Confirmation hearing this week for new Interior secretary
Will she stop the wanton destruction of our environment and protect the health
of Utah's residents?I don't care how much "economic
growth" comes from pillaging from our children's future.The
health and well-being of Utahns outweighs any economic benefit that may come
from Governor Herbert's thinly veiled agenda.
Actually, it seems like she has a good balanced background needed to to
responsibly balance conservation with resource extraction.
I'm optimistic that, given her background, she may turn out to be one of
better -- if not best -- Secretaries of Interior.
I like how she can see things in both the environmental view, as well as the
business view. She is a good balance of both sides. Let's see how this
We need someone who will work with Utahns, but also protect wild Utah from
The Health and Well-being of our future with families is definitely an Agenda
item with the Lieutenant Governor's involvement if forcing the Human
Services director to resign after all his good work over the years. Back east
is a much different area than Utah. The people back east have not figured out
that the western environment is completely different than theirs. I believe in
a good environment but there have been some bad decisions made for states out
west based on people in the east not understanding the various impacts of water,
wind, mining, manufacturing, and even the wildlife and logging aspects. You can
not make a carte blanche statement in a regulation or policy that makes
everything black and white. REI is a good company but their mentality is not
exactly what Utah or the West needs. We had a Secretary of the
Interior who, with President Clinton stood in Arizona to make the Escalante
Grand Staircase without even the Democratic Congressman for that area being
directly involved. With Utah's beautiful countryside, deserts,
some riparian places and very little accessible water resources that are not
divided up into the southwest states with federal lands basically everywhere.
I am a Utahn, no caution here. Speak for your self please.
"...even as a large "no whining" button is prominently displayed on
her desk."That button doesn't bode well for her being able
to get along with Utah's environmentalists.
She is a far better choice than a career politician. She has a reputation for
being forthright and honest. She, working with others, put REI on very solid
financial footing. We need someone with financial savvy in Washington, DC.
Considering some of the President's other nominees, Jewell looks pretty
I am a Utahn, a voter, and have NO CAUTION about this appointment.Only those who want to run rife over our PUBLIC LANDS, might. Quit asking
them.The President was re-elected! Let him have the Cabinet he
chooses!Since when do y'all have to filibuster everything this man
chooses ... and then whine about him not getting anything done?
I worry that she will be another liberal activist type that wants to cut off use
of the public lands. Her nomination to the board of REI speaks volumes. They
provide great products, but their philosophy of not harming wild things either
by fishing or hunting lets us know what type of secretary she will be.To "Reasonable Person" wrong, Obama should not be able to just pick
anybody he wants. He should have a cabinet of people that are concerned with
the best interests of the US. If Obama could just pick anybody, then we would
have uber liberals that would essentially shut down the US.
""She owns more land in Utah than I do as governor," Herbert said.
"Here's a news flash for you King Gary.The only land
you own is your home & any other property you may have purchased.Utah's public lands belong to Utahns & the American people.Perhaps your inflated sense of self explains your skewed view of reality.
If she had stopped REUs funding of SUWA I would feel better about her. I
still want a buffer around the Mount Olympus Wilderness Area. Only then will I
suppor the other buffers being proposed.
The fact that REI is a strong supporter of greater Canyonlands tells you all you
need to know about her attitude towards the people of this part of Utah. We
need greater use of our natural resources not further limitations.
She sounds like a well qualified nominee to me. We need someone who will take a
balanced approach to the interior departent.
Here's a stupid question: Has anyone talked to - oh, I dunno - farmers and
ranchers from rural Utah who actually make productive use the land and have to
jump through hoops set forth by the almighty Bureau of Land Management and the
federal government just for a grazing permit for their livestock? (among other
things)My parents' and their neighbors' livelihoods
depends on being able to use land on a day-to-day basis for farming and ranching
- not just for some silly weekend hiking in the canyons that might be disrupted
by morons on ATVs. So, yeah, we're eying this appointment with caution - as
well as any restrictions that may get put in place in the name of saving the
Rocky Mountain Ground Squirrel or other such nonsense. There is so much land
blocked from use in this state because of the federal government's
interference. It's disgusting that people who will probably never see this
land get to lord over the people who actually live here.Go talk to
the farmers and ranchers who are the REAL land conservationists of this state
and then come preach about living in reality.
This is a new organization for her to work over. A bit different from one of
corporate structure, and over far greater area. The coverage is not only of
Utah. She has achieved direction of the corporate environment. Now comes the
challenge of government environment.Even with hopefully the use of
computerization, she will manage to have the time in the days to cover all of
the things of the Department impartially. Hopefully also, she will have time to
consider farming and the needs of and the use of people to accomplish
Environmental Safety Engineering in the Environments covered, which are many and
varied. Those in the position in the past have not always considered the varied
necessary environments that need maintained. People must be considered as part
of those environments to maintain them and keep them healthy, so that they can
be enjoyed, not wasted.