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It’s out there when both the right and left are alarmed.

October 12, 2011


From the Adventure Journal today, The National Security and Federal Lands Protection Act, sponsored by Utah’s Congressman Rob Bishop and approved by the House Committee on Natural Resources 26 to 17, waives the power of 36 environmental and other laws within 100 miles of U.S. borders nationwide (angering environmentalists, since that territory includes Olympic National Park, Big Bend National Park, Allegheny National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Glacier National Park), and cuts the knees out from under the Department of Agriculture as well, which means all rights to timber claims, grazing, and farming would go by the wayside. (click title for more . . .)

Preaching conservation without a choir

September 29, 2011


Western politicians and special interest local factions have always been against the idea of protecting and conserving tracts of public land. It's no different today. Kirsten and I were just in Moab this week -- it's now late in September-- and the town is still packed with tourists. We had breakfast with a couple from upstate New York who were blown away by the vast beauty of the open West. Folks from around the U.S. and the world flock in for a taste of America's wild heritage, to the point that we risk loving the land to death. Yet our local politicians speak as if conservation is a D.C. based political conspiracy that hurts the West. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is in Utah promoting conservation this week. Is it representative that he gets the cold shoulder? . . . more>>

Voting for Oil Field Vistas?

September 20, 2011


You don’t have to be an environmental activist to believe that it would be criminal to see oil, gas, or coal mining corporations destroy our beautiful canyons and our wild lands. Not all agree, including members of the Legislature’s Redistricting Committee, several of whom are also members of the Patrick Henry Caucus. And Gov. Gary […]

No More National Monuments?

September 16, 2011


The Antiquities Act is under assault by the GOP. Utah's own Rob Bishop doesn't like national monuments. What would Utah be without them. Who is his real constituency? . . . more>> and here>>, and here>>