Good news for the locals, but Obama will not allow it.
House Bill 292 .
“New Mexico is 70 percent U.S. government land,” Joseph Eby said. “When New Mexico became a state, the federal government promised to extinguish title to public lands within a reasonable amount of time. We’ve been a state more than 100 years and are still waiting for that promise to be fulfilled.”
federal land still held in Western states, 50 percent, versus 5 percent for Eastern states
Heh. They are certainly justified in doing this. Federal land management policy has gotten absolutely insane, especially in the western states.
But it will be interesting to see what happens if they do. Will they just move in and throw the federal workers out? Where does it it start, and where does it stop?
They had trees in New Mexico????
A healthy timber industry, managed responsibly by New Mexicans, would not only help our economy by creating....
They have trees in New Mexico???.
This is an abuse that goes back to Teddy Roosevelt. At the time, “presidential proclamations” were just an unimportant recognition of some minor accomplishment. But they were turned into a mechanism by which vast amounts of state land were gradually seized by the federal government.
In recent years, their greed has become so great that any tourist site is in danger of being seized, solely so that the feds can put in a parking lot, require vehicles to park there, and demand a hefty fee for doing so.
The vast tracts of land being taken today is of no particular value, and is taken only to prevent the states from using it in any way. Bill Clinton seized one of only two very low sulfur coal deposits in the world, and put them off limits to mining, because a major campaign contributor owned the other one, in Indonesia.
I would love it.
Good for them. I hope N.M. takes back the land from the irresponsible Federal government, and if they try anything lock ‘em up if they cross their borders. The Federal government is out of control, so it’s time to take the control away from them.
Good for NM. I think that once a state is created out of “federal” lands, all the land should belong to the state. After all, what does “states rights” really mean? Should the federal government actually own any land at all (except by purchase from a state)? What better way to help keep the federal government small and out of state affairs than by limiting what it can own?
In the USA, governments shouldn’t be owning large tracts of land.
Thanks for the post.
Related: CONGRESSMAN PEARCE TO ATTEND LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN RALLY IN ROSWELL
Roswell, NM (January 31, 2013) - Congressman Steve Pearce will attend a rally in Roswell, New Mexico, to oppose the listing of the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. The rally will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 4:30 PM at the AVFlight Hangar (Formerly the Great Southwest Aviation Hangar). Immediately following the rally, Pearce will join the hundreds of concerned New Mexicans expected to attend the Fish and Wildlife public hearing at the ENMU Performing Arts Center at 6:30.
Our jobs and our way of life in southern New Mexico are under attack, said Pearce. The prairie chicken is yet another example of federal species regulation not based on science, but rather driven by lawyers for extreme interest groups. I encourage New Mexicans to join me in Roswell on February 12 to make our voices heard, and hold Washington accountable for the policies and regulations that will affect our lives. Only if we speak up and stand together can we protect our jobs and our communities.
The BLM, NM department of Game and Fish, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and private entities, including the oil and gas industry, have been working together on the issue of protecting the lesser prairie chicken. Despite the success of these efforts, the Fish and Wildlife Service began working to list the chicken as threatened late last year due to legal pressure from extreme interest groups. Listing the species has the potential to jeopardize energy, farming, and ranching jobs in Southeast New Mexico, threaten future development of farm and ranch lands, and endanger alternative energy development in Eastern New Mexico, especially wind energy.
Could Arizona do this to get water to Tombstone?
So New Mexico is telling the Congress what it will do? Let us know how that turns out.