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GLIN==> MI Sportsmen Call for Action on Global Warming

Michigan Sportsmen: U.S. Energy Policy 
"Is On the Wrong Track,"
Call for Action on Global Warming

LANSING, MI (May 18) -- Upset with a U.S. energy policy addicted to oil,
the majority of Michigan hunters and anglers want the government to
invest in new, renewable sources of energy to create jobs, protect
wildlife, and to combat global warming, according to a new poll released

"Michigan sportsmen are tired of mercury-contaminated fish from
coal-burning power plants, shortened ice-fishing seasons due to warming
temperatures, and 
$3-a-gallon gas prices," said Sam Washington, executive director of
Michigan United Conservation Clubs. "Sportsmen know full well the
problems wrought by an energy policy dependent on fossil fuels. Now,
they want energy solutions. They want the government to act."

The first-ever poll to gauge the attitudes of Michigan's hunters and
anglers on global warming and energy policy found that 89 percent of
Michigan sportsmen agree with President Bush's State of the Union
assertion that the nation is addicted to oil. Of those, 75 percent say
the U.S. government is not doing enough to break that addiction.
Overall, 64 percent of those polled say the nation is on the wrong track
in meeting its energy needs.

According to the poll, Michigan sportsmen want government to act to
address energy policy and global warming. The poll finds that: 

==63 percent of Michigan sportsmen say global warming is occurring; 
==56 percent agree that it is an urgent problem requiring immediate
==65 percent agree that Congress should pass legislation that sets a
clear national goal for reducing global warming pollution with mandatory

"For sportsmen, the verdict is in," said Andy Buchsbaum, director of the
National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes office. "Global warming is
occurring. It's time to stop talking about the problem and start solving

The poll shows that sportsmen very strongly support solutions that
emphasize conservation and developing new and alternative sources of
fuel, both at the state and federal level.

The poll comes as Gov. Jennifer Granholm and state legislators including
Sen. Bruce Patterson (R-Canton) craft a new energy plan for the state.

"The poll reinforces the notion that behind every challenge lies an
opportunity," said Washington. "Sportsmen see the opportunity to create
a new generation of jobs as we move toward new efficient technologies
and clean and renewable sources of energy."

According to the poll, 80 percent of Michigan sportsmen would support a
state law requiring power companies in Michigan to gradually increase
the amount of electricity they generate from renewable sources, such as
wind, solar, or landfill gas.

In Michigan, more than 1.7 million residents--one out of every six
people--hunt or fish, adding more than $2 billion to the state's economy
while supporting 33,000 jobs.

Among the poll's findings:

==74 percent of Michigan sportsmen agree that we can improve the
environment and strengthen the economy by investing in clean, renewable
energy technologies that create jobs while reducing global warming

==More than three-quarters (80 percent) say the best way to address
American's energy future is conserve more, and develop fuel efficient
vehicles and renewable forms of energy like wind, solar and ethanol.

==A bare 12 percent of those surveyed think drilling for more oil and
gas in the U.S., including on public lands, is the best way to address
America's energy needs. 

==73 percent support funding to America's auto industry to help retool
auto plants to incorporate the latest gas-saving technologies.

==On the state level, not only do 80 percent of sportsmen support state
measures that would increase reliance on renewable energy, but 79
percent also support a Michigan energy plan which requires investment in
energy efficiency and renewable energy first to meet energy needs,
before building any new coal-fired power plants. Seventy-nine percent
support Michigan joining efforts with other states to reduce global

==A majority of sportsmen also support implementing management
strategies at a state and federal level to help fish and wildlife adapt
to global warming.

"For decades, hunters and anglers have been at the forefront of this
country's monumentally successful conservation movement," said
Buchsbaum. "The poll illustrates that Michigan sportsmen will continue
to push for solutions to the challenges facing our natural resources,
and the people and wildlife that depend on them."

The National Wildlife Federation commissioned Responsive Management to
conduct the non-partisan survey, which has a sampling error of plus or
minus 5.6 percent.

The full poll can be found at www.targetglobalwarming.org/michigan

The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation organization,
inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs is one of the largest and oldest
statewide conservation organizations in the nation.  Since 1937 MUCC has
been a leader in efforts to protect and manage Michigan's water, land,
forests, fisheries and wildlife.  

Immediate Release:  May 18, 2006

Jordan Lubetkin, NWF, 734-904-1589, lubetkin@nwf.org
Tony Hansen, MUCC, 517-346-6483, thansen@mucc.org

Jordan Lubetkin
Regional Communications Manager
National Wildlife Federation
Great Lakes Natural Resource Center
213 W. Liberty St., Suite 200
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-1398
Phone: 734-769-3351 x 23 
Cell: 734-904-1589
Fax: 734-769-1449

NWF's mission is to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our
children's future. 
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