Skip to comments.GOP conservation cuts rile sportsmen
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 Departments 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 Interiors 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 youre seeing a divide thats starting to open up that hasnt always existed in the past and we hope wont exist for very long, Fosburgh added.
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Look, cuts mean cuts. That means everyone. Quit yer bitchin.
I live in a state with a very large hunting population and I haven’t heard a peep out of them.
Dear ol' Whit is as far from a "sportsman" as you can get. He is an enviro-demon.
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?
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?”.
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.
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!”
President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
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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
The sportsmen in question are closet envirwackos who have taken over all the ngo’s
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 nations 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.
VP PR. DEVELOPMENT
VP GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
DIR. ORV ISSUES
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.
No real hunters buy into the trout unlimited or ducks unlimited scams anymore.
Cuts are needed, and I realize my sacred cows are not immune just because they’re mine.
Oh, how is it we ever had any wildlife before the Federal Government got involved?
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.
Allows for salaries and benefits of government-employed, PhD. biologists to continue.
BTW, cut away. With fewer persons paid to be busybodies, we’re on a path to more freedoms.
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