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December 3, 2012

GOP Accidentally Supports Environmentalists

Filed under: Uncategorized — trp2011 @ 7:52 PM
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Sometimes the Republican insanity of not raising taxes provides some good. Such might be the case of the Sportsman Act of 2012, a collection of 17 bills sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT). The act expand public access for fishing and hunting while supporters claim that it will conserve valuable fish and wildlife habitat.

Environmental groups object because it contains an exemption allowing imports of threatened polar bear parts from Canada despite the Endangered Species Act’s prohibition against such trade, something that Sarah Palin desperately wants. The bill also prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating components “used in shot, bullets and other projectiles,” such as bullets and fishing tackle. Because it bars the the agency from outlawing lead, imperiled California condors, bald eagles, and and 130 other species of wildlife can be killed.

Humans also risk lead poisoning from accidentally eating lead fragments and residues in game shot with lead ammunition. Recent studies and scientific reports show elevated blood lead levels in hunters eating lead-infected meat, as well as dangerous lead contamination of venison donations to low-income food banks.

Killing things—that sounds like something that the GOP wants to do. The problem, however is that the measure raises the price of duck stamps, required for hunting licenses, up $10 from $15 to $25. The increase would buy wetlands used by waterfowl. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) complained that the expenditure violates the Budget Control Act of 2011 that caps congressional panels.

This bill even has the support of the National Rifle Association. The House has already passed a similar version of the bill which includes language blocking the president from declaring any new national monuments under the Antiquities Act.

These are the people who will eventually settle the fiscal “cliff”?

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