Quick thought (opinion)

Today came testimony on the Budget:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STaRtMR-hz0

Note that one of the biggest problems with public land management that messses up this country is the lack of what is referenced as a “full cost recovery system.” In other words your Congress rents your land to a tenant that does not pay enough in rent to take care of the property.

Much of this is pushed BY Congress for extractive industry and literally leaves field offices without the needed funds to do their jobs… and that includes doing the REAL ground work to protect your land (and horses) while it puts funds into the pockets of big interests on your back.

They (Congress) are going to do it again. The fees and taxes on extraction are needed to stop “welfare” uses (extraction, livestock) on your land. The idea that allowing these corporations to operate basically on a subsidy to make your life better hasn’t worked… and it’s not going to start.

What is the common definition of “insanity?” Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

This process is what leaves resources for things like wild horses and burros in a bind. Fast-tracked projects that don’t have enough funding to do REAL environmental assessment will hurt this country in the long run.

Just my ever so humble opinion.

Congress needs to wake up and hear the words: “We don’t inherit the land from our anscestors, we borrow it from our children.” Ancient Indian Proverb

WE as a nation need to decide what it is we will leave to our children. WE need to decide what it is we will teach them. WE need true leadership by example… and I don’t see it.

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4 thoughts on “Quick thought (opinion)

  1. Cindy says:

    Amen! Thanks Laura

  2. Mar Wargo says:

    It is like standing out on a limb way up high. The structure that supports public involvement is very weak and broken. Much is owed the public by these private and foreign industries that use our lands and create pollution and use water that will never be save to use again. Some pollution is next to permanent. This is not supported by fees and lease agreements that will cover the damages. BLM does not do EAs for these corporations because they cannot afford to so these corporations should have to use a private research group to get their Environmental Assessments done properly and they should be shared with the commenting public. This is what we are missing, along with the voices of people who can help place these industries on the lands available in a far more cautious manner. Ruby Pipeline is a prime example of a poorly thought out plan that just was attempting to avoid California regulations. What we can always expect; avoidance of costs in favor of the destruction of pristine lands… but they are now opened and there will be more destruction and loss in the future and on and on unless the people stand up for the process that includes them and there is an attempt to get extractive industries on public land to pay up and take responsibility for the pollution and losses. mar

  3. Mar Wargo says:

    This is an old fight and it changes with the passing of presidents and interior department heads. If there was ever a time for the people of this country to realize the value of what they have in our public lands- it is now…. the assault has begun. It is going to be devastating and many decisions have already been made that are wrong and untested and too risky. Our resources and our wild lands are taking a huge hit and we are not the ones who are benefiting. This is not how we create new industry and employment, either. To do that would mean working within the public sector and not the corporate. Obama has missed the boat. mar

  4. Craig Downer says:

    How very pitiful! What you say about the filthy muddy feces ridden birthplace is most compelling. Again people setting up these wonderful presences for a terrible end! There is a better way for letting these wild ones live out their lives in the wild and allowing naturally self-stabilizing populations.

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