Writing Competition 2013

1st-Place entry

How Conservatives can Take Charge of Climate Change: A letter to Senator Marco Rubio

Dear Senator Rubio,

To many young conservatives like us, it seems that our politics has ridden roughshod all over our ideals. For no issue is this truer than climate change. We are counting on leaders like you to show the

How Conservatives can Take Charge of Climate Change: A letter to Senator Marco Rubio

About the contestants

Bios - 1st Place winners

Rafael “Rafi” Jesus Fernandez III

Rafael “Rafi” Jesus Fernandez III

Rafael “Rafi” Jesus Fernandez III is a senior at Yale and will graduate in 2013 with a major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.

Fernandez is the grandson of Cuban political refugees and was raised with a clear understanding of how

Rafael “Rafi” Jesus Fernandez III


Taylor Gregoire-Wright

Taylor Gregoire-Wright

Taylor Gregoire-Wright graduated from Yale in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies.

During his time at Yale, Gregoire-Wright believed that environmental and economic interests can be best served through decentralizing power and respecting the rights of individuals and communities.

Taylor Gregoire-Wright


Bios - 2nd Place winners

Eric Bradenson (pen name)

Eric Bradenson (pen name)

Our second-place winner is Eric Bradenson.

Bradenson is using a pen name because he currently works as a Republican staffer on Capitol Hill. Bradenson is working for a Republican House Member and opted to remain anonymous for job security reasons.

Eric Bradenson (pen name)


About the contest

E&EI held its first writing contest last year for young conservatives (age 25 and younger) who submitted the best tools for communicating conservative solutions to energy and climate challenges. Submissions could be submitted in different forms (a letter to an elected official, essay or scholarly paper) and were required to address at least one of three criteria below:

  1. Conservatives should care about energy security and climate change.
  2. Conservative political and economic philosophic solutions to energy security and climate change.
  3. Addressing climate change is a matter of preserving liberty and promoting economic growth.

We judged the submissions on how effective they were as a communication tool and how strong of an argument (meaning sound, valid and compelling). There was no cost to enter and the grand prize for the winning piece is a $4,000 cash prize. A $500 cash prize was awarded to the runner(s) up piece(s).