RI Young Republicans Earn Scholarships to National Clean Energy Summit

Three Young Republican’s selected to represent RI in D.C. at Clean Energy Reform Conference

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Young Republicans (RIYR) are set to be on the national stage again this week as they head to the nation’s capital for the 2017 Young Conservative 4 Energy Reform Clean Energy Summit. Three members of the RIYR leadership team have been awarded full scholarships to attend the national summit in Washington, D.C. from October 4-6.

Rob Sullivan, RIYR Chairman of South Kingstown, Cory Pacheco, Chief of Staff of Smithfield, and Ed Tarnowski, URI College Republicans President of Scituate, will represent the RIYRs among an estimated 500 attendees from across the country at this year’s summit. The summit schedule includes an opening reception Wednesday night, all day program Thursday, followed by a formal dinner with a closing breakfast on Friday morning.

“As young Republicans, many times we are wrongfully accused of “not caring about the environment.” said chairman Rob Sullivan. “Some polls show numbers as high as 80% of millennials view the environment as one of their top 3 concerns including among Republicans. As a longtime landscaping contractor, I deeply care about our planet and just because we as Republicans do not believe in the current path of ‘green energy at any and every cost – or tax,’ does not mean that we don’t support smart and fiscally responsible policy in regard to the future of renewable energy.” Sullivan adds, “At last year’s summit – after speaking with heads of leading organizations in solar and nuclear power – I learned that not all renewable energy sources are made equal and some forms are inferior and soon to be outdated, which is where I draw my strong concerns about Rhode Island’s costly Deep Water Wind project.”

Rhode Island Republican party chairman, Brandon Bell commented, “The Rhode Island Young Republicans have expressed their concerns to me about Rhode Island’s policies in regard to renewable energy, so I was thrilled to learn their leadership was awarded these scholarships.”

Last year’s conference included speeches from Republican US Senators Grassley, Graham and Heller as well as Republican US Congressman Sanford, Young and Gibson.

About the Rhode Island Young Republicans
The Rhode Island Young Republicans (RIYR) are Rhode Island’s next generation of leaders – 18 to 40 years of age – focused on smaller, ethical government, better school systems, and a stronger business climate in the Ocean State. The RIYRs are a member of the Young Republican National Federation, the premier Republican grassroots organization in the nation, providing essential grassroots support for Republican candidates and conservative issues on the local, state and national levels.

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