Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Millions of acres of public land to be privatized

Early in the morning of November 18, 2005, millions of acres of federal public lands were opened to corporate and private ownership. Whether you were aware of this or not, it's too late. Now it moves into the Senate for approval. It's almost as if the argument for/against drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge was a distraction, a ruse to distract the media and conservationists from the real issue. The Republicans have screwed you hard, screwed your children and have pretty much assured that your grandchildren are screwed as well.

By a vote of 217-215, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Republican budget bill, which contains mining provisions introduced by House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-California) that allow land speculators and multi-national mining and energy corporations to take ownership of millions of acres of federal public lands in the West. Pombo's provisions also prohibit the federal government from imposing royalties on minerals and metals removed from public lands, thus foregoing trillions of dollars in potential revenues that could help offset the staggering budget deficit...

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