Important map to remember in regards to Cliven Bundy vs the BLM
85% (as of 2008) of Nevada is federally owned land, most of that is under the control of the BLM.
This has got to change. The land belongs to the people and the feds need to step out of their way.
I don’t necessarily agree. Not everything federal is bad. For one thing, the federal government is why we have national parks like Yellowstone and Crater Lake that are preserved as wilderness instead if being logged/mined/hunted to death. Additionally, if it were not for federal laws like the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, environmental groups would have fewer laws to invoke to stop things like the extermination of rare species or the wholesale destruction of waterways. Hell, look at how Idaho and its people immediately set about trying to exterminate their wolf population the moment they were stripped of ESA protection.
Granted, these laws and systems are not perfect. Logging still happens on federal lands not set aside as national parks or monuments. Corporations still pollute water, and often get a slap on the wrist as far as fines go. This is why citizens need to stay aware of the laws and how much they’re enforced.
But I shudder to think what would happen if the feds let go of all their land to the highest bidder. How many massive corporations would buy it all up, come in and completely clearcut the forests of the west indiscriminately? How many would tear up the land for mining, or put tourist traps in sensitive ecosystems?
Because you know that the land would go to these corporations, not real people, and corporations HAVE no oversight with regards to the people. The government does. And while it’s not a perfect system, it’s better than the Koch Brothers and Dick Cheney and their ilk having even easier access to our resources than they already do, without having to go through federal permitting processes and the like.
Honestly, I don’t trust “the people” with our wild lands. We already proved throughout the past few centuries that we suck giant owlbear balls at it, and I really, really don’t think our population has grown in maturity and insight all that much since we almost extirpated the bison less than 150 years ago—or polluted the Cuyahoga River so badly that it caught on fire half a century ago. There’s got to be some middle ground between “THE FEDS HAVE ALL THE POWER!!!!” and “FUCK THE FEDS!!!!!”
What Lupa said. Also, I want to know why half the country is pastel and half the country is dark orange…