017 has started off very exciting for the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. We have had some great meetings all over the country in the last few months. With Chairmen already in place in over half the country, we are working on our goal of having a state chairman in every state by the end of the year.
We have attended some great events the last few months which included the Republican Jewish Coalition annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. We heard about how the Israel is one of the leading countries on clean energy. Several of our YC4ER leaders attended the conference and we were honored to hear from many wonderful speakers which included Vice-President Pence, former Vice-President Dick Cheney, U.S. Senator Cory Gardener (CO), and my U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham (SC).
In March, we visited Denver. Colorado and met with several key leaders of the Colorado state senate and state house members. Colorado is leading the way on clean energy and renewables in the country. I was very pleased the state legislature wants to continue to promote clean energy legislation. We also had a great event with the Colorado Young Conservatives for Energy Reform with special guest speaker, General Richard Zilmer and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (CO). We look forward to working with the great supporters in Denver and throughout the state.
We are planning many events around the country in the next couple of months which will include Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio and Texas. Please set your calendars for our upcoming 2017 Clean Energy Summit which will be held on October 4 – 6, 2017 in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency. We are expecting hundreds of young leaders from around the country to attend. The agenda this year is going to very exciting will include members of Congress, clean industry leaders and YC4ER leaders from around the country.
We look forward to seeing everyone soon. Thank you for all you do as we make America great by promoting clean energy to our fellow conservatives.
Founder and Chairman
YC4ER Visits Colorado Legislative Leaders
During YC4ER’s recent visit to Colorado, members of YC4ER leadership met with key leaders in the Colorado General Assembly. YC4ER met with Senate President Grantham, Senate Majority Leader Holbert, and House Minority Leader Neville, among others. The legislative leaders were very receptive to the YC4ER platform and look forward to continuing working with our group to promote all-of-the-above energy energy policies in Colorado.
Colorado YC4ER event in Denver, Colorado
After a full day of meetings with the Colorado Legislature, the Christian Coalition, Colorado YC4ER, Defend our Future, and the Colorado Young Republicans hosted a fantastic event at Chopper’s Sports Grill in Denver. Over 75 people came out to hear General Richard Zilmer (Ret.), and hear remarks from U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (CO). Several state leaders were in attendance including Colorado State Representative Kim Ransom.
YC4ER attends Republican Jewish Coalition Leadership Meeting
Members of YC4ER leadership attended the Republican Jewish Coalition’s Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. During the meeting, YC4ER members spoke with former Vice President Dick Cheney, U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (CO), U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (IA), and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC). They also met with U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL) and Governor Eric Greitens (MO). Members of the RJC enjoyed learning about the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform and agreed that pursuing alternative energy sources is vital to protecting America and her ally, Israel. We heard from members of the Israeli Defense Forces who told us Israelis utilize clean energy both in and out of military life to better keep their nation safe.
YC4ER Member Spotlight: North Carolina YC4ER Chairman E.J. Wilder
Emmanuel grew up in Denver, Colorado before moving with his family to North Carolina to finish High School and attend college. He is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He currently lives in the Raleigh area where he is employed at Fidelity Investments, working as a Global Technical Lead responsible for the technical infrastructure across 3 countries.
EJ has a passion for service and the community. In that spirit, he is a member of the East Carolina University Computer Science Advisory Board, and has been appointed by the Governor to sit as a member of the North Carolina Museum of Nature and Science Advisory Board as well one of the 3 public members for the North Carolina State Bar Council. In addition, EJ works with a group of young boys in a mentoring program through the graduate chapter of his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
EJ has been active in the local county party for several years. During that time, he has served on the technology committee, special events, chairman of the finance committee, 3rd Vice Chairman of the Wake County Republican Party, and the NCGOP Resolutions Committee. In addition, he serves as the political director of the local Wake County Young Republicans.
EJ has had the privilege to serve as the National Committeeman for the North Carolina Federation of Young Republicans, an in addition the chair of the education committee for the YRNF. Currently, EJ is the Chairman of the North Carolina Chapter of the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform.
SAVE THE DATE!!
We are hosting our annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit October 4th
, in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. We will once again have a packed schedule planned with many U.S. Senators, House members and industry leaders. Last year, we had a great event and brought in over 500 attendees from around the country. We are looking forward to growing our Summit once again this year. We will take the issue of energy reform to Capitol Hill and visit with conservative law makers. Apply for a scholarship that will include travel, lodging, and meals
by visiting: https://conservativecleanenergysummit2017.eventbrite.com
. Apply today as spaces will fill-up fast!
THE INNOVATION SHOWCASE
The Innovation Showcase is back after a successful first year. The Innovation Showcase helps our attendees see clean energy in action by:
- Highlighting innovation in the clean energy sector by sharing some of the new and exciting technologies and products that are coming to market during the Welcome Reception.
- Providing tangible products and concepts for attendees to support, giving them specific stories to share in their communities.
- Creating opportunities for start-up companies to showcase their products, giving them greater exposure to interested consumers and legislators.
- Tying in the real jobs and opportunities that are being created by stimulating innovation in the energy markets.
- Offering the clean energy business community a chance to share their vision, during our Spotlight on Innovation segments.
- Providing opportunities for expanded discussion during related break-out sessions.
YC4ER attends AWEA Wind Works for America Rally
Keith den Hollander spoke at the AWEA Wind Works for America Rally in Washington D.C. in February. Members of the D.C. Area YC4ER were on hand with Michele Combs to rally support for wind energy in America.
Recent studies have shown wind energy becoming cheaper to produce while employing more Americans every year. YC4ER is energized by the potential that wind energy has in the United States.
YC4ER Congratulates Secretary Rick Perry
Michele Combs and the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform congratulate Rick Perry for his recent confirmation as Secretary of Energy. We look forward to working with Secretary Perry as he leads the Department of Energy.
During Rick Perry’s tenure as Governor of Texas, Texas became a leader in wind energy and consistently met renewable energy standards. Secretary Perry will be an invited speaker at our annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit in Washington DC this October.
YC4ER applauds formation of the Climate Solutions Caucus
The recent formation of the bi-partisan Climate Solutions Caucus is supported by the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform. In February, Michele Combs was able to speak with caucus co-founder U.S. Congressman Carlos Curbelo (FL). Congressman Curbelo looks forward to working with YC4ER and will be invited to speak at our annual Conservative Clean Energy Summit in Washington D.C. We look forward to working with Congressman Curbelo and other conservative members of the Climate Solutions Caucus including; U.S. Congresswoman Mia Love (UT), U.S. Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (NY), U.S. Congressman Darrell Issa (CA), and many others.
YC4ER in the News - YC4ER opposes repeal of Methane Waste Rule
Excerpt from an op-ed written by YC4ER President Michele Combs: “Each year, more than $330 million worth of natural gas is lost due to venting on federal and tribal lands. That much gas could supply 1.5 million American homes with heating and cooking gas – that’s over half the housing units in our entire state.
In response to this waste of our natural resources, the Bureau of Land Management required oil and gas operations on federal lands to tighten up ship. Cutting down on waste to provide even more natural resources to the American people is something every conservative can get behind. But, the Senate is now considering axing that rule. It would be a huge and unnecessary giveaway to gas companies at the expense of the taxpayer.”
YC4ER in Action - Announcements and Events
Over the next few months, we are planning a host of fun and informational events to highlight the importance of Conservative energy reform around the country. We are currently working on events in several key states as YC4ER continues to educate and advance conservative energy reform among Republicans. Be on the lookout for further details of upcoming YC4ER events near you!
- April: North Carolina and Nevada
- May: Kansas – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (SC), Invited and Ohio – U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs (OH), Invited
- June: Arizona and Texas
- October: Clean Energy Summit – October 4-5, 2017 in Washington, DC
Today, young conservatives are playing an active role in government again by uniting to have a voice in public policy. Thousands of young conservative leaders have been elected to local, state and federal office. We are changing policy and influencing decisions from school boards all the way to the US Congress. Add your voice to the millions across America who have said it's time to educate our citizens in order to bring about pro-business, clean energy development and legislation. You can help by joining with us!
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