Good to see Eric Sharp speak up. This is what other outdoor writers tell me. The NRA has such a strangle hold on the Outdoor Writers Association (OWA) that few writers dare speak out against Bush. The OWA yearly convention has become nothing more than a gun rights GOP/Bush pep rally. Some environmental outdoor writers now skip the conventions over the single issue bias. The fish and game could all die due to pollution and lost of habitat, but that's fine with the OWA as long as their #1 gun rights supporter is in the White House.
Environmental issues won't fade
What we won't forget is the damage left behind by the Bush administration's parallel onslaught on this country's environmental protection laws and its wild places. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney like to portray themselves as outdoorsmen, but I don't see how they can make that claim when their administration has been so callous about protecting America's waters, air and wildlife.
Bush has taken heat from the usual expected suspects, like the Sierra Club and Audubon Society. But a group of federal employees has accused his administration of callously damaging our marvelous national parks system, which is the envy of the industrialized world. And he had to back down on a plan to weaken the Clean Water Act when a coalition of largely conservative groups representing duck hunters, anglers and other sportsmen rose up in outraged protest. Even Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona has labeled Bush as a serious threat to the environment.