In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted a survey that found 4.6 million people aged 16 years and above either fished, hunted, or watched wildlife in Pennsylvania. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Game Commission estimates that in 2015-16 over 300,000 deer were hunted for sport. These statistics signify that roughly a third of Pennsylvanian residents value our natural resources like wildlife and the lands and waters used for outdoor recreation. However, as we have become more dependent on fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, the nature we enjoy is increasingly threatened by pollution.
We believe that to conserve is conservative. Conservative leaders for decades have demonstrated a strong history of conservation as an important value to live by. It is now time we continue this tradition by focusing on the conservation of our natural resources and wildlife right here in Pennsylvania. Well-known Pennsylvania wildlife like the brook trout and whitetail deer are some of the most largely impacted by pollution. Pollution harms our beautiful wildlife, making it harder and harder for them to survive, which impacts hunting and fishing seasons like we’ve never seen before – and in turn decreases the economic impact of our outdoor recreation and ecotourism industries.
By advancing an “all-of-the-above” diversified energy portfolio that emphasizes a transition to clean, renewable energy and encourages energy innovation, we can protect our natural resources and wildlife, ensuring the continued enjoyment of hunting and outdoor recreation for generations to come.