Obama’s Environmental Policies Reflect Bush

Obama’s environmental policies reflect Bush’s. By John H. Weis. Op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune

My opinion. Ralph Maughan. Obama is interesting in abating climate change and some high profile issues, but as we have complained many times he doesn’t seem to have any feeling for the public lands of the West, except maybe for the national parks. In that, he is a typical American who doesn’t live in the West. He might not even understand what the BLM is. I think he’s a smart man, but with a big hole in his knowledge.

Audio: A BLM insider speaks

Bush’s national recreation director tells why he quit-

Audio: A BLM insider speaks. Rodger Schmitt talks about why he resigned his position as national recreation director. December 12, 2008 by Emily Steinmetz and Marty Durlin. High Country News.

Schmitt confirms your worst fears about how the Bushies ran the agency.

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Some great posts from Demarcated Landscapes

Related to the second story above is an interesting one I heard today.

A  friend of mine reported to a livestock operator family that their heifer was stuck in a cattle guard. Their sympathetic response, “I guess we’ll have hamburger tonight.”

One anecdote doesn’t prove a point, but it illustrates my point.

To those people who try to tug on folk’s heartstrings that the “brutal” wolf that ate their calf or cow, everyone knows you don’t raise cattle because you want some dewy-eyed pets around. You would do well to take your livestock to slaughter and watch and help kill them like they do in other cultures — ethically instructive. Are you better or worse than the wolf? Or maybe the question is not even relevant?

EPA Moves to Ease Clean Air Rules for National Parks

Another massively offensive attempt to gut the outdoors by the outgoing Administration-

EPA Moves to Ease Air Rules for Parks. Regional Administrators Decry Decision. By Juliet Eilperin
Washington Post Staff Writer. Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Trying to keep the air around and in the national parks has been a 30-year battle. One that is being lost. This just gives up and encourages the opposite.

Fortunately, this new regulation will probably not be completed by the end of the Administration and then dropped by Obama.

A very important recent development, in fact might kill off almost all new coal plants in the short run. I posted it the other day, but it got few readers probably because I billed it as a Nevada issue when it is actually a national victory for clean air.

Here is the Nevada story I posted. “Good news. Three coal plants planned for Nevada may have been killed.” It should probably read “EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board drives a nail into the heart of traditional coal plants.”

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More Bush giveaways

A Christmas present for oil shale developers. Oil shale frenzy. Bush rules a gift to oil companies. Salt Lake
Tribune
Editorial.

Salon Magazine releases a shocking report on Bush’s EPA

The EPA’s Stalin era-

“It’s absolutely shocking what’s going on,” say insiders. Secretive changes have diluted science and jeopardized public health. Will Obama overcome Bush’s toxic legacy? . . . Salon Magazine

The EPA’s Stalin Era. By Rebecca Clarren

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Bush, Kempthorne up to last minute mischief

Beware, the long nightmare is not over yet-

The New York Times describes and warns of anti-public land and anti-conservation actions underway or contemplated by the worst Administration in American history (my view) in their last 2 1/2 months in office.

Last-Minute Mischief. Editorial by the New York Times.

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Examples of what is happening-

Oct. 13.  The great giveaway. Utah BLM swings the door wide for ATVs and energy development. High Country News.
Oct. 19. Federal Officials Seek to Relax Rules for Dumping Mine Waste. AP. New York Times.
Oct. 20. Las Vegas Sun editorial. Protect the Colorado River from Kempthorne. Uranium mining claims should be delayed pending regional environmental review.