Hunters, fishers press for climate change bill

This isn’t exactly a new trend — I remember writing about it several years ago — but it seems to be picking up some steam:

> More than 13,000 hunters and anglers from across the country joined a “virtual town hall” teleconference on Tuesday to hear a discussion of the impact of climate change on fish and wildlife populations, and to voice their support for federal action to limit carbon emissions.

Recently I whined about how environmentalists are a perennial whipping boy. Part of the issue, I think, is that most people view environmental issues as interest group politics. Where topics like employment or security are seen as matters of national importance, environmental issues — even transcendent ones like climate change — remain stuck in the green ghetto.

So I’m always a little bit heartened when I see these issues getting picked up in other venues. Evangelical Christians have likewise become increasingly vocal in their support for climate change legislation:

> Remember the Christian Coalition of America?

> Under the political operative Ralph Reed in the 1990s it was an electoral force to be reckoned with as it mobilized millions of conservative Christians to vote for mostly Republican Party candidates and causes.

> It has since lost influence and political ground to other “religious right” groups such as the Family Research Council. But it remains a sizeable grassroots organization and is still unflinchingly conservative.

> So it will no doubt surprise some to see that this week it has joined with the National Wildlife Federation – whose 4 million members and supporters includes 420,000 sportsmen and women – to run an ad urging the U.S. Senate to pass legislation that among other things addresses the pressing problem of climate change.

Good. This is how you know that progress is inevitable.

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  1. Tom - November 4, 2009

    Finally, the move I have waited for, one based in the English language – conservative and conservationists. Same base word, previously opposite political spectrum. Both with the same interests.
    Now, lets get back to the original leanings of liberals and conservatives. Liberals used to be pro industry and commerce. Conservatives were landowners. This, of course, was in old England a few hundred years ago at the founding of the terms. Recently, these definitions were muddled in the American morass of politics, as well the party platforms which are mostly indistinguishable, one from the other.
    I’ll be interested to see how these former political foes resolve issues of economy, employment, and poverty in a failing American economy.