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Green machine vs. jobs

By From page A5 | March 18, 2013

“Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

The conservation movement was started by President Theodore Roosevelt. He established 150 national forests; 51 Federal bird reserves; four national game preserves and five national parks. How did he see these national resources being used?

“Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” “The New Nationalism” speech, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910

The founder of the environmental movement, a conservative himself, saw conservation as both the use and protection of national resources. This has been lost to the liberals who have hijacked conservationism and twisted it into the blend of socialism, religion and environmentalism. Their dogma is the certainty that human interaction with the environment, in all cases, is bad.

In California alone the Center for Biological Diversity filed 149 court cases over 10 years. This coupled with the Sierra Fund and other groups resulted in 247 court cases filed in California. Across the West the total number of court cases filed by environmental groups was 896. That’s 896 court cases filed by environmental groups over a 10-year period.

Ultimately, we the taxpayers, the people who actually work and support the government are funding the Center for Biological Diversity so they can put us out of work.

You would expect the people in pursuit of this “noble” endeavor – saving the planet, to have some education in let’s say biology or ecology or something that would reflect their understanding of the science behind the environment. Let’s do a quick check of the Center for Biological Diversity:

1. Kieren Suckling, founder of the CBD holds a Master’s in Philosophy.

2. Robin Silver, co-founder is a retired medical doctor.

3. Sarah Bergemen, assistant executive director, Bachelor’s in Anthropology.

Of the 59 people they list as staff, 22 of them are attorneys. One might think that an environmental group would be out protecting the environment, but it’s clear from the ratio of attorneys to staff that they are busy filing lawsuits. Can you picture any other legitimate business that has almost 50 percent of their workforce as attonneys – other than a law firm? Why not rename themselves as the Center for Biological Lawsuits.

Sportsmen United for Sensible Mining Coalition

This group was active in the fight against dredging. Nice sounding name, if not a bit long. Who are these guys? Would hunters really sell out the miners? No, it didn’t happen. When you pull the tax form on the Sportsmen United against mining you’ll find they are actually the National Wildlife Federation. An organization which reported annual income of $98 million. The Sportsmen United was just a shell to give the appearance of hunters and fishermen against dredging. If their case is so pure why not stand up and be known by your name? What do they have to hide.

Our position is clear – we have a right to mine, we have a right as Americans to pursue our chosen profession. We have legal standing and rights that are protected as Americans, we don’t have to bow and scrape and take what rights they determine for us. We will stand and fight this agenda. Don’t give up your claims. If mercury is present on your claim, then it is a valuable mineral and you have a right to it based on your claim – not the State of California, or the U.S. EPA. If the government wants to remove that mercury, then they need to pay you for the rights to do that.

Don’t give in, don’t back down. We’re the last of the free people, don’t let them take this freedom from you. We are among the few people that can produce real money from our toil.  Gold is backed by gold and your hard work.

MARTIN SCHUMANN

Placerville

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