Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wildlands Project-ICLEI-UN Agenda 21 - #2951 - Obama Administration Backs Away from Wilderness Plan - Fox News (2) Sustainable Nonsense - American Thinker (3) VIDEO: Meet the Lizard That Will Kill Texas Oil Production - Hot Air

The Obama administration is dropping a controversial plan to restore eligibility for federal wilderness protection to millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West after the GOP-led House put up a strong fight.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a memo Wednesday that his agency will not designate any of those public lands as "wild lands." Instead Salazar said officials will work with members of Congress to develop recommendations for managing millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West. A copy of the memo was obtained by The Associated Press.  Salazar's decision reverses an order issued in December to reverse a Bush-era policy that opened some Western lands to commercial development.  A budget deal approved by Congress prevented the Interior Department from spending money to implement the wilderness policy. GOP lawmakers complained that the plan would circumvent Congress' authority and could be used to declare a vast swath of public land off-limits to oil-and-gas drilling. Republican governors in Utah, Alaska and Wyoming, filed suit to block the plan, saying it would hurt their state's economies by taking federal lands off the table for mineral production and other uses.  Read more.......


Sustainable Nonsense - American Thinker - Large-scale central planning, even of the most ruthless sort, has always been the left's preferred mode of operation. Within the Obama administration, this planning has focused on achieving what the left calls "sustainability." Like so many core values of the left, sustainability can be made to mean whatever one wishes it to mean. But apart from its meaning, one thing that is always involved in sustainable policymaking is a dominant role for government.  When applied to energy, for example, sustainability has almost nothing to do with the ability of certain fuels to meet the nation's needs over an extended period of time. With the advent of hydraulic fracking, it is obvious to all, including experts at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, that America possesses enough reserves of natural gas to meet our energy needs for at least a century. Our reserves of coal are even greater. Yet neither of these fuels is deemed "truly clean" enough to be a sustainable fuel by environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, nor by Energy Secretary Stephen Chu, judging from his words and actions. Nowhere is the corruption of language more apparent than within the environmental movement. A movement that is intent on controlling every aspect of life disguises its thirst for power with words that appear to be scientific and reasonable. But when the language of the environmental left is examined, it turns out to be a fraud.  This advance in living standards did not result from what the left supposes to be sustainable energy. It came about with mechanization and infrastructure powered by old-fashioned fossil fuels. The fact that these fuels have so dramatically improved our quality of life suggests that we should think carefully before abandoning them.  Read more........


Meet the Lizard That Will Kill Texas Oil Production - Hot Air - Texas has a shale boom starting that could dramatically increase American oil production — an increase perhaps as high as 25%, which would help curb gas prices and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil. The Eagle Ford field just got sold today to Marathon Oil for $3.5 billion, which gives an indication of the field’s value. But this field could be at risk — and other fields as well — if the US Fish and Wildlife Service lists the sand dunes lizard as endangered: Read more.......

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