Fighting back to protect our public lands is on with outdoor companies, hunters, tree huggers, like yours truly, and everyone else who love nature, determined to prevent brain dead politicians and greedy corporations who see profit above all else, destroy irreplaceable national treasures for the sake of short term gain.
The outdoor industry, for much of its existence, has been careful not to take partisan sides and, perhaps as a result, has been dismissed by Washington insiders as a loose collection of dirtbag climbers and tree huggers, rather than the thriving, tech-driven sector of the economy that it is. But a recent bipartisan bill passed in Congress, the Outdoor Recreation, Jobs, and Economic Impact Act, or REC Act, tasked the budget office with separating statistics on outdoor businesses from other manufacturing and recreation figures and officially assessing the industry’s overall economic impact. The Outdoor Industry Association, the nonprofit that represents outdoor companies, has conservatively estimated that figure at $646 billion, and if the government tally comes in close to that, it will translate into massive influence.
“Having the support of our entire industry is crucial. It lets activists know that they’re not alone in this fight, and it lets lawmakers know that a large industry will not stand for efforts to compromise or threaten our public lands.”
BRT posted a blurb about the Utah fiasco titled Blinding Stupidity & Arrogance. Seems us citizens are taking this fight to congress, something TR would support without question.