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  •  careful (1+ / 0-)
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    Personally, I don't oppose having the government run other kinds of operations (such as you list) on government land.  But this won't be an easy effort even to apply it just to hazardous operations (such as fracking) on special kinds of government lands (such as forests).  The strongest arguments to convince the public are with these special cases.  If we focus on examples the public can more easily appreciate, we can have an impact both on public thought, and as a result on government policy (if only to prevent fracking on government land).

    Of course, if the government drops the idea of private fracking in government forests, and proceeds to move on private fracking in government-held "badlands", we should push the government operations argument there.

    •  Its tricky (1+ / 0-)
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      because what you call "badlands" is someone else's precious high plains between Salt Lake and Elko.

      Mining and existing oil and gas drilling operations are probably as hazardous as fracking.

      I'd like to see strong arguments made for gov't run resource extraction from gov't lands as a revenue producer, too.  

      Orly, it isn't evidence just because you downloaded it from the internet.

      by 6412093 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:54:07 AM PST

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      •  yes (0+ / 0-)

        Perhaps, there are no government lands which don't deserve the same protection.  But when we have cases which larger parts of the public see the need for protection, we can get more traction.

        The idea of the government making money running any operations that are allowed might resonate with part of the public with all the talk about government debt.  I'm not sure how much support is possible today.

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