Going, Going, Gone! Bush Auctions Off Wilderness Land in Utah
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On Friday December 19, the Interior Department will hold an auction of pristine Utah wilderness to oil and gas companies for exploration and drilling. Robert Redford joined members of Congress--lead by Congressmen Baird (D-WA), Hinchey (D-NY), and Holt (D-NJ)--and a coalition of environmental, preservation and business groups to stop the auctions.
Fridayâ€™s sale would include lands that were recently made available to industry through hastily approved resource management plans that will have serious ramifications for public lands. Affected are 3 million acres of land which include the nationâ€™s greatest density of ancient rock art and other cultural resources, which are also the habitat for many native species.
Redford commented about the Bush administration:
What you keep getting shocked about is how devious and secretive -- and basically, in my mind, morally criminal -- their behavior has been. These lands are not Cheney's and Bush's. The lands are ours. ... They're part of our legacy.