The Cavalry Rides


In April of 2005 Uncle TreeHugger wrote here that "When the cavalry rides, and it will eventually, there's going to be thundering hooves, just like the first Earth Day". As of May of 2006, the hook and bullet crowd is saddled up. Celebrate the occasion. City cousin visits to the country are going to be a bit more peaceful. Just check out the guest editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel titled "Sportsmen sound global warming warning." The big metrics quote: " according to a first-ever survey of sportsmen on their attitudes about global warming, three-quarters of hunters and anglers nationwide said they've witnessed at least one of these telltale signs. The majority believes the changes are related to global warming".This writer's personal favorite quote from the MJS piece: "Like most Americans, we don't concern ourselves with the complexities of climate models, ice core samples and algorithms. But, thanks to our love of wildlife, we know that something is happening in the forests and grasslands where we hunt and in the streams and rivers where we fish".

Here's an entry to the full survey report and a state-by-state analsis: Target Global Warming Below are some key excerpts from the MJS piece.

"According to the poll, commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation, a majority of sportsmen, 67%, identify global warming as an urgent problem; 82 % believe the nation can invest in clean, renewable energy technologies that create jobs while reducing pollution.

Overwhelmingly, 80% of hunters and anglers surveyed believe the United States should be a world leader in addressing global warming, and 82% believe solving the problem should be a high priority.

They are clearly underwhelmed by Washington's lack of leadership: 81% agree with President Bush that the nation is addicted to oil; 86% said the administration and Congress are not doing enough to break that addiction; 70% said the country is on the wrong track in meeting national energy needs.

Instead, they strongly support solutions that emphasize conservation and developing new and alternatives sources of fuel. Only 15% think drilling for more oil and gas in the U.S., including on public lands, is the right direction".

Beltway insiders should take note: Sportsmen clearly expect more from their elected leaders and are indicating that this lack of leadership may not go unnoticed when they vote in November. Nearly two-thirds, 64%, said they would favor a candidate who supports strong laws and immediate action on global warming while 28% said a candidate who merely supports voluntary efforts and research would gain their support.

When asked whether they would support legislation that boosts research and development of clean energy technologies and funds state efforts to help wildlife adapt global warming, 77% said they would".

Art credit: Frederick Remington's "Charge of The Cavalry"

Uncle TreeHugger sez: "Time to join a local sportsmans' club and go fishing. What you catch is locally produced and organic."