What's Patriotic? Conservation
At times it seems that Republicans and Democrats can't agree on anything, but every once in awhile there is an issue that can unite both parties. According to a new study by the Nature Conservancy conducted together by both a Democratic and a Republican research company, one of those issues is conservation. There finding is that over 80% of Americans believe that it's a patriotic duty to protect the nation's natural resources, including 89% of Democrats, 79% of Republicans and 79% of Independents.
Some of the key finding include 79% of respondents believe that it's possible for the U.S. to protect nature while simultaneously having a strong economy. Even those that feel that the U.S. economy has serious problems (80%), 74% don't think it's a good idea to cut funding for conservation. A whopping 83% said they were willing to increase taxes on themselves in order to better protect land, water and wildlife habitat where they live.
One of the key components to celebrating Independence Day is to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends. Active military and their families recently were awarded free access to all national parks through a new annual national park pass for military. Even the $80 America the Beautiful annual national park pass can potentially save families hundreds of dollars. There really is no better way to be patriotic than to celebrate in beautiful scenery that both liberals and conservatives, as well as everyone in between, agrees is a fundamental patriotic part of being an American.
(Photo courtesy of NPB)