Protecting Wildlife Could Save NC Jobs and Lower Deficit

11-09-2011 // Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - NC

This excerpt is from a Public News Service story

Congress can cut the deficit while also protecting wildlife and public health, according to a new report.

The report from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) identifies more than $100 billion dollars which could be saved by eliminating tax breaks for oil, coal and ethanol.

Outdoor recreation means 46,000 North Carolina jobs and adds almost $3 billion to the state's economy every year, numbers which prompt wildlife advocates to ask that conservation programs be protected in a tight budget cycle. North Carolina already has seen tough cuts to those programs, with the Clean Water Management Trust Fund getting cut from $50 million to $11 million earlier this year.

Richard Mode of Morganton serves as a North Carolina liaison for the NWF.

"Investment in natural resources is good business, and again, we know that programs will be cut, we just don't want a disproportionate amount."

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