A Moral Responsibility to Confront Global Warming

from Wildlife Promise

2 5/23/2006 // By Larry Schweiger

Overwhelmingly, America’s forty-million sportsmen and women believe we all have a moral responsibility to confront global warming to protect our children’s future…

This important finding is a part of our recent polling. Complete results will be posted on Field and Stream’s web site www.fieldandstream.com. Today, the full results will be available on our new advocacy web site www.targetglobalwarming.org.

Overwhelmingly, sportsmen believe the U.S. should be a world leader in addressing global warming. The vast majority of hunters and anglers agree with President Bush when he said the Nation is addicted to oil yet, even more said the administration and Congress are not doing enough to break America’s addiction to oil.

A strong majority of hunters and anglers said the country is on the wrong track in meeting our national energy needs. Most believe the best way to address American’s energy future is conserve more, and develop fuel efficient vehicles and renewable forms of energy like wind, solar and ethanol. They overwhelmingly agree that the U.S. should reduce its emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide that contribute to global warming and threaten fish and wildlife habitat.

Outdoor people believe that Congress should pass legislation that sets a clear national goal for reducing global warming pollution with mandatory timelines. Four in five agree that we can improve the environment and strengthen the economy by investing in clean, renewable energy technologies that create jobs while reducing global warming pollution.

I am pleased with these findings. Since the days of Teddy Roosevelt, hunters and anglers have been in the forefront of conservation and I fully expect them to lead the Nation to a better energy future to stop global warming.