Why the surprise? My conservationism flows organically from my conservatism, which has always been about conserving what is good & what works, and a healthy environment is good.
Field hardened may be distinct in a number of ways from the fevered armchair types who wear their allegiance, (especially on 'Earth Day") like some disposable plastic fashion accessory.
For instance, very few of the latter have planted a single tree, let alone (about) half a million, as I have. Too much work. ..or made the effort to learn what % of the greenhouse effect is actually human caused. (About 1/4-1/3 of 1%)
You've never heard of 'liberal guilt' or the Freudian Projection thereof?
Thanks for engaging.