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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.

3 Responses to Energy Leases advance in Wyoming Range mountains despite recent revelations

  1. avatar Monty says:

    Recently I listened to President Bush, and later in the day, heard a CEO with Shell Oil, complain about the few remaining areas that are “off-limits” to energy development. Not one word was uttered about the energy conservation. They care not one bit about the land, water and air. They have a terminal case of the “Mores” believing that we can consume, breed and exhaust our way into a better world!

  2. avatar Catbestland says:

    What they also fail to mention is that the oil contained within the “vast Alaskan reserves” has a high sulphur content and there are no refineries in the US capable of refining this crude. ALL of the oil from these reserves will go to foriegn countries that have high sulphur refining capabilities and will not benefit Americans in any way. The oil companies will continue to profit however.

  3. He doesn’t understand the refineries can’t process additional amounts of crude oil from any source. More refineries need to be built first anyway.

    No wonder his oil company went broke.

    The Wyoming Range has no petroleum. Any discoveries will be natural gas, and it will probably be the worst kind — sour gas.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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