The Outdoor Industry Is About to Become a Serious Political Force

To Don Beyer, the Democratic congressman from Virginia (and Appalachian Trail hiker) who introduced the REC Act to the House of Representatives last March, context, regionality, and timing are just as important as the sector’s contribution to GDP. “When we have the numbers and the statistics, it will be much easier to sit with Ryan Zinke from Montana or Liz Cheney from Wyoming and say, ‘Look at the incredible contribution to your Wyoming/Montana economy from outdoor recreation. Let’s not jeopardize that by ramping up how much fossil fuel extraction is going on here.’”

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An enemy of public health to lead EPA

Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to lead EPA, pioneered the tactic of AGs teaming up with industry to challenge federal regulations that protect the public health. Pruitt's objective has been to weaken clean air laws and clean water laws and reverse our progress in fighting climate change. The Senate must stop him -- for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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Rep. Don Beyer Introduces Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act To Protect Biodiversity

"Wildlife corridors are stretches of habitat that allow species to move from one area of habitat to another for such purposes as accessing resources, establishing new territories, shifting ranges, promoting gene flow, and adapting to the impacts of a changing climate. Corridors have been successfully implemented around the world and throughout the U.S., yet current law provides limited requirements for land and water managers to address species’ connectivity needs."

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Rep. Beyer Tells Area Activists, ‘Don’t Grieve. Organize.’

U.S. Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr., who represents the 8th District of Virginia that includes the City of Falls Church, told a standing room only audience of Democratic activists in Shirlington Saturday morning that they should not succumb to grief over their loss in the presidential election last month. “There’s an old Chinese proverb that says if you get knocked down six times, you get up seven,” he said. “Unlike how the Republicans responded to President Obama’s victory, resolved to provide him a ‘failed presidency,’ we don’t take that approach. But wherever we find a President Trump to be wrong, and that may be most of the time, we need to fight as much as possible. Everyone must do what they can, including write, talk, tweet, letters to the editor. Let your life be your argument. We must make sure he is a one-term president. He praised what he saw as “so much energy” in the room.

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