The Washington, D.C. daily newspaper The Washington Examiner takes Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to task for his unilateral and abusive decision to use the Antiquities Act of 1906 to seize millions of acres of the West.
Salazar acting like a commissar
February 28, 2010
…Missing from the final bill was an amendment offered by Sen. Jim DeMint, D-S.C., that would have stopped Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s plans toconfiscate more than 10 million acres of federal lands in nineWesternstates by declaring them national monuments. Salazar acted unilaterally,without consulting localor state authoritiesor members of Congress representing the affected areas.
During floor debate on his amendment, DeMint characterized a leaked Interior Department memo listing even more public and private landsSalazar wantslocked away from energy, mining, forestry and grazing activities as “a big government land grab…
…Public input is not required under the American Antiquities Act, so Salazar was not legally required to consult localauthoritiesbefore declaring an area a national monument. So the Obama administration is free to permanently lock up millions of publicly owned acres by a mere stroke of the presidential pen.
But the law does require that “the limits of whichin all cases (italics added) shall be confined to the smallest area compatible with proper care and management of the objects to be protected.”
It’s a stretch to assert that 10 million plus acres is the smallest possible area needed to protect the lesser prairie chickens and black-tailed prairie dogs listed in the Department of Interior memo. Salazar’s action smacks of a Soviet commissar and is alien to republican liberty.
Thirteen million acres of the West would become inaccessible federal property under an Obama administration plan to grab land without the approval of Congress.
An Interior Department internal document indicates the Administration is considering using Antiquities Act to designate as many as seventeen different sections of the West as “national monuments.” The list was leaked just days after a story appeared in The New York Times outlining the administration’s plans to use executive power to pass Obama’s agenda over the disapproval of Congress, Fox News reports.
The designation prohibits any mining, timber harvesting, energy development or other job-creating activity. The Clinton administration used the Act in 1996 to shut down clean coal development in 2,600 square miles of southern Utah.
The document mentions designations and land acquisitions in Utah, Montana, New Mexico, California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Wyoming. Approximately 13 million acres of land, and possibly more, are at risk for federal seizure.
Under the Antiquities Act, the President can seize land and place it under federal control without a vote of Congress or public input. Passed in 1906 by Teddy Roosevelt, it was supposed to only be used to protect small archaeological sites, specifically prehistoric Indian ruins, from looters. It has since been used over 100 times to grab land from citizens.
Obama’s use of the Antiquities Act comes as the administration also seeks to grab land and shut down recreational and employment activity through passage of the Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act, the so-called “Clean Water Restoration Act” and a bill by Montana Senator Jon Tester to expand federal “wilderness” designations.
Congress can amend the Antiquities Act to limit the power of the president to grab land without approval or input, as it has done to restrict future land grabs in Wyoming and Alaska. WTP urges Congress to amend the Antiquities Act to require congressional approval for any designation of any land.
All your hard work and support is paying off.
WTP is earning national recognition for our efforts to defeat Cap and Tax, protect prosperity and and restore sensibility to the environmental debate.
In a report on the withdrawal of BP America, ConocoPhillips, and Caterpillar, Inc. dropping out of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, “The New American,” a noted conservative political magazine with roots going back to 1958 reports that “some climate-change skeptic groups, such as Western Tradition Partnership, view these companies’ US CAP withdrawal as a sign the ‘global warming consensus’ is breaking up.”
And WTP staffers who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. find that opinion leaders and policymakers know all about the great work WTP members are up to and can’t wait to see what you and I do next.
But that’s doesn’t mean we’ve won. It means our fight has just started.
“Gang Green” is working the phones harder than ever and pulling senators into backrooms to grab those final few votes to pass Cap and Tax.
They’re also introducing all kinds of government land grabs in Congress and in the states to criminalize access to public lands and shut down energy employers.
And they’re fighting harder than ever to pass new carbon taxes and anti-employer laws to grab what they can while the “settled science” of so-called “man-made global warming” falls apart around them.
You’re getting the attention of Gang Green and our allies across the country.
Keep it up, because our fight to save property and prosperity has just begun.
Opposition to a New York City-led grab of Western land is building in Wyoming.
The Hot Springs County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution at their Jan. 19 meeting expressing their opposition to the deceptively-named “Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act.”
Sponsored by radical New York City Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney, the NREPA (H.R. 980) has been sought by radical environmentalists for decades, as it would classify millions of acres of publicly-accessible Western land as “wilderness” and place it under federal control and off-limits to the public.
It is part of a larger plan to shut down energy development and timber harvesting by declaring millions of acres of land federal property, and then outlaw such activity on those federal lands. Under the NREPA 24 million acres of land in five states would be placed under federal control.
In Wyoming alone, NREPA would make it illegal to set foot on five million acres of land.
“The Act will have the effect of eliminating multiple uses of lands currently used for grazing, vegetation management for purposes of forest health issues such as reduction of fire fuels and removal of bark beetle infected trees, camping, motorized recreation, timber production, enhancement of aspen stands for elk habitat, mineral exploration and other multiple uses,” reads the Hot Springs County resolution. “The loss of jobs and multiple use of the land will negatively impact the economy of the County and quality of life of the citizens who live in Hot Springs County.”
The resolution calls on Congress to defeat the NREPA, currently in the House Natural Resources Committee. Copies of the resolution were sent to Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barasso and Rep. Cynthia Lummis.
Wyoming’s State House of Representatives is also considering a resolution asking the Natural Resources Committee to defeat the bill. House Joint Resolution 8 points out “the continuance of all multiple use activities, including motorized recreation, outfitting, grazing, timber harvesting activities and energy development is crucial to the long term economic diversity of all Wyoming counties and the State of Wyoming.”
In a hearing posted on YouTube, Rep. Lummis grilled Rep. Maloney over the bill, pointing out how it will destroy local economies, and how nearly all of the congressional support comes from politicians not in the effected states.
Barack Obama’s “stimulus” bill funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in “tax credits” to his friends in the wind energy industry.
That pile of cash was supposed to create jobs, but an investigation by the Seattle Times finds green energy companies instead took the money and cut 2,000 jobs.
Instead of creating jobs, it appears your money was instead wasted one big “green bailout” of an industry producing a product no one wants.
“Hexcel Corp., which makes material for wind-turbine blades for the Danish maker Vestas, used $3 million in tax credits for work on a plant in Windsor, Colo. The facility is open, but it’s operating at relatively low capacity because of the sparse demand,” the Times reports.
“Hexcel is across the street from Vestas’ first U.S. factory, which opened in 2008. Two other Vestas factories for wind-turbine parts in Brighton and a tower factory in Pueblo, Colo., are under construction. The three new factories qualified for a combined tax credit of $51.8 million. Vestas recently stopped production at its first factory, however, because of the tight credit market and low demand, said spokesman Andrew Longeteig.”
Adding insult to injury is the fact Obama and his “Gang Green” cronies want to raise taxes even higher on oil and gas, hiding behind a crossed-fingers promise to use the redistributed income to create his vaunted “green energy jobs.”
You know, just like he promised to do with the stimulus. Even The Seattle Times saw through that one.
But are legislators listening?
That’s why Western Tradition Partnership is here. With your support, we’ll continue to expose environmentalist scams and hoaxes (like “green energy jobs”) and defend property rights, access to public lands, responsible energy development and basic freedoms.
And we don’t need to grab taxpayer cash to do it.
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Washington, D.C. may never see snow again.
That was global warming conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. writing in The Los Angeles Times on Sept. 24, 2008.
In his column, the near-hysterical Kennedy claimed the fact there was a lot of lighting in Massachusetts this summer was proof the eeeeeeevil oil companies are roasting the planet. He went on to recall, almost bursting into written tears, sledding down a suburban D.C. hill as a child and how there will never be that kind of snow again. Kennedy went on to compare the eeeeeeevil oil companies to Nazi war criminals, accusing them of have damning Washington to an eternity of snowless winters.
“Snow is so scarce today that most Virginia children probably don’t own a sled.”
Well, just 16 months later, Washington, D.C. may see its biggest snowfall in almost 100 years.
By Sunday the very hill Kennedy claimed would become a sun-scarred wasteland will instead be buried under over two feet of snow.
It’s almost as if God enjoys embarrassing global warming hoaxsters for claiming man’s puny lightbulbs control the planet’s temperatures.
Of course, you and I both know how the “man-made global warming” hoaxsters work. When they can’t fabricate evidence they simply declare the fact they were proven wrong proves they are right.
In fact, just months after Kennedy blamed a scarcity of snow on global warming they’re blaming the record snowfall on global warming.
But it’s not working. As news breaks almost daily about another “man-made global warming” report being faked, more and more Americans are refusing to fall for the “man-made global warming” snow job. Even in Great Britain, where ecosocialism is practically a state religion, fewer than half of Britons say they believe the hoax.
That’s why the global warming hoaxsters are trying to pile up the anti-capitalist legislation faster than the snow is piling up outside the Capitol. The Senate will vote soon on a Cap and Tax scheme that combines a National Energy Tax with a risky speculators’ scheme for “green energy” experiments. Not that it’s risky for the speculators. You will be forced by federal law to transfer your money into their pockets through higher prices and a mandatory “carbon credits” scheme for businesses.
WTP continues to fight. While the only thing falling faster than the D.C. snow is the global warming hoaxsters’ credibility, they will are just one Senate floor vote away from a Cap and Tax scheme that will destroy as many as 2.5 million jobs a year. You can click here to help WTP win that final Senate floor vote.
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