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My Turn: EPA Clean Power Plan will benefit the state’s outdoor industry

Last modified: 10/9/2015 1:42:38 AM
Last month, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which sets standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent (from 2005 standards) by 2030.

The plan sets standards that offer each state the flexibility to achieve the carbon reductions on a case-by-case basis, while creating jobs and reducing energy costs. I went to Capitol Hill representing New Hampshire sportsmen among a group of business owners, the N.H. Public Health Association, Moms Clean Air Force and the faith community, all from New Hampshire. Our group was part of a large lobby group put together by the Climate Action Campaign to gain support for the Clean Power Plan and stop any legislative attacks that could threaten it.

During our day on Capitol Hill, we attended a morning coffee with Sen. Kelly Ayotte, then had a meeting with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, which was followed by a more in-depth meeting with a member of Sen. Ayotte’s staff. We finished the day in a meeting with Rep. Annie Kuster.

Our goal was to thank Sen. Shaheen and Rep. Kuster for their support of the CPP and ask that they oppose any legislative actions that might block it. Our group also had the task of telling Sen. Ayotte, who remains undecided on the CPP, why each of us thought she should support it.

As a professional hunting and fishing guide in New Hampshire, I feel the effects of pollution and climate change first-hand. I feel these effects more during the winter months than any other time of year.

I make more than 50 percent of my annual income guiding ice anglers, mostly on Lake Winnipesaukee, so any changes in our winter patterns immediately translate into dollars and cents lost from my business.

Shorter and warmer winters are causing later ice-in and earlier ice-out on New Hampshire’s lakes and ponds.

In the past five years, the earliest ice-out ever recorded happened on Lake Winnipesaukee, twice. Shortening the length of the ice-fishing season not only means less income for my household, it creates a domino effect that means less revenue generated in-state for things such as meals, lodging and fuel, as well as fishing license sales needed by the self-supporting and financially struggling New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

The CPP is a huge step toward a cleaner, more sustainable future because it focuses on our nation’s leading contributor of air pollution, power plants.

As a sportsman, I may have it easy when it comes to being convinced of the realities of climate change. New Hampshire’s fish and wildlife don’t belong to political parties. For outdoor enthusiasts, carbon pollution is a bad thing, no matter what your political views. Pollution is a nonpartisan issue.

I urge readers to contact Sen. Ayotte (ayotte.senate.gov) and ask that she support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Our wildlife, water, air and economy are depending on it.

(Tim Moore is the owner of Tim Moore Outdoors, a hunting and fishing guide service based in Portsmouth.)


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