An opinion in the LA Times by Terry Tempest Williams-

Oil lays waste to the West. The greed, speed and scale of development in wild lands is an open wound on America. By Terry Tempest Williams. Opinion. Los Angeles Times. December 7, 2008.
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My comment.

The lease sale set for Oct. 19 has now excluded a few parcels next to national parks, but again it is tokenism in a giveaway of your national heritage to the oil and gas companies. If these sell, they can’t be reversed by a new administration.

To be given to the gas and oil companies. Copyright Ralph Maughan

To be given to the gas and oil companies. Copyright Ralph Maughan

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Oil lays waste to the West

  1. Alan Gregory says:

    Just as our public land at Gettysburg (here in Pennsylvnia) is part and parcel of our nation’s heritage, so are the majestic public lands of Utah. Terry Tempest Williams is right, as always. Only a huge national uproar can stop this giveaway.

  2. Salle says:

    I have long believed that the Bush administration is a collective of psychopaths, they neither understand nor experience shame and recognition of wrong-doing. This is only one example in eight years of a maniacal rationale based on raping and pillaging the wealth and health of a once great nation for personal and political gain.

    Perhaps these folks should become “people without a country” in that they become banished from setting foot on US soil ever again. If Guantanamo prison is closed for use in withholding “enemy combatants”, maybe we should keep it open for these guys and simply change the definition of terms, as they have conveniently done, for such a purpose as to protect the nation from thugs of their ilk instead. It might be easier for secret service to protect them from us!

    Just a thought…


December 2008


‎"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