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David Jenkins
David Jenkins is President of Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship (CRS), a national grassroots and educational organization dedicated to advancing the original conservative philosophy that compels us to be good stewards of our natural heritage.

Prior to being president of CRS, Mr. Jenkins maintained its sister organization ConservAmerica's Washington D.C. presence and its relationships with members of Congress, the White House and federal agencies. He has written and spoken extensively about many of today’s most pressing environmental issues, conservatism from a traditionalist perspective, the Republican Party, and the influence of talk radio. He was a regular blogger on and his writing has appeared in dozens of newspapers and other publications.

In 2008 he served as National Coordinator of the Environmental Stewardship Coalition for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

From 1993 through 2004 Jenkins served as Director of Conservation and Public Policy for the American Canoe Association (ACA). Under his direction, ACA became widely recognized for its effective legal enforcement of the Clean Water Act, its landmark efforts to reduce pulp and paper mill pollution, and its success protecting wild waterways.

Entries by David Jenkins

Why Conservatism Needs Wilderness

(11) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 5:07 PM

Fifty years ago this week the Wilderness Act was signed into law. Some may be surprised to learn that one of its most ardent and crucial champions was a conservative Congressman from Pennsylvania coal country named John Saylor.

Congressman Saylor -- who grew up hunting and fishing -- loved the...

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Dole Is Conservative, Cruz Is Not

(172) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 12:38 PM

Last week at CPAC, with his cocksure arrogance on full display, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) mocked former Republican presidential nominees Bob Dole, John McCain and Mitt Romney as candidates that do not stand on principle. The implication being that those men lost because they were not conservative enough.

No one...

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The GOP's Cuccinelli Problem

(243) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 7:22 AM

If Ted Cruz and company's government shutdown exercise is exhibit A for what is ailing the Republican Party, Terry McAuliffe's victory over Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia's gubernatorial race should be exhibit B.

On the red state/blue state spectrum, Virginia is probably best described as magenta. Its hue is still more...

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The Media Should Stop Calling Tea Party Radicals "Conservative"

(4) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:51 PM

It does not seem to matter what Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and other Tea Party lawmakers do, or how radical their agenda or tactics, the media continues to call them "conservative." The same goes for the policy positions they peddle, no matter how extreme or unproven, the media will label...

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GOP Hopes Succumb to Fringe Politics

(108) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 12:56 AM

With President Obama's popularity waning, an anemic economy, and voters still concerned about the nation's fiscal health, Mitt Romney and GOP candidates down ticket were presented with a golden opportunity to win control of all three branches of government -- and they had unprecedented money advantage supporting their efforts.


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On Climate, Candidates Should Follow Reagan's Example

(6) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 4:02 PM

As we edge closer to another presidential election, one topic that has received almost no attention from the candidates is climate change. This at a time when Americans are finding their lives more beset by the symptoms of a changing climate, such as extreme heat, widespread drought, and violent storms...

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In Life Debate, Phony Labels Obscure Moral Failings

(20) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 4:30 PM

As someone who is pro-life, I really get annoyed at the term "pro-choice" to describe those who support abortion rights. In the vast majority of cases, the 1.2 million women who get an abortion every year have already made conscious choices that resulted in a pregnancy.

They, along with their...

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The Dim World of Light Bulb Politics

(22) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 10:56 AM

In 2007, major lighting manufacturers worked with Congress to craft new energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. They were worried that states would adopt 50 separate standards and they knew that a 40-year old technology existed to make better incandescent light bulbs -- ones that were...

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Santorum's Impious Denial Theology

(124) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 3:41 PM

As Rick Santorum has tried to explain his "phony theology" comment aimed at President Obama, he has revealed some radical ideas of his own. They not only seem to reflect a breathtaking lack of knowledge about basic ecology, but also run equally afoul of both conservatism and Biblical...

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