Conservation groups sell out to "Carbon Tax"

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The global warming crown promised the conservations groups a big chunk of money if they would help sell their carbon tax, which will be a devastation to the USA's economy.

They took the money, of coarse.



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This update from the Teaming with Wildlife Coalition is provided courtesy of the Arizona Game and Fish Department Commission.


Teaming with Wildlife is a coalition of more than 5,000 public, private and nonprofit organizations working to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered by supporting increased federal and state funding for wildlife conservation. For more information, visit teaming.com.

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May 29, 2008

Sign-on letter for climate change bill

Your help is needed! Please sign-on and circulate the attached letter supporting wildlife funding in the climate change bill that is coming to the Senate floor next week.

Senator Boxer (D-CA), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, just last week released a new version of the Climate Security Act [originally drafted by Senators Lieberman (I-CT) and Warner (R-VA)]. This bill is coming to the Senate floor for a vote next week. We need to get the word out that the conservation community and Teaming with Wildlife is pleased with the inclusion of significant and critically needed funding for the wildlife action plans, and other efforts to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered. More information on the revised bill is below, and the sign-on letter is attached.

WHEN: The deadline is Friday, May 30, 2008, so that it can be delivered the following Monday before voting begins.
WHO: All Teaming with Wildlife groups.
WHAT: Sign-on Letter (see below).
HOW: Send organization’s name and a note saying “SIGN ME UP” to brockbankd@nwf.org.

More information:
The Climate Security Act recognizes the critical need for an investment in our natural resources to help wildlife and ecosystems survive global warming. Through its cap and trade mechanism, the Climate Security Act auctions off pollution permits to industries that emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Five percent of the total value of these permits is given to natural resource agencies to protect wildlife from global warming. This funding for natural resource agencies will increase over time as the cap on carbon drives the price up. The money will be dedicated and not subject to the annual appropriations process.

What does this mean? The total amount of funding - while crucial - is unprecedented. Between 2012 and 2030, $137 billion ($7.2 billion per year) would be dedicated to wildlife and natural resources. Over 40 percent of this (or $2.99 billion per year) would go to state fish and wildlife agencies with the remainder going to the Land and Water Conservation Fund and federal natural resource agencies. The money to states would be distributed through the Wildlife Conservation and Restoration account of the Pittman-Robertson Fund for global warming adaptation measures, and would require only a 10 percent match from states.

Please join Teaming with Wildlife steering committee members, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, National Wildlife Federation, The Wildlife Society, AZA, The Nature Conservancy, and National Audubon Society on the attached letter supporting these provisions in the Climate Security Act. To show your support, please email Derek Brockbank at brockbankd@nwf.org and let him know the name of your organization and that you wish to sign the letter.

______________________________________________________________________
May XX, 2008

Dear Senator:

On behalf of our organizations’ millions of members, we urge Congress to pass legislation that addresses the challenge of climate change by significantly reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and by providing the new investments necessary to protect America’s fish, wildlife, and other natural resources in the face of this unprecedented challenge. In particular, we commend the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 3036) for including the Adaptation Programs for Natural Resources (Title VI, Subtitle D and Title XII, Subtitles C and D). These important subtitles recognize the need to incorporate climate science and policy direction into natural resources conservation planning and provide the investment in natural resources conservation necessary to address climate change’s unavoidable impacts.

Climate change poses the most significant threat to the natural world ever seen in the course of
human history. Scientists warn what natural resources managers, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor recreationists already know: global warming is causing serious damage and disruptions to wildlife and ecosystems. Furthermore, climate scientists predict that such harmful disturbances will accelerate and worsen. These impacts include: changes in seasonal events that disrupt fish and wildlife populations and ecological communities; melting of polar ice caps; acidification of the oceans; declining snowpack; increased drought; warming of rivers, streams, lakes and estuaries; increased threat from invasive species; habitat shifts northward and upward in elevation; and more frequent catastrophic fires.

Each of these impacts poses a serious threat to the natural resource base that supports both people and wildlife. The natural systems that provide us with drinking water, flood protection, food, medicine, timber, recreational opportunities, scenic beauty, jobs, and numerous other services are at great risk.

Addressing these challenges will require an unprecedented new investment in strategies and activities that enhance the resiliency and sustainability of fish, wildlife and their habitats to climate change. We commend S. 3036 for including the Adaptation Programs for Natural Resources which recognize the magnitude of this challenge and dedicate a portion of allowance auction proceeds in a balanced and accountable manner to fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation efforts that address global warming’s impacts.

The balanced approach adopted in these subtitles direct funding to federal, state, and tribal natural resources agencies for a variety of conservation efforts, under the guidance of science-based federal and state natural resources adaptation plans. This vital funding would be used for carrying out activities, including research, education, and planning, that assist fish and wildlife and their habitats in becoming more resilient and adapting to the impacts of climate change.

Adaptation activities would include providing the necessary resources for federal and state land and water managers to ensure the nation’s complex network of federal and state lands, including parks and refuges, preserves, and forests, and the nation’s water resources, such as estuaries, rivers, lakes and wetlands, are able to adapt to climate change’s impacts. These subtitles also place special emphasis on: the protection of important habitat and species migration corridors through the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Forest Legacy Program; programs that partner with landowners to restore and protect species on privately-owned lands; conservation of tribal lands; and coastal and estuarine habitat restoration efforts – all of which face increasing challenges due to global warming and inadequate federal, state, and tribal resources to meet those challenges. These subtitles recognize that federal, state and tribal natural resources agencies are on the front lines of conservation efforts to help fish, wildlife and ecosystems survive global warming and provide the resources those agencies desperately need to meet that challenge.

While recognizing that many of S. 3036’s provisions are still being debated, this legislation represents a needed step forward in addressing the underlying causes of climate change and a strong commitment to providing the policy direction and investment needed to conserve the natural resources that fish, wildlife, and people depend upon. Given what is at risk of being lost, this investment is urgently needed. We urge Congress to pass strong climate change legislation that protects and restores our natural resources legacy - the basis of a strong and healthy society - for our children and future generations.

Sincerely,
Adirondack Council
Alaska Wilderness League
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Animal Protection of New Mexico
Animal Protection Voters
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Audubon Florida
Audubon New York
Audubon Ohio
Black Bear Conservation Committee
Carbon Free Girl
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
Connecticut Forest and Park Association
Conservation Council for Hawaii
Defenders of Wildlife
Delaware Audubon
Delaware Greenways
Delaware Native Plant Society
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Everglades Foundation
Freshwater Future
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Friends of White Clay Creek State Park
Great Lakes Sport Fishing Council
Great Old Broads for Wilderness
Gulf Restoration Network
Illinois Council of Trout Unlimited
Illinois Division, Izaak Walton League of America
Indiana Wildlife Federation
Kansas Wildlife Federation
Kent County Conservancy (Delaware)
Lake Erie Region Conservancy
Lousiana Wildlife Federation
Missouri Smallmouth Alliance
National Audubon Society
National Parks Conservation Association
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Council of Maine
New Mexico Trout
New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Ohio Division, Izaak Walton League of America
Passaic River Coalition
PennFuture
Pennsylvania Interfaith Climate Change Campaign
Pew Environment Group
Potomac Conservancy
River Alliance of Wisconsin
River Valley Wildlife Federation, Arkansas
Rocky Mountain Recreation Initiative
Santa Fe Interfaith Alliance for Environmental Stewardship
Sheep Mountain Alliance
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Texas Conservation Alliance
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy of West Virginia
The Wilderness Society
The Wildlife Society
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
Torne Valley Preservation Association
Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin State Council
Union of Concerned Scientists
Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Virgin Islands Conservation Society
West Branch Conservation Association
West Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited
Western Lake Erie WATERKEEPER® Association
Western Nebraska Resources Council (WNRC)
WildEarth Guardians
Wildlands Project
Wildlife Center of Virginia
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation


The Senate letter is being led again by Senators Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and John Warner (R-VA). The House is being led by Congressmen Mike Thompson (D-CA), Jim Saxton (R-NJ), Ron Kind (D-WI), and Robin Hayes (R-NC). Ron Kind is one of the current co-chairs of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus; several of the others are past chairs.[/b]
 


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