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Poll: 4 in 5 Americans Support Conservation

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If you link to the report of the pollsters, you will see that these results for the most part hold across party affiliation and demographic groups.

The poll results are puzzling, however, in that they seem so out of line with recent actions by Congress. A good example is the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) which provides funding for the creation of national, state and local parks, wildlife refuges and forests — the kinds of places Americans visit on the Fourth of July.

Recently, the House of Representatives deleted from the Transportation Bill a provision that would provide two years of certain funding for the LWCF. And the House Appropriations Committee cut the President’s proposed funding of LWCF for FY 2013 by 80 percent along with deep cuts to other natural resource programs.

And yet, in a specific poll question about LWCF more than four-in-five American voters (82 percent) support ensuring that a “portion of federal offshore drilling fees already being paid by oil and gas companies is dedicated to LWCF, which was created by Congress so that these fees could be used for conserving natural areas, wildlife, and clean water and providing access to outdoor recreation throughout the country.”

In response to this seemingly stark contrast between government actions and voter views, Mark Tercek, President of The Nature Conservancy said, “Given these poll results, we are deeply concerned that public conservation policy in our country today is departing from America’s bipartisan conservation tradition and does not reflect the current thinking of Americans across the political spectrum. In particular, the idea that there is inevitably a conflict between our economy and our environment is not borne out by popular views. The vast majority of Americans value the many ways nature benefits them and their communities — just as strongly as they always have.”

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7:48AM PDT on Oct 5, 2014

thank you

7:23AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

So, now 4 out of 5 Americans just have to act like they say...

3:51AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

That's great news, 4 out of 5 Americans now supporting conservation! I'm really pleased!

3:34PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Conservation is a must. We may already be too late in some instances.

4:05PM PST on Feb 19, 2014

thank you

11:15PM PST on Jan 21, 2014

This is actually a fantastic blogs! More of these details are superb -it is nice to see one that current.
Albion

7:54AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

Seems people believe in conservation, but not many are doing anything about it, and as for governments (especially here in Canada, the environment has been downgraded and now all they want is more pipelines, and rail tankers to ship oil).

10:22AM PDT on May 30, 2013

If this is the case, why do a minority of people prevent action?

8:06PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

so let see some action enough talk

1:17AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Consevation is a must for sustained living so why are the goverments the last to get on board!!

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