Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Former Interior Secretary And Arizona Governor Weighs In On Land Conservation

One year ago, former Interior secretary and Arizona Governor Bruce Babbitt called on President Barack Obama to match every acre of public land leased for oil and gas development with an acre set aside for conservation. It is a goal that has not been met. Former oil and gas engineer-turned-rancher Rich Kaup says President Obama has been reluctant to take on Congress, and as a result, has had limited success in conserving wilderness areas on federal lands.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to use his authority to “protect more of our pristine federal lands.” The Washington Post reports the Obama administration is close to declaring new national monuments in California and New Mexico.

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