U.S. conservatives stake claim to climate activism with Miami rally

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By Timothy Gardner (Reuters) – For Benji Backer, being conservative means believing in limited government, market-based solutions — and the scientists who say carbon emissions must be cut to avoid the worst of climate change. On Saturday, Backer’s nonprofit, the American Conservation Coalition, will hold what it believes is the country’s first conservative climate rally, part of an effort by the 23-year-old activist to convince fellow right-leaning Americans they don’t have to be liberals to support action on the issue. The rally is being held in Miami, a city threatened by tidal floods from …

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