Thursday, May 5, 2011

Private Property Rights, UN Agenda 21, ICLEI - #2873 - States Rising Up to Fight Obama Land Grab: Alaska, Utah File Suit - Michelle Malkin

States are rising up to challenge federal abuses.  More power to them.
I’ve been reporting on the stealth Obama land and ocean grabs for the past year now. Quick review: Last August, I told you about the “Great Outdoors Initiative” to lock up more open spaces through executive order. This came on top on top of a separate, property-usurping initiative exposed by GOP Rep. Robert Bishop and Sen. Jim DeMint earlier this spring. According to an internal, 21-page Obama administration memo, 17 energy-rich areas in 11 states have been targeted as potential federal “monuments.” The Obama War on the West is a War on Jobs that extends from land to sea based on politicized junk science by executive fiat and czar evasion. In November, I noted the expansive Interior Secretary Ken Salazar/NLCS designation. And in February, I mentioned the federal wild lands grab slipped through by Salazar during the Christmas season lame duck session.  Late last week, the state of Utah filed a lawsuit to stop the wild lands gambit:......The lawsuit challenges Salazar’s Secretarial Order 3310, which gives broad latitude to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management to re-inventory the public lands within its purview for potential wild land characteristics. Herbert said this upends an ongoing and successful process to designate wilderness land already in place in the state.......Herbert said it would also hinder economic development in the areas in question — which could amount to “tens of millions of acres,” according to Chief Deputy Attorney General John Swallow. Currently, 1.6 million acres in Utah have been designated as wilderness. Read more.......

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