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  •  how would such a move affect the environment? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    "Okay, until next time. Keep sending me your questions, and I will make fun of you... I mean, answer them." - Strong Bad

    by AaronInSanDiego on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 10:32:01 AM PDT

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    •  Hard to say. (1+ / 0-)
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      The environmental impacts would depend on how good a steward the state was compared to the national government.

      Presumably, the citizens of a more environmentally-conscious state than average would be less likely than the federal government to approve of development.

      •  That's great if you live in Oregon (0+ / 0-)

        but ANWR would be history, and how would you feel if we lost the Everglades, or Utah's canyon lands, or Yellowstone?  

        "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

        by jlynne on Thu Sep 22, 2011 at 08:47:14 PM PDT

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        •  I'm not saying sign over the national parks. (0+ / 0-)

          There's lots of federal land that doesn't consist of national parks.

          Although it's a position definitely out of the Democratic mainstream, I've always been for ANWR development.

          •  well, I was trying to come up with (1+ / 0-)
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            examples  people might recognize.  30,000 acres of BLM land in the middle of nowhere doesn't have the same cache.  ;)

            Yes, there is a lot of federal land outside the parks.   At least in my area it is under attack by energy development.  While the Feds have given up substantial ground, I also know that were it up to the State, it would all be gone - the State desperately needs both the revenue and the political capital generated by giving it up to private interests, and it has no resources to support the land without Federal help.  Those who oppose development simply don't have the ability to fight the big money.

            "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5

            by jlynne on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 02:06:55 PM PDT

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