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Rise of the Eco-Right

September 7, 2021
By Hayden Ludwig (Editor)

“Eco-Right” groups identify themselves as free market or broadly right-of-center and yet are embracing environmental alarmism, in the process undermining energy freedom and promoting bigger government.

Liberal mega-donors are funding groups the Capital Research Center (CRC) labels as "Eco Right." The “eco-Right,” is CRC's name for "the few dozen lobbying, litigation, and activist nonprofits that identify themselves as free market or broadly right-of-center and yet are attempting to rebrand environmentalism and global warming ideology as conservative values. In the process, they are threatening to undermine both affordable energy in America and the future of the conservative movement."

This study shows why the policies pushed by eco-right groups coincide with those pushed by their liberal donor base, and how it undermines a conservative commitment to limited government and individual freedom.

The CRC admits it is skeptical supposed human caused climate change poses a catastrophic threat to human existence, but that is not the focus of this paper. Rather it it simply to disclose the source of the eco-Right’s funders and the implications of policies, like carbon dioxide taxes, it is promoting, not its motives.