Skip to comments.Good Riddance: Clinton "Roadless Rule" Dead - (58 mil acres returned to "Us, the People")
Posted on 05/08/2005 5:36:28 PM PDT by CHARLITE
Finally, more than four years after its hideous birth, the Clinton "Roadless Rule" is dead. The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree. Dying with the "Roadless Rule" are the following:
- threats of catastrophic wildfire - threats of forest infestation and disease - lack of public access to public lands - improper resource management - unhealthy forests - top-down federal overreach
Recall that Bill Clinton, just eight days before he left office, in the dark of night, penned his infamous, unilateral, executive order that locked up over 58 million acres of public land. No congressional deliberation. No public input. Just one constitutionally-challenged man overriding the will of the U.S. Congress, the states, and the public at large, in a bold attempt to give a last minute gift to his loyal green buddies.
Predictably, the environmental left is in convulsing. The rent-a-rioters at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) are dubbing the new measure "the treeless rule" saying that President Bush has "deprived future generations of their birthright and natural heritage." That's hysterical even for the hysterics at NRDC.
(Note to the gullible who may be reading this: Relax. Your birthright and heritage are still firmly intact.)
In reality, all this new rule does is return state and local input to forest and public land management. It's that simple. Rather than have one man's last second, dictatorial rule govern over 58 million acres of public lands, now states, local governments, and private citizens can have access to their lands, and input into how their resources are managed. The horror of it all.
Of course, we've all seen what happens when the federal government shuts down access to public lands and shuns proper forest maintenance. Disease and infestation thrive. The forests burn out of control. Houses are reduced to ash. People die. Livelihoods are lost. Habitat is incinerated. Wildlife is destroyed and displaced. And to think, some people actually think the greens are pro-environment.
So let the green elite at the Sierra Club, the Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, the NRDC, and the Wilderness Society kick and scream. Like all petty tyrants, they haven't much use for local decision-making and citizen input. They much prefer to rule like.well.like Bill Clinton in the waning days of his presidency.
"The Bush administration and the Forest Service just announced a final rule that effectively undoes Clinton's reckless decree."
Yeah, that Dubya is just an elitist socialist lite!
Bush is a slow thinker - only 6 years to undo what Clinton schemed to do.
Ping me when they open it to homesteading.
|"Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool." -- Paul Begala, personal aide and
confidant of Bill Clinton, giddily advocating and enabling dictatorship in America
(of which Clinton's putrid Executive Order 13083 was only an insidious part).
''I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.'' George W. Bush (November 2004)
Thanks very much, FreeKeys. This will be interesting. I'm sure that you have probably seen the website which lists the many "irregularities" (to say the least) of the Clintons.
Well spent Political Capital... just stuck in his pocket too long before it hit the cash register; time to take out the wallet an a LOT OF THINGS. Spend the "Political Capita" on Judges, Anti-Abortion, and stopping the illegals. Time to turn back the prior Democratic nonsense. Bush did a good job of destroying the Democrats' MYTH about FDR with the apology for the tyranny brought about by the Malta and Potsdam agreements. Now for the Social Security myth to be trashed.