My friend Jeff St. Clair listed me as a "grazing abolitionist" in an op-ed piece published in the 3/21/94 issue of HCN. As a candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands in New Mexico, I feel I need to clarify my position on this subject.
I am not opposed to public-land grazing, provided it can be done in an environmentally responsible way and provided grazing lessees pay fair market value for the privilege of using public resources.
What I am strongly opposed to are public-land grazing abuses and rip-offs, such as the poisoning, trapping and aerial gunning of wildlife, carried out on public lands to benefit the ranching industry, and the leasing of public lands to foreign nationals, large corporations and large-scale ranching operations for as little as 50 cents an acre, as is done on public lands in New Mexico.
I do care for truly needy ranchers, just as I care for truly needy teachers, secretaries and factory workers. But as a taxpayer, I am not interested in preserving a government-subsidized "way of life" for someone who makes far more money than I do.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
- The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
- Latest: California fracking companies inject protected aquifers with wastewater
- Obama's preemptive strike to reform Endangered Species Act
- Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
- Sightseeing at an open pit mine in Arizona copper country
- Garrett Allen on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Robb Cadwell on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Amy & Chris Gulick on The view from 31,000 feet: A philosopher looks at fracking
- Richard H Ernst on The taxpayer money that fuels federal land transfer demands
- Luwella Leonardi on Blood Quantum