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GOP conservation cuts rile sportsmen
Politico ^ | 07/13/11 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN

Posted on 07/13/2011 12:46:33 PM PDT by sinanju

Back in power, House Republicans may have poisoned the well with their austere spending strategy, including the fiscal 2012 interior and environment spending bill that is on track for approval Tuesday in the Appropriations Committee.

Under the legislation, the Interior Department’s overall budget would fall $720 million from fiscal 2011. A popular land and water conservation fund would see a more than 80 percent cut to $62 million, while funding for the North American Wetlands Conservation Act would get a 47 percent reduction to $20 million. State Wildlife Grants would also be cut 64 percent to $22 million.

Wildlife-themed riders are also sprinkled throughout the bill, including language that allows chemical companies and large agriculture operators to skirt pesticide permit requirements and enforcement of certain mountaintop mining rules. Conservation groups are complaining the language will dirty rivers and streams they use for recreation.

Other riders include a prohibition on judicial review of Interior’s decision to delist wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region from the Endangered Species Act, as well as a zeroing out of funding for the Fish and Wildlife Service to list new species and designate critical habitat under the law.

“In the past, conservation has been a bipartisan issue. Democrats and Republicans have always agreed about hunting and fishing,” said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, one of four conservation groups that took issue with a GOP-sponsored rider that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from updating Clean Water Act policies dealing with fish and wildlife habitat.

“I think you’re seeing a divide that’s starting to open up that hasn’t always existed in the past and we hope won’t exist for very long,” Fosburgh added.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; conservation; federalspending; wetlands
This is today's POLITICO front-page headliner, dear readers. I'll leave it to ya'll to decide if this is a legit news story or a desperate, cobbled-together attempt to get us mouth-breathing bambi-killers riled at those nasty, penny-pinching Republicans who aren't throwing enough money at the Endangered Species Act and Fish & Wildlife.
1 posted on 07/13/2011 12:46:35 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju

Look, cuts mean cuts. That means everyone. Quit yer bitchin.


2 posted on 07/13/2011 12:51:37 PM PDT by henkster (Ethanol belongs in a beer can, not a gas tank.)
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To: sinanju

I live in a state with a very large hunting population and I haven’t heard a peep out of them.


3 posted on 07/13/2011 12:51:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: sinanju
... Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, ...

Dear ol' Whit is as far from a "sportsman" as you can get. He is an enviro-demon.

4 posted on 07/13/2011 12:52:55 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: sinanju

This is the cost of Obama’s Stimulus, when you blow your money at the bar on your buddies and payoffs to the union, what you gonna do when the rent is due?


5 posted on 07/13/2011 12:53:12 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: sinanju

The only sportsmen that are at all “riled” are those that walk into a store and say, “Can I get me a huntin’ license here?”.


6 posted on 07/13/2011 12:56:37 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

The liberals are trying to seize control of the word “conservation” because they think it will fool us ignernt conservatives. It doesn’t.

The league of conservation voters is a good example of a “non partisan” group of liberals.


7 posted on 07/13/2011 1:01:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

The only sportsmen that are riled up are the ones that ask, “What the hell do you need a gun for?” and state, “You don’t need no damned guns!”


8 posted on 07/13/2011 1:04:00 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( Obama, from "the Audacity of Hope" to just plain audacity...)
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To: sinanju

Whit Fosburgh

http://www.trcp.org/images/uploads/large_news_images/Whit_testify_lg2_photo_courtesy_of_USDOI.jpg

Title
President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Washington D.C. Metro Area | Nonprofit Organization Management

Current:President and CEO at Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Past:Chief Development Officer at Trout Unlimited, Varsity Lightweight Crew Coach at Georgetown University, Director of Fisheries at National Fish and...

Education:Yale University, Georgetown University


9 posted on 07/13/2011 1:08:18 PM PDT by kcvl
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10 posted on 07/13/2011 1:09:42 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: sinanju

The sportsmen in question are closet envirwackos who have taken over all the ngo’s


11 posted on 07/13/2011 1:11:13 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: cripplecreek

“Sportsmen continue to support responsible energy development, yet we will not sit idly by while public resources are ignored to meet the financial needs of energy companies – and certainly not at the expense of our nation’s great natural resources legacy and outdoor traditions,” said Fosburgh.

Trout Unlimited National Office

current president and Chief Executive Officer, Charles Gauvin, is an environmental attorney with extensive experience in blocking permits under the federal Clean Water Act. Before coming to TU (1991)

In 2000, Trout Unlimited became the “fiscal sponsor” of the new “Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Alliance” (TRCA). By 2002, Trout Unlimited passed more than $2 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the new TRCA. The new group was not incorporated and had no IRS exempt status of its own and was ineligible for foundation contributions, so the Pew grants did not mention the new group by name.

The Alliance originally covered anti-industry activism only on National Forest lands. It later changed its name to Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and expanded its mission to cover anti-industry activism on all government lands, federal and state, and legislation that affects all private lands, such as the Endangered Species Act.

Today Trout Unlimited has a $20 million annual budget, mostly gained from foundation grants. It also got $2.2 million in government grants. TU uses taxpayer money to lobby for removal of hydroelectric dams, tightening environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act, and is closely allied to groups intent on ending the use of fossil fuels.

Trout Unlimited is one of the three creators of Sportsmen for Responsible Oil and Gas Development (aka Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development), a ruse to shut down oil and gas production throughout the United States.

CHARLES GAUVIN
PRESIDENT/CEO
$201,400

HILLARY COLEY
VP ADMIN/CFO
$119,038

CHRISTOPHER WOOD
VP CONSERVATION
$133,274

WHIT FOSBURGH
VP PR. DEVELOPMENT
$130,824

STEVE MOYER
VP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
$121,324

COURTNEY CUFF
DIR. ORV ISSUES
$105,000

http://tinyurl.com/67fhca6


12 posted on 07/13/2011 1:14:07 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: sinanju

Whit Fosburgh-Global Warming & Coldwater Fisheries

Whit Fosburgh’s presentation will focus on issues regarding global
warming, its impact on cold water fisheries, and its affect on trout and
salmon. At the heart of Whit’s presentation is a theme titled “A
Conservation Agenda”, which will bring to bare questions and answers
about what we can do to address those issues.

http://leapbio.org/pipermail/members_leapbio.org/2008-November/000153.html


13 posted on 07/13/2011 1:17:05 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: sinanju
Additionally, Fosburgh served as fisheries’ director for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, was chief environment and energy staff person for Sen. Tom Daschle and was a wildlife specialist for the National Audubon Society.
14 posted on 07/13/2011 1:18:52 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

No real hunters buy into the trout unlimited or ducks unlimited scams anymore.


15 posted on 07/13/2011 1:22:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: sinanju

Cuts are needed, and I realize my sacred cows are not immune just because they’re mine.


16 posted on 07/13/2011 1:32:36 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: sinanju

Oh, how is it we ever had any wildlife before the Federal Government got involved?


17 posted on 07/13/2011 1:49:09 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: sinanju
The entire country needs to get with the program and not just anticipate significant cuts in favorite programs, but welcome them.

In a nearby city the USPO wants to close the old downtown post office which is lightly used to cut costs, and has no parking area.. The main postoffice in no more than two miles away, easy to access and plenty of parking.

Downtown business people, probably many Republicans, are howling about the inconvenience. IMO we need to close this and many other government operations and get this runaway economy under control.

18 posted on 07/13/2011 1:58:01 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: sinanju

Allows for salaries and benefits of government-employed, PhD. biologists to continue.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 2:14:59 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in a thunderous avalanche of rottenness smelled around the earth.)
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To: sinanju

BTW, cut away. With fewer persons paid to be busybodies, we’re on a path to more freedoms.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 2:16:54 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in a thunderous avalanche of rottenness smelled around the earth.)
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To: sinanju

Most of those groups are just fronts to try and sway voter opinion....”Seee...I’m just like you! We are all on the same side!” To those fake groups and their leaders I say Not hardly you limp-wristed jackwagons. Just another ploy by the leftists out there to try and camo themselves to be anything but what they actually are and get the terminally stupid to go along with them, which usually means congress.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 2:40:59 PM PDT by domeika
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To: elpadre
Downtown business people, probably many Republicans, are howling about the inconvenience.

Sometime back I talked with the postmaster of my hamlet about the constant call for more money from the USPS. He said part of the problem was that in many areas where there are redundant distribution centers, the locals and their congressman set up a howl of protest when a consolidation of these areas is proposed. This appears to be a good example..

22 posted on 07/13/2011 3:12:01 PM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: DoughtyOne

Ah, but libruls have always stood forsquare for Americans to have the right to own Elmer Fudd shotguns and hunt ducks.


23 posted on 07/13/2011 4:01:35 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: sinanju
the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Well, that's all you really need to know, isn't it.

Teddy R., the original environmentalist RINO (and I never use that term lightly).

24 posted on 07/13/2011 4:06:21 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Nobody is in a position to decree what should make a fellow man happier. -- L. Von Mises)
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To: sinanju

They sure have. /s


25 posted on 07/13/2011 8:24:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne ( Obama, from "the Audacity of Hope" to just plain audacity...)
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