Bruce Grabbitt err… Babbitt Weighs In
Apparently if you oppose locking up huge tracts of public lands from multiple use you aren’t “civilized”.
Babbitt, who headed the Interior Department when President Bill Clinton used that act to designate the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, said Obama must make up for the lack of land preservation in his first term and can’t try to compromise with House Republicans who have stalled any effort to name new wilderness. “The idea that you can civilize these people by making concessions is entirely wrong,” Babbitt said. “All it does is up their demands for more. The best defense of the Antiquities Act is to use it. And the reason for that is by using it, we show the American people what we have and what the program is for protecting it.”