All these years of writing about climate change, and I always have claimed that I was not in the pay of any interested industry groups. Well, I guess I lied. It appears "Big Recreation" is lobbying against greenhouse gas controls.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said:
recreation industry's true threats come not from climate change --
which has always changed and will always change -- but from the
so-called global warming "˜solutions' being proposed by government
policymakers. Misguided efforts to "˜solve' global warming threaten to
damage the travel and recreation industry and consequently threaten the
This is probably true, though the ski resort guys don't agree.
For those who don't know, several years ago I quit both boneheaded Fortune 50 life and boneheaded startup life to run my own recreation business, where I am trying to push a vision of, and make a little money from, privatization of public recreation. I am actually fairly well insulated from gas price shocks, though by accident rather than thought-out-in-advance strategy. We have mainly taken over government recreation facilities where the customer base is local weekend traffic (rather than say cross-the-country-to-see-old-faithful travelers). This is really by accident, because these facilities took less investment than the big national attractions. As it turns out, when gas prices go up, we actually do a bit better, because people still want to camp and use their RV, but they do it 100 miles from home rather than 1000.
By the way, I am working on a skeptics primer to anthropogenic global warming, which is why blogging has been light. If you'd be willing to read and comment on a pre-release version, email me and I will put you on the list for a pdf which will be coming in a week or so. In the mean time, some of my previous work is here