This is by Ray Ring in Goat, a High Country News blog. It provides the most information so far on the defeat of Bush’s new public land grazing regulations, an analysis what these people are up to, and thoughts of the public lands and the federal courts and judges.

One of Clinton’s judicial appointments stops Bush on grazing. Ray Ring. Goat.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Clinton legacy, chapter 243: One of his judges stops Bush’s deregulation of livestock grazing

  1. avatar be says:

    one of the implications of the case that is undercovered ~ and my thoughts are, one of the most important ~ is the privatization of public assets on these allotments, including water rights on 160,000,000 acres of thankfully still public land. Had ranchers acquired partial and even entire private ownership of water developments, fencing, range “improvements”, and water – the incursion of private property right caselaw would have emerged in the courts as a perilous contestation to conservation efforts at environmental regulation… this would have mired regulatory efforts and conservation litigation efforts to the core.

    that is to say nothing of the hyper-inflated economic asset acquisition which would have undermined “free” market principles even more favorably toward large corporate ranchers/allotment holders – to the detriment of smaller operations and the economic principle that the solvency of a business ought be representative of its actual economic performance rather than a co-dependence on public subsidy – of course, that principle is already dead in the public land ranching community.

    the water rights implications are similarly staggering. think of the water battles in the courts already ~ then consider that water is a commodity which does not have alternatives, is scarce, and VERY valuable. 160,000,000 acres ! That is a huge victory for the public interest and the conservation community in the beginning battles of what promises to be a fierce future of water wars.

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