Is Congressman Bishop’s Grand Bargain D.O.A?
Ashley Korenblat, a major player for the environmentalist side of the table has just doubled down on National Monuments.
Ashley Korenblat, the owner of the Moab tour company Western Spirit Cycling, said on a conference call organized by the Center for American Progress that the blueprint offered by the groups zeroes in on the fact that making a living off the land doesn’t mean harming it.
“It’s particularly important because it reflects the new reality that land in its natural state has economic value,” Korenblat said. “We need to shift this debate away from the false choice that [it’s] either resource extraction or land protection.”
Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who chairs the House Natural Resources subcommittee over public lands, notes that environmental groups often forget to mention that there are more than 450 million acres of federal land with a protective designation, while just 38 million are leased for oil and gas production.
“Conservation and energy development can coexist in our country,” Bishop said, noting there are areas that should be utilized for their oil and gas resources but also areas protected as scenic landscapes and recreation spots.
The policies suggested by the report would duplicate existing environmental reviews and further tax businesses trying to help revive the economy, said Bishop.
The Utahn is pushing an initiative, known as the “grand bargain,” to bring together environmentalists, energy executives and local and state leaders to find a
compromise to the contention over public lands. That, he says, is a “better way” to address land-use policies.
But most of us on this side of the table saw this coming, didn’t we? It’s not our first rodeo.
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