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One of President Joe Biden’s first acts as president was to sign an executive order that went almost completely unnoticed. The so-called Thirty By Thirty initiative calls for placing 30 percent of all U.S. lands and waters into conservation status, which could mean an end to private leases on public lands and could eventually lead to a federal land grab of private properties.
While supporters of the measure claim it is an attempt to address climate change and protect the global ecosystem, private landowners and local governments are concerned this is nothing more than a massive power grab intended to destroy private property rights.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was the first of 15 governors to oppose Biden’s Thirty by Thirty plan. Ricketts issued an executive order sending a clear message to the Biden Administration that Nebraskans will continue to manage their land without federal intrusion. “What we’ve asked for from the Biden administration is for more information, because their math doesn’t work,” Ricketts said. “Either they’re going to fail to get to 30% or they’re not telling us something else about how they’re going to get to 30% and that’s what makes us concerned here in Nebraska.”
The order states the “federal conservation mandates have no constitutional basis, and have great potential to devastate Nebraska’s economy,” and that the “federal 30 percent conservation goal would interfere with the States’ constitutional and traditional power over land and water uses.” It also notes that “the people of Nebraska oppose federal overreach and want to protect our state’s land and water to continue to make them more productive.”
More than 70 counties, including those in western states, where 92 percent of the federally-owned lands are, have passed resolutions opposing the land grab. Left-leaning environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council are driving the agenda. A recent blog post on it’s site says, “We are urging the U.S. to lead in this vital global effort by working with states, local communities, tribes and private landowners to ramp up strong protections for lands, waters and ocean areas.We need dramatic change, and we need it fast .” […]
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