Sunday, July 17, 2016

Senator Tom Tiffany & Representative Adam Jarchow are grossly out-of-line

... with the conservation values of their constituents according to Wisconsin League of Voters scorecard.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Scorecard 2015-16

For the Wisconsin Legislature gave Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow failing marks placing them in the conservation dishonor role.

These two Wisconsin legislators, Jarchow and Tiffany, were placed on the conservation dishonor roll for jeopardizing Wisconsin’s natural  resources. Senator Tom Tiffany was given the ‘fail’ rating for using his role on the Joint Finance Committee member to slip in harmful provisions eliminating the Science Bureau at the DNR specifically targeting DNR staff who had spoken out about the effects of climate change. Representative Adam Jarchow’s placement on the conservation dishonor roll was because he was in on introducing the Polluter Grab bag, which proposed giving away public land in lakebed to developers for free and allowing each landowner on the lake to dredge three truckloads of possible toxic sediment each year. Source: the league’s Conservation Scorecard 2015-2016

The news has been full of talk about a Great Lakes Wolf Summit proposed by these two conservation dishonor roll legislators. Senator Tom Tiffany  and Representative Adam Jarchow are holding  a wolf Summit in September to discuss returning management of the wolf population back into the states’ hands.

Yet, senator Tiffany and Representative Jarchow aren’t citing any substantial evidence or reasons why wolves should be delisted. Even outdoor writer Patrick Durken points out in his recent editorial entitled, Legislators’ wolf summit just more rhetoric,  Durkin states, “Yawn. Who’d drive to Cumberland for that? I mean, Cumberland is three hours from Eagle River, 4½ hours from Marinette and about 100 minutes from Superior. Maybe Tiffany should dust off “Enough is Enough” from that May 9 release and add three exclamation points. He also could recycle this line: “Let us be clear: Wisconsin is not a wolf sanctuary and it’s irresponsible to allow it to be treated as such” (source). Even Durkin, who is in favor of a wolf hunt, is tired of the rhetoric coming from these two legislators.

These two politicians are not making any headway on their bid to undermine the Endangered Species Act. They want to return the wolf back into the hands of the same corrupt system. The same system that excluded public opinion & input into the state of Wisconsin’s wolf management plan.  A wolf management plan that employed aggressive wolf hunts, that allowed the barbaric use of dogs to track and trail wolves from 2013 to 2014.

The Walker administration, the political party in control, which Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow are part of WI DNR secretary Cathy Stepp confirmed what her critics have alleged: that wolf hunting opponents were by and largely kicked off the committee.
Thankfully, a federal judge ordered the wolves back under federal protections in 2014. But ever since the wolves were placed back on the ESA these two legislators have been full of talk about delisting them.

Senator Tiffany and Representative Jarchow proposed Wolf Summit doesn’t begin to address the problems and concerns that have plagued wolf management in Wisconsin.

It’s not surprising, though, considering, that Tiffany and Jarchow  are grossly out-of-line with the conservation values of their constituents according to Wisconsin League of voters scorecard. 

Reminds me of the following image:

Going nowhere fast!
Featured image by John E Marriott