Conservation and conservatism are not opposites, although the present day Republican Party has made them so-
Slate Magazine says that to come back the Republicans have to green up, and it spells out how.
I especially like the section of the article “Don’t cap, don’t trade—tax.:
Taxes on pollution and the depletion of non-renewable resources could be used to dramatically change the way business and personal decisions are made and yet not expand government regulations or increase the government’s share of the revenue pie, IF these new revenues go to replacing existing taxes.