In another stunning, but not surprising development, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has re-instated former President Clinton’s national *roadless rule* policy. This is another blow to job creation especially those in the logging and mining industry.
This has a long and convoluted history. A few days before G.W. Bush was sworn into office in 2001, then President Clinton passed the controversial policy which banned road-building from most roadless areas in the country. Bush after entering office modified this ruling to allow the states to have a more active say and allow them to have their own regulations. However via the Denver Post:
In 2009, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California upheld a lower court decision to reinstate the roadless rule for the majority of roadless areas. Obama administration officials have expressed support for a national rule and asked the Tenth Circuit appeals court to uphold the 2001 rule.
Ah, that pesky Ninth Circuit again. Where have we heard about them before. Ruling that the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross is unconstitutional, for one.
Now today the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a ruling to re-instate Clinton’s policy to protect 49 million acres from road-building even though Colorado had tried to implement its own plan to protect 4.1 million acres. The 10th Circuit’s ruling overturns a Wyoming district court’s ruling that blocked implementation of the rule.
Of course environmentalists are ecstatic claiming that residents in these areas can only get “clean water” if these land areas are not tainted by industry and people who need JOBS. And let’s not forget about all those “endangered species” like the delta smelt, lizards, salamanders, mayflies and that sea lion in the GOM which has shut down fishing there.
In an email from the House Natural Resources Committee, Chairman Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) issued this statement:
“For over a decade, the Clinton Roadless Rule has locked up millions of acres of land from the American people and today the Obama Administration continues to employ this job destroying policy. Our public lands are intended to be multiple use and the Committee will continue to work to keep them open and accessible to all Americans for both recreation and job creation.” – Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).”
Obama and his minions have succeeded in blocking up to this point oil, gas, fishing, coal, mining, and logging. Have I left anything out?
Oh, BTW. I read someplace yesterday that some windmills in Kentucky were shut down at night because *bats* were flying into them and getting killed.
Crossposted at Conservative Outlooks