Bills to transfer federal control of lands to local stewardship progress through Congress

“Sadly, these bills are necessary because the federal government has not recently been that good neighbor, and ideological zealots in our land management agencies have been obstructing vital local infrastructure projects and running roughshod over the wishes and jurisdictions of local communities…” ~House Natural Resources Chair, Tom McClintock~   by Marjorie Haun The transfer of tracts of federally-controlled lands to […]

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Oregon Rep. Walden to stem prosecution of ranchers under federal terrorism statutes

The federal government, whose agencies regularly use prescribed burns–many of which spread accidentally and cause extreme damage to life and property–already enjoy the protections Walden extends to civilian property owners in HR 983. by Marjorie Haun United States Representative Greg Walden of Oregon has been a lone advocate for the rural interests of his state amid a forest of progressive […]

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U.S. House to vote on critical bill protecting property owners from BLM in Red River dispute

For generations, landowners improved and maintained the land, dutifully paid taxes, and lawfully-owned land along the Red River. This bill takes the first step towards resolving the Bureau of Land Management’s egregious overreach and survey errors that wrongfully clouded the titles of landowners. by Marjorie Haun The United States House of Representatives will vote on the Red River Gradient Boundary […]

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Obama’s regulatory machine on overdrive in final weeks

This oppressive agenda, and the audacity with which it was executed, was on the minds of voters and apparently rejected on Nov 8. With the transfer of power underway, the Obama administration’s controversial agenda appears to be in overdrive and the midnight rule-making has already begun. © Getty The Audacity of Smothering Regulation Early in his tenure, President Obama pledged […]

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House Energy Subcommittee hears bill giving states control over energy development

“Rather than continuing to allow faceless bureaucrats in DC to determine what is best for both western and eastern states under a one-size-fits-all regulatory approach, [the bill] will ensure states regulate natural resource production in state-specific strategies that promote both economic development and environmental protection.” Congressman Doug Lamborn (R) CO Federal Lands Freedom Act Empowers State Energy Development WASHINGTON, D.C., […]

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Obama exploits Native tribes to further extreme environmental agenda

When tribal leaders question or disapprove of a potential energy development project, they are lauded and portrayed as victims of greedy corporations and environmental plunderers. But when Tribal governments approve of a project which does not fit the Administration’s radical environmental agenda, their input is largely ignored. As mainstream media stubbornly promote the fiction that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protesters are all members of […]

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VIDEO: Western states’ inequality by the numbers

“If you are not from one of the Western states, you need to understand what that means. That’s all land that’s off the local tax rolls.  It’s land that carries increasingly severe restrictions on public use and access, which means it’s generating very little economic activity to these regions.  And often, federal ownership means that federal land use policies are […]

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