Last Friday, it was reported that “representatives” from nine western states met in the Land of Deseret to discuss “wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.”
Anytime Scott Bedke is involved in an agenda, you can be assured that he is angling to shift control of public resources to himself and his cronies. You all know that I am no fan of the federal government, and it is pretty clear that the reasons for the existence of so many federal reserves in the West were not altruistic. At the same time the federal government was locking up vast swathes of forest, plains and canyon lands, it was exterminating the Indians who lived there. The land and water control policies were intended, from the outset, to ensure that the eastern financial powers maintained control over the vast resources of the West.
That said, the side benefit of federal control over these lands has been that the general public has had enormous opportunities to enjoy these lands as a “commons”, and it has further slowed the degradation of those same lands by sociopathic extractive industry and the bible-thumping welfare-babies in cowboy hats.
Mark my words: If the morons in the Idaho Statehouse get their grubby hands on these lands, we will all be excluded from the same land, as they run their land maggots and slow elk like a lawnmower through the mountains and prairies of this land, as they gouge out and blast away our beautiful peaks and breathtaking canyons, as they pour greater and greater amounts of mercury and sulfur dioxide into our air and our clear rivers and streams, and as they annihilate our fish, our birds, our ungulates, our frogs, until there is no birdsong to be heard, and no trees to whisper in the wind. Just mooing and the stench of cowshit.