In 2004, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis of South Carolina won 85 percent of the primary vote in the most conservative district of arguably the most conservative state in the union. Six years later, he received only 29 percent of the vote in the primary and was ousted from office by the Tea Party's candidate. Why this precipitous fall from grace?
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, another ultra conservative Republican who has also adopted an activist stance towards renewables, have not come close to experiencing an environmental epiphany. Their enthusiasm for renewable energy is driven primarily by economic pragmatism.