Why are conservatives OK with waste?

By Steve Bonowski

Waste is not conservative. That is why conservative presidents from Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan made fighting waste a priority. Both presidents believed that conservation was essential to keeping America strong.

That’s why any true conservative should support efforts to prevent the kind of waste that costs taxpayers a bundle. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently took a great step in that direction with its Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, which requires oil and gas companies to be responsible and capture the natural gas they extract from our public lands. Unfortunately, on Feb. 3 the House of Representatives voted to repeal the rule with most Republicans in agreement: Eleven Republicans voted against the repeal; three Democrats voted for it. Now, the issue has moved to the Senate.

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