Wyoming’s Commissioners of Game and Fish are yet another Wyoming group to weigh in against leasing the wildlife rich and scenic Wyoming Range for natural gas exploration and development. However, a lot of the game is already over. Once a lease is issued, it is a property right. The government has to buy it back if it thinks it made a mistake (they are not going to buy any of them back).

Unfortunately for Wyoming too, all the players, Dirk Kempthorne, Mark Rey, and now Jim Caswell, are connected to Idaho, and don’t know much about oil and gas.

Wyoming G&F: Spare Wyoming Range. By Whitney Royster. Jackson Hole Star-Tribune environmental reporter.

There is Wyoming’s congressional delegation. Their US Senators may help, but their lone US Representative, Barbara Cubin, is a watergirl whore for the oil industry.

Oops Wyoming’s Senator Craig Thomas just died of cancer! Story. Thomas dead at 74.  By Mary Clare Jalonick. Associated Press writer. Casper Star Tribune.

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About The Author

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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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June 2007


‎"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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