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From Hunters & Fishermen to Greenies on Earth Day: “You’re Quite Welcome!”

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From Hunters & Fishermen to Greenies on Earth Day: “You’re Quite Welcome!”

To date, hunters and fisherpersons have shelled out over $20 billion “on behalf of the environment.
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“Over four decades ago, Americans from all walks of life came together to tackle a shared challenge,” declared President Obama in his Earth Day address. “The first Earth Day was a call to action for every citizen, every family, and every public official. It gave voice to the conservation movement.”

In fact, well before the first Earth Day, millions of Americans “came together” in a “conservation movement.” Alas, to President Obama and most of his staff those millions of Americans mostly belonged to those insufferable rustics who “cling to guns and bibles.” To wit:

The Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) imposed an excise tax of 10 per cent on all hunting gear. Then the Dingell-Johnson act (1950) did the same for fishing gear. The Wallop-Breaux amendment (1984) extended the tax to the fuel for boats. All of this lucre goes to “protect the environment” in the form of buying and maintaining National Wildlife Refuges, along with state programs for buying and maintaining various forms of wildlife habitat.

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