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  • Trump Picks Ryan Zinke to Head the DOI?

    Yep, Trump Picked Ryan Zinke to Head the DOI

    ZINKI’S  IDEA OF HIS DUTY AS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AS  SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING

    ZINKE IS A RELATIVE POLITICAL NEWCOMER IN WASHINGTON AND TO POLITICS GENERALLY. DURING HIS SHORT TENURE AS A STATE LAWMAKER IN MONTANA, HE DEVELOPED A REPUTATION AS A “MODERATE” ON SOME ISSUES.

    ODDLY ENOUGH, AS A POLITICAL NEWCOMER, ZINKE HAS AN EXTENSIVE VOCABULARY OF THE LIBERAL POLITICO ESTABLISHMENTS KEY BUZZ WORDS.

    ZINKI’S TOP PRIORITIES WOULD BE TO GIVE LOCAL LAND MANAGERS AND RANGERS MORE FLEXIBILITY IN LAND MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

    REALLY, START COOLING OFF TENSION OVER LAND USE

    AFTER ABOUT FOUR HOURS OF QUESTIONING  AND COMMENTS  DURING . REP. RYAN ZINKE CONFIRMATION HEARING BEFORE THE SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE TUESDAY

    IT’S ALREADY CLEAR THERE COULD BE SOME FRICTION BETWEEN AN INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE AND SOME REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SPENDING.

    AND REALLY, ZINKE  PROMISES TO BRING A TEDDY ROOSEVELT-STYLE APPROACH TO MANAGING FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDS?

    ZINKE  WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE THOUGHT THE COUNTRY HAS BENEFITED GREATLY FROM A LOT OF NATIONAL MONUMENT DESIGNATIONS, INCLUDING IN HIS HOME STATE OF MONTANA.

    ZINKE HINTED AT THE HEARING THAT ONE PRIORITY IN AN EXPECTED TRUMP-BACKED INFRASTRUCTURE BILL WILL BE TO ADDRESS A $12 BILLION BACKLOG IN MAINTENANCE AT NATIONAL PARKS.

    ZINKE HINTED? THAT  $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLAR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) BACKLOG FOR MAINTENANCE WOULD BE  A PRIORITY FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP?

    PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD HAVE A RED FLAG PRIORITY ON ANYTHING WITH  $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLAR AMOUNT ATTACHED TO IT.

    $12,000,000,000.00 BILLION DOLLARS IS THE LOW ESTIMATE FOR BUILDING THE WALL.

    MY CONSIDERED OPINION IS THAT RYAN ZINKE WOULD SUCK AS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, NOT ONLY  DO I  QUESTION, I STRENOUSLY OBJECT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PICK REP. RYAN ZINKE, R-MONT TO HEAD THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI)

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    This is the hierarchy of power that  President Trump would be giving to Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont. by appointment.

     A MAN WHO’S  IDEA OF HIS DUTY AS THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING

      The Department of the Interior Organizational Chart

    This is the classification of things according to relative importance or inclusiveness.

    Interior Organizational Chart

    Interior Organization Chart

    Trump Pick To Head Interior Department Says Climate Change Is Not …

    www.npr.org/…/trumppick-to-head-interior-department-says-climate-change-is-not-a…

    Jan 17, 2017 – Why would President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Interior, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont

    LOL  RYAN ZINKE,  SAYS “WE ALL LOVE OUR PUBLIC LANDS, AND THE DUTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AS A SECRETARY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A BROAD CONSENSUS ON WHAT WE’RE DOING..

    Indeed, I would be speechless, if I did not have this website

    JUST SAYING. JUST ASKING? WHO IS THIS GUY?

     I’VE NEVER HEARD OF RYAN ZINKE. PERIOD WHO VETTED HIM?

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS, AND ITS AGENCIES ARE A MESS, LIKE THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) AND THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) IS A BLOODY MESS,  THE DOI HAS MORE THAN CONTROL OF PUBLIC LAND, WITH A COMBINED CONTROL OF HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF ACRES OF PUBLIC LANDS, MOSTLY IN THE WEST.

    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD SAY “WHAT A MESS”.

    THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) IS A MESS

    During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over into armed standoffs led by rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons in Nevada and Oregon.

    And, During the Obama administration, fights over control of federal land boiled over again on January 2, 2016, armed militants seized the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County Oregon

    On January 26, 2016 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum,  was shot three times in the back by two OSP officers.

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    IT’S ALREADY CLEAR THERE COULD BE SOME FRICTION BETWEEN AN INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE AND some Republicans in Congress especially when it comes to spending.

    Certainly, President Trump is aware of the abuse of power by Obama’s  appointed interior secretary of Department of the Interior (DOI)

    The abuse of power by the DOI has been historically documented, and was crystal clear to America’s taxpaying citizens and voters long before  Trump formally announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.

    HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED THE  DOI ABUSE OF POWER, UNDER THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  (BLM) ” THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION”  THAT STARTED IN 1970 AND THE BLM STANDOFF ARMED WITH THE BUNDY’S

    2014, ‘IF THINGS DON’T CHANGE, IT’S NOT LONG BEFORE SHOTS WILL BE FIRED,’ LYMAN SAID, JOINING OTHER CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKERS SUCH AS CHAFFETZ IN WARNING OF VIOLENCE

    IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DIDN’T REIN IN THE BLM.

    AND, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DID NOT REIN IN THE BLM.

    On January 26, 2016 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum,  was shot three times in the back by two OSP officers.

    Behind My Back | Shooting him three times in the back

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/03/09/4775/

    Mar 9, 2016 – Shooting him three times in the back. Shooting death of LaVoy Finicum justified, necessary, prosecutor says shows that the three fatal shots …

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    SO, Why did President Trump pick Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont to  head the U.S. Department of Interior? to clean up the huge mess?

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    MAY 4, 2014 The Department of the Interior(DOI)  

    Behind My Back | Dept. of Interior Deterioration

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/05/04/dept-of-interiordeterioration/

    MAY 4, 2014“We the people” don’t have to look very far down the US. Government chain of command to pin point the cause of THE DETERIORATION of the … DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

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    HISTORICALLY DOCUMENTED THE  DOI ABUSE OF POWER, UNDER THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT  (BLM) ” THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION”  THAT STARTED IN 1970

    PATRIOTIC AMERICAN CITIZENS CALL THEM “LAND GRABS”

    THE SAGEBRUSH REBELLION was a movement during the 1970s and 1980s that sought major changes to federal land control, use and disposal policy in the American West where, in 13 western states, federal land holdings include between 20% and 85% of a state’s area.

    YEP, PATRIOTIC AMERICAN CITIZENS CALL THEM, DOI BLM “LAND GRABS” IT GOT SO WILD IT WAS NAMED THE WILD OLYMPIC SCAM, BY HOOK OR BY CROOKS OR BY OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS

    Obama signs executive order, bypasses Congress, and …

    https://investmentwatchblog.com/obamasignsexecutiveorderbypasses-…

    1 day ago – OBAMA SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER, BYPASSES CONGRESS, AND LEGALIZES ALL BLM LAND GRABS. … ORDER, BYPASS CONGRESS, AND DO A MASSIVE BLM LAND GRAB. … http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/22499-behind- …

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    A sequel to a 1970s movement that sought a state takeover ( LAND GRABS) of federal public lands.

    Behind My Back | The Sagebrush Rebellion

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/04/14/the-sagebrushrebellion/

    Apr 14, 2014 – This 20th-century conflict, known as the Sagebrush Rebellion, pits ranchers, loggers, miners and others against Washington bureaucrats in a …

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    THE BLM LAND GRAB

    In May 2014, in Texas, militias and their allies came to protest a BLM survey of more than 90,000 acres along the Red River, fearing the federal government was planning a land grab.”

    ‘If things don’t change, it’s not long before shots will be fired,’ Lyman said, joining other conservative lawmakers such as Chaffetz in warning of violence if the federal government didn’t rein in the BLM.

    ‘We can avoid it. But it’s not going to be by the people changing their attitudes and accepting more intrusion into their lives. IT’S GOING TO BE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGING PEOPLE’S FREEDOM.’‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of the victory won in the desert today, “The feds were routed—routed. There is no word that applies. Courage is contagious, defiance is contagious, victory is contagious. Yet the war is not over.’”

    JAN 30, 2017 WHILE THE STANDOFF AT THE BUNDY RANCH IN CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA, HAS FADED AND THE SHOOTING DEATH OF LAVOY FINICUM HAS FADED FROM THE  LIBERAL  PUBLIC NEWS  MEDIA HEADLINES.

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Update  Jan 29, 2017 Robert “LaVoy” Finicum

    (GO TO THE ARTICLE LINK HERE)

    http://redoubtnews.com/2017/01/29/meeting-never-happened-john-day/

    Their intent is to meet President Donald Trump and present him with a letter requesting the pardon of local ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond.

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    BLM Bureau of Land Mismanagement

    Posted on February 29, 2016 9:33 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    February 26, 2016 Toni Webb’s  story is here… OREGON CANDIDATE EXPOSES SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY

    Liz and I both saw this … As the history of our three counties in three different states. Washington State, Oregon and Calif. Liz Bowen is from Siskiyou County, Calif. Pie N Politics Pearl Rains Hewett is from Clallam County WA

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    Jan 30, 2017 Updated to reflect…

    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    As, President of the United States, Trump shall seriously affect the transfer of ownership and return control of public lands back to western states, like Oregon, as critical to our survival.

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    Trump Jr Human Toll Issues – WA DC Edicts

    Posted on June 11, 2016 9:18 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Donald Trump Jr has been informed of the issues.

    Toni Webb’s  issues are…  THE SOCIAL, ECONOMIC CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY FEDERAL CONTROL IN JOSEPHINE COUNTY OREGON

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    February 13, 2016

    Toni Webb meets with Donald Trump Jr to discuss Timber Issues and Land Ownership.

    The bottom line from Toni…

    Jan 30, 2017 Updated to reflect…

    Donald Trump Jr was informed of the issues.

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    DONALD J. TRUMP IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    I have no doubt President Donald Trump will  transfer our lands from federal mismanagement. He has assured us, he will prevent further loss and reverse the losses that have plunged our county into poverty..

    INDEED,  PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SHALL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, AND HELP US HELP OURSELVES.

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    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/01/17/510335071/trump-pick-to-head-interior-department-says-climate-change-is-not-a-hoax

    The bottom line

    MY CONSIDERED OPINION IS THAT RYAN ZINKE WOULD “SUCK” AS THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR.

    WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, NOT ONLY  DO I  QUESTION, I STRENUOUSLY OBJECT TO PRESIDENT TRUMP’S PICK REP. RYAN ZINKE, R-MONT TO HEAD THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR (DOI) TO CLEAN UP THE HUGE (DOI) MESS


  • Public Land Use? Howls of Complaints?

    I received information on, the Public ” HOWLING” on Public Land Use complaints against the feds, in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Publiclandslisteningsessionbri
    Deseret News

    15 hours ago – Public landslistening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds.

    17 Comments ». By Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret …

    13 hours ago – Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints against feds … Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county …. Kick the Feds out of our state, period!
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    So, I sent a comment to…..

    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC…..
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    Then… I made a comment on Pie N Politics website

    Pie N Politics | LizBowen.com

    lizbowen.com/?page_id=393

    Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are destroying their RIGHTS. This includes …
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    my comment to Pie N Politics ….
    If you want an elected federal representative to “LISTEN” to your complaints and respond.. Senator Lankford, is your man.
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    Dear Senator Lankford,
    I received the following information in an email from a friend in California. It is an on-going country wide issue.
    We the people have no way of resolving this problem, other than forwarding this information to a concerned, responsive, elected representative in WA DC……
    the bottom line…
    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”

    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Sent and received by Team Lankford!
    Thanks
    Thank you for reaching out to Team Lankford! Your form has been successfully submitted. Someone on our team will get back to you as soon as possible.
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    I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA DC
    Rep. Derek Kilmer, and Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative in WA State
    Rep. Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van De Wege and Senator Jim Hargrove
    And, I have three (3) mostly, usually, unconcerned, unresponsive elected representative, Commissioners in Clallam County WA.

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    I have been, well… sort of howling at all nine (9) of them, mostly D-WA representatives, sending them emails, and asking them questions for years.. about restricted public and private land use, among other things.

    And, all nine (9) of my elected representatives are mostly D-WA, are mostly, usually, unconcerned and unresponsive. period.

    Like, I might as well have been howling at the moon…

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    Fortunately, My grandson set up this website for me… registered 2013-01-29.
    Today is 2016-01-23, I’ve spent nearly three years researching, documenting and posting over 650 comments on restricted public and private land use, among other things.
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    Well, Like I said….
    IF YOU WANT AN ELECTED FEDERAL REPRESENTATIVE TO “LISTEN” TO YOUR COMPLAINTS AND RESPOND.. SENATOR LANKFORD, IS YOUR GO TO MAN.
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    My comments matter, as a matter of fact… I even got a Christmas card

    (I know a robo card)

    However, the bottom line on Senator Lankford Christmas card is…
    Stay Connected!
    If you would like more information on these topics or any other legislation currently before the U.S. Senate, please do not hesitate to call my D.C. office at (202) 224-5754. My Oklahoma City office can be reached at (405) 231-4941 and my Tulsa office at (918) 581-7651. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram for updates on my work in Congress.
    —– Original Message —–
    From: Sen. James Lankford
    To: phew@wavecable.com
    Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 7:20 AM
    Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    BACK TO THE HOWLING…

    Public lands ‘listening’ session brings howls of complaints …
    www.deseretnews.com/…/Public-lands-listening-session-bri…

    WHO’S LISTENING?
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas
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    I received the following information in an email from Liz Bowen Pie N Politics in California.
    full text…
    By Amy Joi O’Donoghue,
    Deseret News
    Published: Friday, Jan. 22 2016 10:00 p.m. MST
    ST. GEORGE — Four U.S. congressmen spent several hours Friday hearing a litany of complaints asserting federal land management agencies are harming families and livelihoods and need to be reigned in — if not eliminated altogether.
    Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, convened the session in St. George — part of his congressional district — to let county leaders and others air their views on federal public lands management in Utah.
    The list of grievances was long: grazing reductions, wild horse and burro overpopulation, agencies colluding with environmental groups in illegal, backdoor meetings, heavy-handed law enforcement tactics and dismissive attitudes by faceless bureaucrats that are harming rural life in Utah.
    “Is there any question or any wonder why people are angry? It seems glaringly obvious to me why people are angry,” Stewart said.
    “It did not used to be this way, and it does not have to be this way in the future.”
    Commissioners from six rural counties in Utah implored Stewart and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop, R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, to fix what’s wrong with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service, emphasizing they’re at the breaking point.
    “Elected officials have tried to protect their constituents from the overreach the best we can, but it is tough to compete with special interest groups,” said Washington County Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.
    “Range management is more a result of lawsuit than science,” Iverson said. “Special interest groups sue the land management agencies and they agree to settle on terms that do not benefit the general public and are almost never disclosed. … There is an overabundance of failed public policies.”
    Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson described struggling ranchers held hostage by the proliferation of wild horses that are ruining a drought-striken range for cattle, wildlife and other uses.
    Pearson, a rancher herself, said the situation is dire.
    “Producers have exhausted their financial reserves, have lost their faith in federal agencies and have been backed into a corner by those agencies and so-called environmentalists and advocacy groups,”

    she said. “This grief has caused the uprisings that we see in Nevada, Oregon, and quite possibly in Utah.”
    Westerman, who said the BLM does not operate in his state, said it was clear to him there is a problem that has to be addressed.
    “We are all going to have disagreements on something as passionate as how federal public lands are used. It is more the process that I am worried about. Broken promises. Collusion. Lack of trust. Closed door meetings, circumvention of the law and double standards. Those are not the kind of words that are beneficial to our country regardless of what location you are at.”
    Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.
    “You cannot protect Utah families if you don’t give them hope for the future,” he said. “And you can’t give them hope for the future if they feel like the federal government has a boot at their throat.”
    Email: amyjoi@deseretnews.com
    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646022/Public-lands-listening-session-brings-howls-of-complaints-against-feds.html
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    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    WOW Snippets, full text below….

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”

    Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    BLM tactics and policies across the country, and St. George seems to be a poster child of BLM bad behavior,” said Tom McClintock, R-California and chairman of the House Natural Resources Federal Subcommittee.

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas,

    restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water

    and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

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    Ful ltext

    Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington …

    www.deseretnews.com/…/Congressionalcommitteerails-on
    Deseret News

    23 hours ago – Congressional committee rails on BLM over Washington County land … about a Bureau of Land Management proposed land use plan they …

    ST. GEORGE — Members of a congressional subcommittee skewered the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management of Utah Friday over a proposed land use plan they say ignores the will of residents and the letter of a 2009 public lands law for Washington County.

    “We are here because Congress is hearing a crescendo of complaints about

    “We are here to get to the bottom of it.”

    The subcommittee convened the rare field hearing after McClintock said they’d heard a litany of complaints over the BLM’s draft resource management plans proposed for the Beaver Dam Wash and Red Cliffs National Conservation Areas.

    The plan is being crafted as a result of the 2009 Public Lands Omnibus Act, which McClintock said embodied the spirit of compromise and was held up as a model for locally generated public lands planning across the nation.

    “This subcommittee doesn’t normally hold hearings on individual land use plans. But it appears that the BLM, which administers nearly half of the land area of Washington County, has ignored the will of Congress and thumbed its nose at the people whose taxes support this government and whose livelihoods and quality of life are now directly threatened by it.”

    The agency’s preferred action in the land use plan released last year proposes to reduce grazing by 40 percent in those national conservation areas, restrict St. George’s access to up to 37 percent of its water and does not include a northern transportation corridor through the Red Cliffs area in Washington County, according to critics.

    Washington County Commission Chairman Alan Gardner and St. George Mayor Jon Pike both testified at the hearing — held at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George — that they were left out of BLM’s planning process and surprised at the plan’s components when it was released.

    “I would have expected to have had many discussions with the BLM about all of these issues that have been raised today,” Pike said,

    particularly since they concern water rights.

    “I would have liked to have had those conversations before the plan was released.”

    Acting BLM Utah Director Jenna Whitlock defended her agency and disputed the allegation local elected officials were not involved in the planning stages.

    “We really feel like we have a good record,” she said, adding she believes the proposed plan follows the 2009 law.

    The hearing, which was attended by Utah Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop, drew sympathetic comments from Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas, who said these divisive land issues impact everyone.

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,” he said, adding that he had read about the controversy 1,000 miles away in his home state. “It appears to me that the law is being ignored, this law passed by Congress. This seems to be a pattern with the BLM. … Do you recognize that you are creating some really bad publicity for the BLM across the country?”

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    I am compelled to insert this comment.

    “If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    And, this  comment.

    Iverson and others blasted agencies for “sue and settle” policies that have left Western lands in paralysis for grazing, timber production, ranching and other uses.

    The issue of “WILD NON-PROFITS”  undue partisan influence on the US government, is not only important to Utah, the “WILD NON-PROFITS” are a threat to the Public use of public  and private land in the whole country.

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    Friday’s hearing was packed with members of the public sporting “Wild Utah” pins who are supportive of BLM’s planning efforts that are designed to conserve the desert tortoise, which was added to the Endangered Species list in 1990 and conserve desert landscapes.

    Paul Van Dam, one of the witnesses who testified at the subcommittee hearing, said the BLM is a responsive agency and was engaged with the public while it crafted its proposed plan.

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    Really…”If you want to understand why so many people distrust the federal government, this is a good example,” @RepChrisStewart re BLM plans

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    “I have dealt with the BLM for a long time,” said Van Dam, who used to head up the grass-roots environmental organization called Citizens for Dixie’s Future. “My experiences are positive.”

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    Sorry, I can’t resist this one..

    no duh… radical non-profits usually do have a positive experience with the BLM

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    the bottom line…

    “These issues are not only important to not only Utah, they are important to the whole country,”
    Email your comments to Senator Lankford, Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, Rob Bishop R-Utah, as well as Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Arkansas they are are listening..

    Rep. Chris Stewart told the crowd he is committed to finding a solution given the realities that are playing out in Utah and elsewhere in the West.

    “Congress is really our last, best hope for solving this.”
    Thank you,
    Pearl Rains Hewett


  • What Happens In WA DC?

    What Happens In WA DC – Should Not Stay in DC

    July 30, 2014. U.S Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans released a report today highlighting the collusion between environmental activists

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     Someone sent me an email attachment with information.

    The message? Add this to the Clouded Waters collection, out of the same folks in DC.  Just released the other day.

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     United States Senate

    July 30, 2014  Committee on Environment and Public Works

    Minority Staff Report

    The Chain of Environmental Command

    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

    , … read more online

    REPORT: The Chain of Environmental Command

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    This is a 92 PAGE US Senate Committee report, questioning,  HOW THE  VERY RICH  FUND NON-GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO CONTROL  US GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND on  page 49, how it could be possible to Convert Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes?

    a  part of the conclusion

    page 67 Finally, this report is necessarily limited in its scope AND ONLY SCRATCHES THE SURFACE IN ITS EFFORT TO DOCUMENT THE MONEY TRAIL. Furthermore, as the Committee’s jurisdiction is limited to oversight of the EPA and energy and environmental policy, so too this report is constrained to reviewing activities intended to influence such policy. There is an abundance of evidence to suggest that this system is replicated across the progressive coalition. More investigation and oversight is needed.

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     After I read the report?

    I called Luke Bolar — Luke_Bolar@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176.

    I spoke with Sarah.

    I commended the committee for doing the report.

    My questions and comments to Sarah included,

    So? A whole bunch of Billionaires have purchased? (for want of a better word)

    The NGO’S Control of the US Environmental Policy?

    The Ties that Bind: Key Relationships Between Facilitators, Donors, and Activists

    page 51 Activist Public Charities FUNNEL MONEY TO POLITICAL AFFILIATES?

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    My thoughts on this report are that it creates more questions than answers?

    THE CAUSE? WITHOUT THE EFFECT? (not in the report?)

    HOW DOES THIS NGO EPA CONTROL EFFECT AND AFFECT AMERICAN TAXPAYERS?

    How can this report be equated, to the cost to AMERICAN TAXPAYERS, OF THE EPA’S $300 TO $500 BILLION DOLLARS IN UNFUNDED EPA MANDATES being  trickled down to “We the People” by the Clean Water and Air Acts?

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    THE MONEY’S ALL GONE? WHERE DID IT GO?

    page 49 Converting Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes?

    As previously discussed, foundations, public charities and activist organizations that register as 501(c)(3) organizations receive certain tax benefits under the law. In return, there are strict limitations on how the money can be spent. For example, as also previously discussed, 501(c)(3) groups are strictly forbidden from “directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in a political campaign for or against a candidate for political office.”316 Accordingly, the Billionaire’s Club and activist groups organized as public charities have limited means to influence elections without jeopardizing their designated tax exempt status.

     

    FOLLOW THE MONEY?

    It is unclear what purpose the transfer of funds between these two organizations serves, other than obscuring the money trail?

    However, the Committee found that in many cases a 501(c)(3) will transfer funds to an affiliated 501(c)(4), which can engage in political activity. Under the law, these donations must only be used for activities within the permissible scope of the 501(c)(3)’s activities.317

    It is uncertain WHETHER THE IRS STRICTLY OVERSEES to ensure this requirement is met.

    this is especially true GIVEN THE ENORMOUS AND DIFFICULT TASK OF TRACKING AND ACCOUNTING FOR THE VAST SUMS OF MONEY THAT PASS THROUGH SEVERAL DIFFERENT GROUPS.

     FOLLOW THE MONEY?

     page 51 Activist Public Charities FUNNEL MONEY TO POLITICAL AFFILIATES?

    PAGE 53 In addition to LCV, the National Resources Defense Council,343 the Environmental Defense Fund,344 the Sierra Club345 and 350.org346 also set up affiliate nonprofit organizations to operate in this manner. The large amounts of money, multiple transfers, and questionable regulation strongly suggest that 501(c)(3) environmental groups and foundations are exceeding the scope of their tax exempt limits by financially supporting politically active 501(c)(4)s.

    Although the IRS Form 990s provide space to describe the purpose of a group’s grant, the descriptions given are often vague and overly broad. The circumstances surrounding the flow of money from 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups, and the likelihood of lax oversight, raises questions as to whether 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundations and charities are indirectly funding political activities

    page 60 e. The Billionaire’s Club Collaborating with Shady Foreign Funders?

    The Committee has also uncovered evidence that the Billionaire’s Club knowingly collaborates with shady offshore funders to maximize support for the far-left environmental activists they sponsor.

     

     

    The Obama EPA Helps to Fund the Far-Left Environmental Groups?

    page 29 In addition to providing insider access to important policy decisions, it appears activists now at EPA ALSO FUNNEL GOVERNMENT MONEY THROUGH GRANTS TO THEIR FORMER EMPLOYERS AND COLLEAGUES.

    The Committee’s research demonstrates that oftentimes EPA contributes to the bottom line of green groups through grants. Accordingly, A GRANT FROM EPA OR ANOTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS PARTICULARLY VALUABLE TO A 501(C)(3) AS NONPROFITS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN ONE-THIRD OF ITS FUNDING from the public to maintain its tax-exempt status. A grant from EPA contributes to that goal, without limitation.184

    OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS EPA HAS AWARDED NEARLY $3 BILLION IN GRANTS TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.185

    Based on a Committee review of the EPA grants database, the Obama EPA has given more than $27 million in taxpayer funded grants to major environmental groups. Notably, NRDC and EDF – two key activists groups with significant ties to senior EPA officials – have collected more than $1 million in funding each.

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    page 25 Indeed, the NRDC staff absorbed by the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill Democrats in 2009 WAS REFERRED TO AS THE “NRDC MAFIA” because they occupied so many key positions throughout the democratically controlled government.148 While at EPA, these officials were able to advance their activist agenda, this time with full support of the government.

    page 26 Watchdog groups also uncovered Enck using her personal email to communicate with environmentalists in violation of EPA policy

    PAGE 32 This highly questionable behavior demonstrates how an EPA official with inappropriate ties to far-left groups and their foundations can use her position to benefit the environmental movement AT THE EXPENSE OF TAXPAYERS

    One case involved a Presidential appointee violating their ethics pledge on 13 occasions by communicating and/or meeting with two prohibited organizations regarding their EPA work.201 Another case involved a political appointee who on two occasions violated the rules of ethics for federal employees by accepting a gift of travel and a flight in a private jet from a registered lobbyist.202

    page 33 while benefiting from nonprofit status, essentially sell a product to wealthy foundations who are seeking to drive policy and political outcomes.

    page 27 Ironically, at the time he was appointed to the EPA, he was actually suing EPA, along with other environmental activists on the basis of environmental justice concerns.165

    page 30 Yet, ALA has been a main litigant against EPA, frequently suing the Agency only to reach a cozy settlement agreement while taxpayers foot the bill for ALA’s legal fees

    Mainstream environmental groups are not the only ones to benefit from EPA grants. The Obama EPA gives grants to regional and less-well-known extreme groups

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    My questions and comments to Sarah included,

    Why? The Sovereign Tribes ARE NOT INCLUDED as part of the Billionaires EPA Environmental Control Club?

    page 23 where “our” is the EPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs and “there” refers to the White House. In another outrageous email exchange, former Assistant Administrator for the Office of International and Tribal Affairs, Michelle DePass, and “Richard Windsor,” former Administrator Jackson’s alias, strategize over

    page 25 These email exchanges confirm the close relationships between the foundations, environmental activist groups and the Obama Administration

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    United States Senate

    Committee on Environment and Public Works

    Minority Staff Report

    The Chain of Environmental Command

    How a Club of Billionaires and Their Foundations Control the Environmental Movement and Obama’s EPA

     

     

     Contact: Luke Bolar — Luke_Bolar@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176Cheyenne Steel — Cheyenne_Steel@epw.senate.gov (202) 224-6176U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (Minority)

     

    (I have included some of the most recognizable NGO names)

     

    Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)

    Type: 501(c)(3)453

    Total Assets: $12,282,335454

     

    Greenpeace Fund

    Type: 501(c)(3)467

    Total Assets: $15,313,140468

    Greenpeace Inc.

    Type: 501(c)(4)472

    Total Assets: $5,121,059473

     

    Sierra Club Foundation

    Type: 501(c)(3)508

    Total Assets: $98,974,748

     

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF)

    Type: 501(c)(3)495

    Total Assets: $66,456,891496

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Action Fund

    Type: 501(c)(4)501

    Total Assets: $604,386502

     

    Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund

    Type: 501 (c)(4)504

    Total Assets: $2,955,590505

     

    July 30, 2014

    Contact: Luke

    Contents

    INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………………….1

    I. Legal Framework of Far-Left Environmental Movement …………………….3

    a. 501(c)(3) Private Foundations and Public Charities…………………………..3

    b. The 501(c)(4) ……………………………………………………………………………………8

    II. The Billionaire’s Club: Leveraging their Investment………………………….11

    a. The Ties that Bind: Key Relationships Between Facilitators, Donors, and Activists ………………………………………………………………………………………..11

    b. The Facilitators: Key Environmental Activists………………………………..18

    c. The Face of the Environmental Movement: Public Charity Activists.21

    III. The Bureaucrats: How the Obama EPA is Deeply Intertwined with the Billionaire’s Club and their Far-left Environmental Activists…………………..23

    a. EPA’s Green Revolving Door………………………………………………………….23

    b. The Obama EPA Helps to Fund the Far-Left Environmental Groups 29

    c. Questionable Behavior by Regional Administrator Judith Enck………31

    IV. Billionaire’s Club in Action: Case Studies of Services Rendered………33

    a. Activists Groups Provide Billionaire’s Club with Propaganda…………33

    b. Activist Groups Provide Billionaire’s Club with Artificial Grassroots Movements…………………………………………………………………………………………..38

    c. Converting Charitable Donations into Political Outcomes……………….49

    d. Fiscal Sponsorships Provide the Billionaire’s Club with Access to Nimble and Transient Groups and also Provide Distance from their Hired Hands ………………………………………………………………………………………………….54

    e. The Billionaire’s Club Collaborating with Shady Foreign Funders….60

    CONCLUSION………………………………………………………………………………………….67

    APPENDIX A: TOP FOUNDATIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GIVING 68

    APPENDIX B: ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS………………………………………….73


  • Rubber Stamping EPA Sue and Settle

    Rubber Stamping EPA Sue and Settle

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty, focuses specifically on the EPA’s usurpation of state authority on environmental protection

    STATE SOVEREIGNTY BE DAMNED (IN ALL 50 STATES)

    I wonder how “We the People” ever MANAGED before our WA State elected representatives

    WERE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW, TO RUBBER STAMP EPA FEDERAL SUE AND SETTLE AGREEMENTS?

    IT’S A DIRTY FEDERAL JOB, BUT SOMEBODY’S AT THE STATE LEVEL  HAS TO “WAC” IT!

    So? OUR WA State elected representatives DELEGATED OUR  CITIZEN’S POWERS  to the APPOINTED WA State (DOE) Ecology under Title 173 WAC’s.

    Of course, we MUST forgive our Elected WA State  Representatives,

    Because? Indeed, whether they admit it or not,

    THEY HAVE NO CONTROL OVER ANY OF IT, THEY ARE JUST RUBBER STAMPING THE (EPA’S) FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (AS A DIRECT RESULT OF A NUMBER OF LAWSUITS WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS FILED) UNDER THE CLEAN WATER AND AIR ACT.

    When did any State or Federal elected representative ever admit to, or say “I’m damn sorry about having to RUBBER STAMP this  federal EPA unfunded Sue and Settle mandate.”

    NOT ONCE…

    However, The mayor of Port Angeles WA Cheri Kidd, selected from among the city council members and served two years in the mostly-ceremonial post, did in fact object to Rep. Derek Kilmer about the EPA unfunded mandates that were bankrupting her  city and the citizens of Port Angeles WA.

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    DID OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES, IN WA DC LAY DOWN THE LAW?

    NOPE!

    Importantly, these new rules ARE NOT THE OUTCOME OF LEGISLATION
    or rigorous scientific findings,

    BUT A DIRECT RESULT OF A NUMBER OF LAWSUITS WITH ENVIRONMENTALISTS
    The agreements to regulate often DID NOT INCLUDE any meaningful opportunity for input from state and local entities

    (above excerpts from) US SENATE REPORT “CLOUDED WATERS”

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    MUST WE THE PEOPLE forgive our ELECTED FEDERAL Representatives?

    INDEED, WE MUST NOT FORGIVE OUR ELECTED FEDERAL Representatives

    aka THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS.

    FOR IGNORING AND FAILING TO ACT ON THE DEPARTURE OF JUSTICE, BY THE DEPT OF JUSTICE.

    BEHIND OUR BACKS, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

    THE DEPARTURE OF JUSTICE

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/12/the-departure-from-justice/

    Oct 12, 2013 – IN ALL OF THE SUE AND SETTLE CASES the Chamber found, the Department of Justice represented the agency. Virtually all lawsuits against …

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  • Part (2) Man-made Disasters

    Endangered Species Sue and Settle Agreements

    A  two-decades-old battle between a Nevada rancher and THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM) HAS RESULTED IN OFFICIALS ARMED  WITH MACHINE GUNS SURROUNDING THE RANCH AND FORCIBLY REMOVING THE OWNER’S CATTLE, ACCORDING TO THE RANCHER’S FAMILY….

    Bundy’s dispute with the government began about 1993 when the bureau CHANGED GRAZING RULES for the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area TO PROTECT AN ENDANGERED DESERT TORTOISE, KLAS reported.

    LAST MAN STANDING

    read more at  http://freebeacon.com/issues/last-man-standing/

    Washington Free Beacon– By Elizabeth Harrington – 2 days ago

    News for blm land washington

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    Endangered Species Sue and Settle Agreements

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    CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/species/reptiles/desert_tortoise/

    We’ve been working for the Mojave desert tortoise since 1997. CHALLENGING THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT’S GRAZING PRACTICES ON ARID PUBLIC LANDS

    AS A RESULT OF OUR LEGAL EFFORTS, the Bureau permanently cancelled all livestock grazing on 276,125 acres of the Granite Mountains Grazing Allotment. In 2002, we and allies won ANOTHER LANDMARK SETTLEMENT in which 1.9 MILLION ACRES of the California Desert Conservation Area were PROTECTED AGAINST LIVESTOCK GRAZING AND 18,000 ACRES OF tortoise habitat were closed to off-road vehicle access. More recently, we called on the U.S. inspector general to investigate the role of political meddling in the tortoise’s badly revised draft recovery plan AND WENT TO COURT TO prevent a California mine expansion from affecting 178 acres of tortoise habitat.

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements

    CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

    www.biologicaldiversity.org › … › Biodiversity › Species Agreement
    The decision came out of our landmark 757 SPECIES SETTLEMENT. … TO SUE THE AGENCY for failing to provide emergency Endangered Species Act protection to …. horned lark and Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly under the Endangered Species Act as …

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements

    http://www.behindmyback.org/2013/10/12/the-departure-from-justice/

    IN ALL OF THE SUE AND SETTLE CASES the Chamber found, the Department of Justice represented the agency. Virtually all lawsuits against federal agencies are handled by U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE attorneys.

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements

    Behind My back Part (1) Man-Made Disasters Calif. Drought

    www.behindmyback.org/..part-one-man-made-disasters-calif-drought-2/

    In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – A THREE-INCH FISH ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST.

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    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

    TheCENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITYis a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 675,000 members and on-line activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

    FOUNDED BY LEGENDARY CONSERVATIONIST JOHN MUIR IN 1892, THE SIERRA CLUB is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. OUR SUCCESSES RANGE FROM PROTECTING MILLIONS OF ACRES. OF WILDERNESS

     TO HELPING PASS THE CLEAN AIR ACT, CLEAN WATER ACT, AND ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements

    CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

    Mar 30, 2014 Lawsuit Launched Over BLM’s Failure to Report Threats to Desert Tortoise, Other Imperiled Species in California Deserts. San Francisco— …

    www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/…/desert-tortoise-03-31-2014.html

     Mar 24, 2014 … American public by ending illegal grazing that has cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars while imperiling the protected desert tortoise.

    www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/…/desert-tortoise-03-25-2014.html

     

    Feb 24, 2013 “For the BLM to fail in its moral duty to protect monument objects like the desert tortoise is beyond irresponsible — it’s a theft of our natural …

    www.biologicaldiversity.org/…/ironwood-forest-national-monument-02-25- 2013

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements


    Showdown over cattle pits rancher against federal government

    Read more: http://fox59.com/2014/04/11showdown-over-cattle-pits-rancher-against-federal-government/#ixzz2yb9vIMRb

    By Michael Martinez

    (CNN) — A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. “tyranny.”

    What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy has refused to keep his cattle off the federal land, and the government has responded by beginning roundups of the cows.

    A confrontation teetered on violence Wednesday when Bundy family members and dozens of supporters angrily confronted a group of rangers holding Tasers and barking dogs on leashes near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

    Federal officials say a police dog was kicked and officers were assaulted.

    Bundy family members say they were thrown to the ground or jolted with a Taser.

    In the end, the rangers got into their white SUVs and drove away, a YouTube video of the incident showed.

    “Get out of our state!” the cheering protesters yelled at the rangers as they departed in several vehicles. “BLM go away! BLM go away!” they added, referring to the Bureau of Land Management.

    The entire incident is now under investigation, Amy Lueders, the bureau’s director in Nevada, said Thursday.

    To some, the 67-year-old Bundy is a hero who hails from a long family of ranchers stretching back to the Wild West.

    To environmentalists and the feds, however, he’s an outlaw of sorts who owes U.S. taxpayers more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.

    The U.S. government is rounding up Bundy’s cattle that it says have been grazing illegally on public lands in Clark County for more than 20 years, according to the land-management bureau and the National Park Service.

    Between Saturday and Wednesday, contracted wranglers impounded a total of 352 cattle, federal officials said. Bundy says he owns 500 of the more than 900 cattle that federal officials are planning to confiscate for illegal grazing, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Bundy told the newspaper that each head of his livestock is worth about $1,000.

    Since the roundups began, protesters have been confined to two areas to publicly declare their grievances, but the peaceful protests in recent days “have crossed into illegal activity, including blocking vehicles associated with the (roundup), impeding cattle movement, and making direct and overt threats to government employees,” the two federal agencies said in a statement.

    On Wednesday, a bureau truck driven by a civilian employee assisting in the roundup “was struck by a protester on an ATV and the truck’s exit from the area was blocked by a group of individuals who gathered around the vehicle,” the agencies’ statement said.

    In the scuffle with protesters, a police dog was kicked, and officers protecting the civilian driver were threatened and assaulted, the two agencies’ statement said. “After multiple requests and ample verbal warnings, law enforcement officers deployed Tasers on a protestor,” the statement said.

    The profanity-laced tussle was captured on a video posted on YouTube. A group that said it posted the video didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    In the video, protesters demanded to know why a backhoe and a dump truck were being used in the roundup — and whether any livestock were killed. On Thursday, Lueders said the heavy equipment was used for field restoration.

    “No BLM! No BLM!” the protesters chanted to rangers in the middle of a two-lane rural highway.

    What sounds likes zapping Tasers can be heard in the video.

    In the wake of the publicized protests, members of various militia groups have been traveling from Virginia, Texas, Montana, Idaho and Wisconsin and arriving at the protest site and Bundy’s ranch to support the family, said Stephen L. Dean, 45, of Utah, a member of one such group called the Peoples United Mobile Armed Services.

    “It’s tyranny in government,” Dean said when asked what brought him to Nevada.

    And, he added, “stealing people’s cattle.”

    One banner at the protest side stated: “Has the West been won? Or has the fight just begun!”

    In removing Bundy’s livestock from public lands, the park service and land bureau are carrying out two U.S. District Court orders from two different judges.

    “Cattle have been grazing in trespass on public lands in Southern Nevada for more than two decades,” the National Park Service said. “The BLM and NPS have made repeated attempts to resolve this matter administratively and judicially. Impoundment of cattle illegally grazing on public lands is an option of last resort.”

    Added the BLM: “Mr. Bundy has also failed to comply with multiple court orders to remove his cattle from the federal lands and to end the illegal trespass.”

    The bureau does allow grazing on federal lands — it administers 18,000 grazing permits and leases on 157 million acres across the country, the agency said.

    Bundy’s dispute with the government began about 1993 when the bureau CHANGED GRAZING RULES for the 600,000-acre Gold Butte area TO PROTECT AN ENDANGERED DESERT TORTOISE, KLAS reported.

    Bundy refused to abide by the changes and stopped paying his grazing fees to the federal bureau, which he contends is infringing on state rights. His family has been ranching since the 1800s, before the U.S. Department of Interior was created and endangered species became a federal issue, he said in an interview with KLAS.

    “My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water. I have been here longer. My rights are before the BLM even existed,” Bundy told the station.

    “With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. They are after Cliven Bundy. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me. But that is not all that is at stake here. Your liberty and freedom is at stake,” he continued.

    And Bundy sees it as a state issue.

    “The federal government has seized Nevada’s sovereignty … they have seized Nevada’s laws and our public land. We have no access to our public land and that is only a little bit of it,” he said.

    This week, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval told the bureau of residents’ criticism of the roundup.

    What Sandoval said he found “most disturbing” was the BLM’s use of a “First Amendment area” that confined protesters to a designated area.

    Such an area “tramples upon Nevadans’ fundamental rights under the U.S. Constitution,” Sandoval said. “No cow justifies the atmosphere of intimidation which currently exists nor the limitation of constitutional rights that are sacred to all Nevadans.” In response, federal officials are allowing the protesters to gather on public lands as long as they don’t impede the roundup, said Lueders, the BLM’s director in Nevada.

    Bundy is digging in for a long fight.

    “I’ve been fighting this for a number of years. It’s not about my cows, I’ll tell you that much,” he said at a town meeting on Wednesday night. “It’s about freedom and liberty and our Constitution … and above all it’s about our policing power. Who has policing power today?”

    With the growing controversy, it was uncertain Thursday how long the cattle roundup will now last. At Wednesday night’s meeting, residents gave Bundy a standing ovation when he publicly spoke.

    “I love you people. And I love this land, and I love freedom and liberty,” Bundy told the crowd. “I know without doubt that our Constitution didn’t provide for anything like the federal government owning this land, and so when I pay my grazing fees — if I owe any grazing fees — I will sure pay it to the right landlord, and that will be to Clark County, Nevada.”

    CNN’s Dottie Evans and Carma Hassan contributed to this report. Dan Simon and Chuck Conder contributed from Nevada. Michael Martinez wrote from Los Angeles.

    ™ & © 2014 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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    Endangered species SUE and Settle Agreements


    WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? 

    THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY 

    For Immediate Release, April 5, 2014

    Contacts: 

    Rob Mrowka, (702) 249-5821, rmrowka@biologicaldiversity.org
    Jane Feldman, (702) 539-0999, feldman.jane@gmail.com
    John Hiatt, (702)361-1171, hjhiatt@anv.net
    Terri Robertson, (702) 506-6107, trober9567@aol.com
    Alan O’Neill, (702) 461-6162, oneillalan02@gmail.com
    Karen Boeger, (775) 722-4249, kboeger1011@gmail.com

    Roundup of Trespassing Cattle Begins in Nevada Desert

    Cows Have Been Illegally Grazing in Gold Butte Area for More Than Two Decades

    LAS VEGAS— The Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service and other federal agencies today began the long-delayed and long-awaited roundup and impoundment of cattle that have illegally grazed the Gold Butte area south of Mesquite, unmanaged and free of charge, for more than two decades. Rancher Cliven Bundy has been locked in a dispute with the BLM since 1993.

     

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    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 675,000 members and on-line activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

    Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres. of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

    The mission of the Red Rock Audubon Society is to protect, restore and improve natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife, and to educate the public about our unique Nevada environment.

    Friends of Sloan Canyon worked to create the Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area.  We continue today in our efforts to preserve and conserve the NCA and to providing an enjoyable and worthwhile visitor experience.



  • The Dam Shame Of Flooding

    Derek,

    I posted this on my website last year.
    Flooding is a Dam Shame
    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
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    Why has Congress spent ALL of it’s time FOR THE LAST 50 YEARS? TAKING AND USING taxpayer dollars? to legislate and fund the NGO’s “Sue and Settle” global agenda on the environment?, “WILDING?” the United States of America, to protect scenic rivers and views?, and to SAVE AND PROTECT endangered species,TAKING PUBLIC AND PRIVATE NATURAL RESOURCE LAND TO PROVIDE Critical Habitat for endangered species,created manipulated balding, breeding, seeding and trans location of endangered plants and animals?

    IN A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE? FOR THE PEOPLE? BY THE PEOPLE?

    WHO IS PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    Why has congress FAILED TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN “PEOPLE” FROM the LOSS OF HUMAN LIFE AND PROPERTY DESTRUCTION, AKA “HABITAT FOR HUMANITY” FROM THE DAMN MISERY OF PROVEN, CONTROLLABLE DAM FLOODING?

    The increase on FEMA flood insurance is a DAM shame on Congress.

    Pearl Rains Hewett
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    Flooding is a Dam Shame
    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    FLOODING IS A DAM SHAME

    DROUGHT IS A DAM SHAME

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD.

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    IN THE USA THE GOVERNMENT WAS AND IS SO DAM STUPID THEY DECIDED THAT HYDRO ELECTRIC POWER WAS NOT DAM CLEAN, DAM CHEAP, DAM RENEWABLE DAM ENERGY, NOT DAM FLOOD CONTROL AND NOT DAM DROUGHT AND DAM PROPERTY LOSS PREVENTION.

    THE DAM CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM SMART THEY WORK IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE.

    THE CHINESE DAM PREVENTS THE DAM LOSS OF LIFE, BILLIONS OF DAM DOLLARS IN PROPERTY DAMAGE, PROVIDES DAM CHEAP, DAM CLEAN, DAM RENEWABLE, DAM ENERGY AND HELPS KEEP THEIR DAM ECONOMY STRONG.

    THE CHINESE DAM CONTROLS THE DAM WATER RELEASES THE DAM WATER TO ELIMINATE THE DAM DROUGHTS

    WHAT PART OF THIS DAM CHINESE POLICY DOES THE DAM US GOVERNMENT NOT UNDERSTAND?

    THE US GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM DUMB THEY WORK FOR THE DAM LOBBYIST AND THE DAM SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. SAVE THE DAM SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    THE BEST DAM INTEREST OF THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA BE DAMMED

    AS DICTATED BY THE DAM US GOVERNMENT

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE DAM USA ARE FLOODED AND CLEANING UP THE DAM WATER DAMAGE FOR SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR.

    THE DAM PEOPLE IN THE USA SUFFER THE DAM DROUGHT FOR THE OTHER SIX DAM MONTHS OF THE YEAR

    THE CHINESE DAM CONCEPT IS TO BUILD AND KEEP DAMS TO PROVIDE CLEAN RENEWABLE ELECTRIC POWER, CONTROL THE DAM WATER AND PREVENT THE DAM FLOODING AND RELEASE THE DAM WATER TO PREVENT DROUGHT

    THE USA DAM POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.
    This entry was posted in Economic Impact, FEDERAL ISSUES AND REFORM, The We’s who WANT,


  • Review of 2013 Sue and Settle

    The EPA’s and FWS’s are fully engaged in the Sue and Settle Practice.
    Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) within the Department of Interior have used this tactic to lock in the Agency’s commitment to publish controversial regulations.

    Despite the fact that species that could be listed exist in all 50 states, the decision to enter into the settlement agreement was made without consultation of any state or local governments and without consultation of private property owners who will be forced to deal with the impact of a species listing on their lands.

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    2013 Year End Review: Advancing the Dialogue on Sue and Settle
    December 19, 2013

    During 2013, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee Republicans and Ranking Member Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) have investigated the Administration’s “sue and settle” strategy, which is used to coordinate with environmental allies on new rules and regulations while usually excluding the public and other interested parties. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) within the Department of Interior have used this tactic to lock in the Agency’s commitment to publish controversial regulations.

    In addition to violating one of the fundamental principles embedded in the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), which ensures “public participation in the rulemaking process,” the practice of “sue and settle” contradicts President Obama’s directive that his “[e]xecutive departments and agencies should offer Americans increased opportunities to participate in policymaking and to provide their Government with the benefits of their collective expertise and information.”

    EPA’s Sue and Settle Practices

    During the first term of the Obama Administration, EPA entered into more than 60 “sue and settle” agreements with environmental allies, including 34 lawsuits by Sierra Club, 20 by WildEarth Guardians and nine from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Often, environmentalists are rewarded with their legal fees paid for by the American taxpayers. These agreements, and thus environmental activists, have effectively dictated EPA policy.

    In order to better understand the problem, Senators Vitter and James Inhofe (R-Okla.), along with Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements, sent EPA a letter on April 29, requesting documents that refer or relate to the Regional Haze Program – one of the key examples of “sue and settle,” as well as communications between environmentalists and EPA officials. Then, during confirmation proceedings for EPA General Counsel Avi Garbow, Ranking Member Vitter reiterated EPA’s obligation to respond to this request in a June 14 letter. Following Garbow’s confirmation, the Agency agreed to conduct a records search and has been producing documents on a sporadic basis.

    In addition to seeking official records that could inform Congress on this practice, Sen. Vitter launched an investigation into EPA officials using personal email accounts to communicate with environmental groups to possibly circumvent federal transparency laws. The details of EPA’s record keeping and email practices that advance such collusion were explained in a comprehensive EPW Republicans report entitled, “A Call for Sunshine: EPA’s FOIA and Federal Records Failures Uncovered.”

    While the “sue and settle” practice reveals EPA’s loyalty to some environmental groups, in multiple instances under the Clean Air Act, EPA has taken the practice to a new level by shutting out the states and circumventing the principle of “cooperative federalism.” EPW Republicans provided a detailed account of EPA’s efforts to abuse “cooperative federalism” through the practice of “sue and settle” in a Committee report released on October 31 entitled, “Neglecting a Cornerstone Principal of the Clean Air Act: President Obama’s EPA Leaves States Behind.”

    One of the key concerns over “sue and settle” is the lack of public notice and opportunity for other interested parties to participate in the settlement agreements. Accordingly, in April, Vitter included reforms to the practice of “sue and settle” as one of his five transparency requests pursuant to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s confirmation process. As a result, in July Vitter got EPA to publish the Notice of Intent to sue and Petitions for Rulemaking upon receipt. Despite this clear step in the right direction, EPA continues to deny affected parties the right to engage in the negotiation process and has objected to a request to notify the public before initiating settlement negotiations. Thus, “sue and settle” remains a problem at EPA, and Vitter will continue efforts to restore public participation and transparency in the rulemaking process.

    FWS’s Sue and Settle Practices

    In 2011, the FWS entered into a closed-door “sue and settle” agreement with two radical environmental groups that could force the listing of more than 250 species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Despite the fact that species that could be listed exist in all 50 states, the decision to enter into the settlement agreement was made without consultation of any state or local governments and without consultation of private property owners who will be forced to deal with the impact of a species listing on their lands.

    EPW Republicans and Sen. Vitter have attempted to shine light on the agreement throughout 2013. On February 28, 2013, Vitter led a letter to the FWS requesting that they provide detailed documentation about the closed-door settlement agreement. After four months of silence from the Administration, EPW Republicans followed up requesting a response. When the FWS finally responded in September, their answers were less than comprehensive. Rather than fully responding to the Senators, the FWS hid behind a questionable interpretation of a District Court Rule.

    This isn’t the first time the FWS has provided less than thorough information. On February 1, Vitter led a letter signed by 23 Senators urging the FWS to do a full economic analysis when making a listing decision. Despite following up with the Office of Management and Budget in June to reiterate the need to do a full economic analysis, the Administration released a rule promoting a less thorough analysis in August. As noted by the Wall Street Journal, the rule “dilutes” the economic reports and allows the Administration to “hide the costs of these actions.”

    In 2014, EPW Republicans and Sen. Vitter will continue to hold the Administration accountable on the improper use of the “sue and settle” technique.

    EPW Republicans has been releasing additional documents recapping the Committee’s work during 2013 on various issues. See below for the list of the EPW Republicans 2013 Year End Reviews:

    • A Continued Commitment to Sound Science, Conservation, and Fishermen
    • The Hearings That Didn’t Happen
    • Holding EPA Accountable for Clean Water Act Abuse
    • Working Toward a More Transparent EPA
    • The President’s Climate Action Plan and Associated Executive Orders

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  • Senator Inhofe Contact info.

    If you are concerned about the EPA unfunded mandates caused by the behind closed door settlement agreements with NGO’S on the Clean Water and Clean Air Act?

    CONTACT Senator James M. Inhofe http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact
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    CONCERNED ABOUT GLOBAL WARMING?
    INHOFE has been described as “The first person to stand up and say this GLOBAL WARMING IS THE GREATEST HOAX THAT HAS BEEN PERPETRATED.”

    Common Core State Standards Initiative?
    Global Warming will kill us all BRAINWASHING AND PROPAGANDA IN US PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

    READ MORE HERE
    Global Warming will kill us all, warns Common Core-Aligned …
    www.globalclimatescam.com/…/global-warming-will-kill-us-all-warns-co…‎
    Dec 19, 2013 – Global Warming will kill us all, warns Common Core-Aligned Homework … Common Core curriculum guidelines, and was titled “Homework …

    (part of text)
    Fifth grade students at Fremont ELEMENTARY School in Colorado were assigned a reading passage that describes global warming as a dangerous, man-made phenomenon that will destroy civilization in a few hundred years. The reading assignment was found inside a workbook aligned with THE CONTROVERSIAL NATIONAL COMMON CORE CURRICULUM GUIDELINES, and was titled “Homework from the Future.” It tells the fictional story of a visitor to the year 2512 who discovers that the eastern United States is under water and the country’s population greatly reduced, all thanks to man-made global warming:

    If you are concerned by Global Warming will kill us all COMMON CORE-aligned homework?

    CONTACT Senator James M. Inhofe http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact

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    Meet Jim – Senator James M. Inhofe – US Senate
    www.inhofe.senate.gov/biography‎

    He is the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and … on a recent “Top 10 Most Outstanding Conservative Senators,” ranked Inhofe …

    U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is a U.S. Army Veteran. He is the Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee and former Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
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    ON GLOBAL WARMING Contact information
    Senator James M. Inhofe http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/contact
    Committee Contact http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs.ContactForm (Entire Committee)

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    Senator James M. Inhofe Stance on GLOBAL WARMING
    “I have offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax. That conclusion is supported by the painstaking work of the nation’s top climate scientists.”

    The scientists that Inhofe mentioned include: Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen, David Wojick, Roy Spencer, John Christy, Paul Reiter, David Legates, Willie Soon, Sallie Baliunas, Frederick Sietz, as well as the signatories of both the Heidelberg Appeal and the Oregon Petition.

    Inhofe has been described as “the first person to stand up and say this global warming is the greatest hoax that has been perpetrated.”

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    Senator James M. Inhofe Key Quotes

    “The Kyoto Protocol has no environmental benefits; natural variability, not fossil fuel emissions, is the overwhelming factor influencing climate change; satellite data, confirmed by NOAA balloon measurements, confirms that no meaningful warming has occurred over the last century; and climate models predicting dramatic temperature increases over the next 100 years are flawed and highly imperfect.”

    “Thus far no one has seriously demonstrated any scientific proof that increased global temperatures would lead to the catastrophes predicted by alarmists. In fact, it appears that just the opposite is true: that increases in global temperatures may have a beneficial effect on how we live our lives.”

    On the subject of environmental groups: “To me it seems that it is more important to the leadership of these groups to turn their once laudable movement into a political machine by sending out their partisan snake-oil salesmen and misleading the American public regarding their purely politically partisan agenda under the guise of environmental protection.

    “With all of the hysteria, all of the fear, all of the phony science, could it be that man-made global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people? It sure sounds like it.”

    “. . . for the alarmists, global warming has nothing to do with science or scientific inquiry. Science is not about the inquiry to discover truth, but a mask to achieve an ideological agenda. For some, this issue has become a secular religion, pure and simple.”

    “Genesis 8:22 that I use [in The Greatest Hoax] is that as long as the Earth remains there will be springtime, harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. My point is, God’s still up there, and the arrogance of people who think that we, human beings, would be able to change what he is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

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    also see
    US Senate Report Clouded Waters
    New Senate Report Highlights Costs of the Obama-EPA’s Overreach …
    www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority…‎
    Jun 30, 2011 – Link to EPW Minority Report: “Clouded Waters: A Senate Report … and local governments of several federal water regulations that the Obama …


  • Doc Hasting Contact info.

    Are you concerned about the negative economic impact of the Endangered Species Act in WA State on harvesting of private timberland? State DNR timberland? National forest land? And the restriction of public access to public land in Olympic National Park, with additional undisclosed restrictions on all land located in and around Clallam County with the WDFW seeding (manipulated balding) of the endangered TAYLOR’S CHECKERSPOT BUTTERFLY?

    House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and his working group of committee members want to hear from you.

    Through a series of events, forums and hearings, the Working Group will invite open and honest discussion and seek answers to the following questions: (listed below)

    Contact information

    https://www.google.com/#q=ESAworkinggroup.house.gov+dec.12%2C2013
    PRESS RELEASE | 12/12/2013
    Witnesses Highlight Examples of How ESA Settlements are Harming Transparency, State and Local Economies, and Efforts to Conserve Species

    ESAworkinggroup.house.gov
    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 12, 2013 – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing entitled “ESA Decisions by Closed-Door Settlement: Short-Changing Science, Transparency, Private Property, and State & Local Economies.”

    And, the good news is…
    “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) is on a roll.”

    THIS OVERSIGHT HEARING IS THE FIFTH IN A SERIES

    WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 12, 2013 – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing
    ENTITLED “ESA DECISIONS BY CLOSED-DOOR SETTLEMENT: SHORT-CHANGING SCIENCE, TRANSPARENCY, PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND STATE & LOCAL ECONOMIES.”

    This hearing examined the impacts of the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) closed-door mega-settlements on listing and critical habitat decisions and the need to reform this law to ensure that its focus is on recovering species while protecting jobs and local economies.

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    https://www.google.com/#q=ESAworkinggroup.house.gov+dec.12%2C2013
    PRESS RELEASE | 12/12/2013
    Witnesses Highlight Examples of How ESA Settlements are Harming Transparency, State and Local Economies, and Efforts to Conserve Species

    ESA Working Group
    esaworkinggroup.hastings.house.gov/‎
    Finding Solutions to Improve the Endangered Species Act. October 11, 2013. Central Washingtonians have felt very real impacts from the Endangered Species …
    Finding Solutions to Improve the Endangered Species Act …
    hastings.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=355394‎
    Oct 11, 2013 – … threatening ranchers’ livelihoods and landowners’ private property. … Working Group website: http://esaworkinggroup.hastings.house.gov.

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    May 9, 2013 – For more information on the ESA Working Group, visit http://naturalresources.house.gov/ …
    http://esaworkinggroup.hastings.house.gov/esa/about.htm
    About the Working Group

    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was created four decades ago in 1973 to preserve, protect and recover key domestic species. Since that time, over 1,400 U.S. domestic species and sub-species have been listed. Most species remain on the list and hundreds more could potentially be added within the just the next two years.
    The Endangered Species Act Working Group is comprised of Members from across the country who will analyze the ESA from all angles. It will consider what works well with the current law and its regulations, ways it could be updated, and how to boost the law’s effectiveness for both species and people.
    Through a series of events, forums and hearings, the Working Group will invite open and honest discussion and seek answers to the following questions:
    • How is ESA success defined?
    • How do we measure ESA progress?
    • Is the ESA working to achieve its goals?
    • Is species recovery effectively prioritized and efficient?
    • Does the ESA ensure the compatibility of property and water rights and species protection?
    • Is the ESA transparent, and are decisions open to public engagement and input?
    • Is litigation driving the ESA? Is litigation helpful in meeting ESA goals?
    • What is the role of state and local government and landowners in recovering species?
    • Are changes to the ESA necessary?
    In The News:
    • Op-Ed by Rep. Doc Hastings: “Finding Solutions to Improve the Endangered Species Act”
    • Op-Ed by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer: “Promoting Common-Sense Reforms to the Endangered Species Act”
    • Rep. David Valadao Release: “Valadao, Endangered Species Act Working Group Host Congressional Forum”
    • ABC 10 News: “Casperson speaks to Endangered Species Act group”
    • Capital Press: “Forum elicits criticism of Endangered Species Act”
    • Association of California Water Agencies: “Endangered Species Act Forum Held”
    • Forest Landowners Association: “The 40th Birthday of ESA”
    • Western Governor’s Association: “WGA testifies at Endangered Species Act forum in Washington”

    Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019


  • The Butterfly Saga part (4)

    Clallam County WA is not the only one objecting to habitat for endangered butterfly species.

    Why would anyone else object to being required to set aside 39,000 acres of non-continuous habitat for two endangered (sue and settle) butterfly species?

    … If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering such activities as (timber harvesting) farming, ranching and energy development.”

    ESA SETTLEMENTS that would require the following states to set aside land as a habitat for two endangered butterfly species. The habitat is a non-continuous 39,000-acre space that spans North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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    And, the good news is “House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) is on a roll.”

    THIS OVERSIGHT HEARING IS THE FIFTH IN A SERIES

    WASHINGTON, D.C., DECEMBER 12, 2013 – Today, the House Natural Resources Committee held an oversight hearing

    ENTITLED “ESA DECISIONS BY CLOSED-DOOR SETTLEMENT: SHORT-CHANGING SCIENCE, TRANSPARENCY, PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND STATE & LOCAL ECONOMIES.”

    This hearing examined the impacts of the Endangered Species Act’s (ESA) closed-door mega-settlements on listing and critical habitat decisions and the need to reform this law to ensure that its focus is on recovering species while protecting jobs and local economies.

    This oversight hearing is the fifth in a series this Committee has held on the Endangered Species Act this year. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) announced at the hearing today that the Committee intends to advance common sense legislation to improve the ESA for the benefit of both species and people.

    “Undoubtedly, some believe cramming hundreds of obscure species onto the ESA list under deadlines and blocking off huge swaths of land because of the settlements are ‘successes,’ but many areas of the country tell a different account of how these policies are impacting their communities, their economies, and ultimately, the species,” said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “The ‘listing-by-litigation’ approach is not working for people and species.”

    Witnesses at the hearing highlighted the importance of local conservation efforts already underway and how deadlines dictated by closed-door mega-settlements with litigious groups are driving federal listing decisions rather than sound science guided by transparent information.
    read more at, http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=364253
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    Environment – November 26, 2013 10:45AM
    1.North Dakota wants to delay federally mandated butterfly habitat …
    cir.ca/news/butterflies-are-disappearing/102734‎
    Delay federally mandated butterfly habitat
    … If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering such activities as (timber harvesting) farming, ranching and energy development.”
    that would require the following states to set aside land as a habitat for two endangered butterfly species. The habitat is a non-continuous 39,000-acre space that spans North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin.
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    To Kilmer 39,000 Acres
    Posted on December 7, 2013 1:31 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment
    Delay federally mandated butterfly habitat
    … If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering such activities as (TIMBER HARVESTING) farming, ranching and energy development.”
    Clallam County WA is not the only one objecting to habitat for endangered butterfly species.
    THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE following states to set aside land as a habitat for two endangered butterfly species. The habitat is a noncontinuous 39,000-ACRE SPACE THAT SPANS NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, IOWA AND WISCONSIN.
    Two Northwest species–a bird and a butterfly (TAYLOR’S CHECKERSPOT BUTTERFLY) –were granted protection under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY said Wednesday.
    The designation comes as part of a (SUE and SETTLEMENT) agreement reached with the center in 2011 that required USF&WS to speed protection for 757 species in the US.
    The rest is self explanatory.
    Delay federally mandated butterfly habitat
    … If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering such activities as (TIMBER HARVESTING) farming, ranching and energy development.”
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    Environment – November 26, 2013 10:45AM
    1.North Dakota wants to delay federally mandated butterfly habitat …
    cir.ca/news/butterflies-are-disappearing/102734‎
    Nov 26, 2013 – “We believe granting this extension to the comment period would help ensure … a letter to the FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE (FWS) asking for a 30-day delay of the comment period TO STUDY THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE HABITAT.
    North Dakota wants to delay federally mandated butterfly habitat
    North Dakotan politicians are trying to delay a rule established under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) THAT WOULD REQUIRE THE STATE TO SET ASIDE LAND AS A HABITAT FOR TWO ENDANGERED BUTTERFLY SPECIES.
    The habitat is a non-continuous 39,000-ACRE SPACE THAT SPANS NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, IOWA AND WISCONSIN.
    “We believe granting this extension to the comment period would help ensure that public input is maximized and the effects of this proposal are fully understood… If these critical habitat designations are put into place, they could have a negative impact on local economies by hampering such activities as farming, ranching and energy development.”
    North Dakota Governor John Dalrymple (R), Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D) and John Hoeven (R), and Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) sent a letter to the the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) asking for a 30-day delay of the comment period to study the economic effects of the habitat.
    THE FWS SAID IT HAS NOT YET ANALYZED THE ECONOMIC IMPACT, BUT WILL SOON.
    The loss of habitat, along with increased pesticide and bug spray use, are leading to dwindling numbers of butterflies. Currently, there are 17 species and subspecies of butterflies listed as endangered in the U.S., and two species are listed as threatened.
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    Would you, as my representative, request an copy of the analysis of the economic impact statement from the FWS for WA State land set aside as critical habitat for endangered species?
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    In addition, there shall be a negative economic impact for WA State on private property , State DNR land, National forest, Olympic National Park, all land located in and around Clallam County with the WDFW seeding of the endangered TAYLOR’S CHECKERSPOT BUTTERFLY.