"Excerpts from thomas.loc.gov...
113th Congress (2013-2014)
SPORTSMEN'S HERITAGE AND RECREATIONAL ENHANCEMENT ACT OF 2013 -- (House of Representatives - February 04, 2014)
TITLE IX--CLIMATE CHANGE
Sportsmen are among the first to notice the effects of our changing climate as changes in seasonal distribution of game and diminished natural
habitats becomes more evident. As the climate continues to change, we will experience worse drought, flood, wildfire, and extreme weather events.
For public lands and recreation there, climate change will mean changes in hunting seasons, migratory patterns, and the native and invasive species
populations. We will experience sea level rise, wildfire, drought, and other manifestations of climate change. All of these are altering the landscape
and changing the existing opportunities for hunting, fishing, and recreation on public lands. These should be considered. These will have a greater
effect on sportsmen and on fishermen and hunters than all of the other things we have been talking about today.
More than 75 percent of the Federal lands are open now for recreational hunting, fishing and shooting, but climate change would transform
irreversibly, and in fact is transforming irreversibly, our public lands in ways that will limit the ability of sportsmen to enjoy recreational
activities in these areas.
So this amendment says the Department should consider those things. In fact, it is even more limited than that. It says nothing will prevent the
Department from considering these things. That is what this amendment is. I would hope that the House will accept this. I have been joined by a number
of members of the House Sustainable Energy Coalition in offering this amendment. It is supported by Defenders of Wildlife and the Wilderness Society
and the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington
Now the gentleman is proposing that we give the Secretary another new tool to close lands, without scientific decision making, without accounting
for their actions. The gentleman proposes that we simply grant the Secretary the sole authority to dictate that we close off any and all of our
Nation's lands from hunting and fishing based simply on the Secretary's mere opinion that hunting and fishing are a threat to our Nation's land
because of climate change.
The question was taken; and the Acting Chair announced that the noes appeared to have it.
It seems someone wanted the ability under the guise of climate control to shut down public access to government lands. This was supported by
"Defenders of Wildlife and the Wilderness Society and the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. " They wanted the right to close
down access not based by the present situation only on the threat of climate change causing disruption to nature. Another power grab defeated. I
have not found the vote count at this time.
This is from the 4th of February 2014. Are they through trying this? I'll expet it gets brought up again under another guise. As usual for the
publics good they would be restricted. No problem about resticting access during times of drought or other natural disaster but on just the
possibility of an impact?
OK First time for research item. Here we go!