More rational policies in our future?

Trump’s Paris decision challenges bad science, economics, and energy politics behind treaty

 

A Handbook for Ranch Managers  It’s about time somebody did. — jtl, 419

 

In the wake of President Trump’s exit from the Paris climate treaty, reactions from other quarters were predictably swift, nasty, sanctimonious, and hypocritical.

Al Gore paused near one of the private jets he takes to hector lesser mortals to say the action will bring “a global weather apocalypse.” Billionaire Tom Steyer got rich selling coal but called the President’s action “a traitorous act of war.” Actor-activist Mark Ruffalo railed that Trump has “the death of whole nations on his hands.” Michael Moore said the action was “a crime against humanity.” Former President Obama said it threatened “the one planet we’ve got” (to say nothing of what’s left of his executive orders legacy).

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual In truth, President Trump’s bold decision underscores the ill-informed science, economics, ethics, and energy politics that have driven climate cataclysm caterwauling for decades. His exit decision, his insistence that NATO members pay their agreed dues for defending Europe, the impacts of widespread green energy poverty, and the hard economic and environmental realities of wind, solar, and biofuels “alternatives” to fossil fuels will likely awaken other leaders – and persuade other nations to Exit Paris.

Of the 28 NATO members, only the US, the UK, Poland, Estonia, and Greece have met their defense spending commitments, leaving a

shortfall of $134 billion a year and compelling the United States to shoulder over 65% of the alliance’s total defense spending. Germany and some other members have now grudgingly agreed to increase their payments, in response to President Trump’s request, Russia’s actions in Crimea, Georgia, and elsewhere – and growing threats of Islamist terrorism.In the wake of London, Manchester, Brussels, Paris, Orlando, San Bernardino, Fort Hood, Twin Towers, and countless other attacks, it is ludicrous to claim supposedly manmade, allegedly dangerous climate change is the world’s biggest worry. It’s totally unrealistic to imagine that NATO members can pay their fair share for defending Europe and thenpay what the Paris Treaty expects for the Green Climate Fund, while shackling their economies with job-killing renewable energy policies, and spending billions on welfare for unemployed workers and migrant families from the Middle East.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe Paris climate formula provides that GCF payments are to start at $100 billion per year, of which the U.S. share would have been $23.5 billion. Former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change executive secretary Christiana Figueres has suggested that $450 billion a year by 2030 would be appropriate, Competitive Enterprise Institute energy and climate director Myron Ebell points out.

Ms. Figueres has also said the UN has “given itself” the task of replacing the free enterprise capitalism economic model with a global governance system. Her colleague Ottmar Edenhofer bluntly stated that the real goal of UN climate policies is redistributing the world’s wealth – in $450-billion-a-year increments.Developing Countries (DCs) and kleptocratic leaders demanded this windfall to join Paris. Their enthusiasm over staying in Paris is likely to reflect now-rich nation declining excitement about paying into the Fund, even though the treaty does not obligate DCs to reduce fossil fuel use or emissions until at least 2030.

Combat Shooter's Handbook Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel gamely said she will now work “more than ever” to “save our planet.” A number of U.S. cities and states pledged to remain committed to treaty obligations. How exactly will they do that? Will they pay billions into the Fund – and blanket their lands with enough wind, solar, and biofuels installations to be completely renewable in three decades? Build more of the only CO2-free electricity sources that are reliable and affordable: nuclear and hydroelectric facilities?

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)Most of these national, state, and local leaders oppose nuclear and hydroelectric as strongly as they detest fossil fuels – and the states and cities are already burdened by soaring electricity prices and government debt. Virtually none have considered the gargantuan costs of this “energy transition” – or the fact that total global adherence to the Paris Treaty would prevent an undetectable 0.2º C (0.3º F) of warming by 2100. Their own self-aggrandizing efforts would prevent perhaps 0.01º C. (And that assumes carbon dioxide is the primary factor in climate change, instead of changes in solar energy output, cosmic rays, ocean circulation, and numerous other natural forces that actually control Earth’s climate.)

The United States and world still depend on oil, natural gas, and coal for 80% of their total energy needs. More than 53,000 U.S. wind turbines still supply only 2% of the nation’s total energy; thousands of acres of photovoltaic solar panels supply barely 0.3% of U.S. energy; corn ethanol from 40 million acres (equal to Iowa or to Austria and the Czech Republic combined) supplies just 5% of its transportation fuels.

Land and raw material requirements for wind turbines underscore the true impacts of renewable energy.

Between 2010 and 2015, global electricity consumption grew by more than 2 billion megawatt-hours (2,000 terawatt-hours). Meeting just this demand growth of 400 million mWh per year (not total global electricity demand) solely with wind energy would require installing some 100,000 new turbines every year (generating electricity 25% of the time), as nations continue to electrify their far-flung communities.

Thankfully, African and Asian countries are actually doing so by building “mere” hundreds of new coal- and natural gas-fueled power plants, to generate abundant, reliable, affordable electricity for their people. Converting the entire planet to constantly fluctuating, unreliable, expensive, subsidized wind power would require trillions of dollars, hundreds of millions of acres, and incalculable raw materials.

Industry and other data suggest that generating just 20% of U.S. electricity with wind power would require some 185,000 1.5-MW turbines, 19,000 miles of new transmission lines, up to 18 million acres, and 245 million tons of concrete, steel, copper, fiberglass, and rare-earths – plus fossil-fuel backup generators for the 75% of the year that the wind is barely blowing and the turbines are not producing electricity.

Now consider where all these raw materials must come from, how they must be extracted from the Earth and turned into finished products, and how much (mostly fossil fuel) energy that requires. Concrete is made from limestone, silica, alumina, iron, clay, fly ash, gypsum, and gravel. Steel requires iron, nickel, chromium, manganese, carbon, and molybdenum. Fiberglass is composed of silica, other minerals, and petroleum. These materials and copper are mined in countries all across the planet.

Nearly all rare-earth metals come from Mongolia, and most of the  lithium for batteries (to store the turbines’ electrical output) comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, under horrid to nonexistent environmental, health, and child labor standards. Their toxic and radioactive wastes are turning vast areas into desolate wastelands.

Those are enormous impacts – and wind turbines require some 100-200 times more raw materials per megawatt of electricity actually generated than modern hypercritical coal or combined cycle gas turbine generators. Total energy inputs to manufacture, transport, and install wind turbine components are also lopsided. Just imagine the land and resource needs if all electricity were wind-generated and all cars were electric. To call this “clean” energy, “sustainable” power or “environmental justice” is simply perverse.

Think back on the incredible energy technology advances since 1917 – from wood and coal in primitive stoves, furnaces, and factories a century ago … to the coal and gas turbine generators, hydroelectric and nuclear power plants, and high-tech transmission grids of today. Ponder the amazing advancements in medical, computer, communications, and other technologies during the past century.

Imagine what wonders our Ultimate Resource – our creative intellects – could invent over next century, if we have the freedom and capital to do so. If misguided climate change, wealth redistribution, renewable energy, and global governance demands do not shackle those opportunities. If we’d stop giving decision-making authority to people who have never been in factories or on farms (much less worked there), and think food comes from grocery stores, electricity from wall sockets, “clean energy” from magic.

President Trump has been vilified for challenging “accepted wisdom” on NATO, terrorism, climate change, and the ability of wind and solar to power job creation and economic rejuvenation in the U.S. and other industrialized nations – and to enable poor families worldwide to take their rightful places among Earth’s healthy and prosperous people. History will prove him right.

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A Toxic Environment for Trump’s Policies at EPA

Grifo came to the agency from the far-left Union of Concerned Scientists, so you can imagine why she was selected. You can also imagine what her job boils down to now that Donald Trump is president: thwarting his agenda as much as possible.
Yep, the corruption is a bottomless pit. — jtl, 419
A Toxic Environment for Trump’s Policies at EPA

 

by Ed Feulner via Townhall

 

“Pay no attention to that man behind that curtain!” The Wizard of Oz had a good reason for trying to distract Dorothy when his true identity was revealed in the 1939 classic film. The last thing he wanted was for her to figure how things really operated.

Oz isn’t the only place where people are ignorant of who operates quietly in the shadows. The federal government is rife with people who do their jobs away from the spotlight, wielding a measure of influence that can even outweigh that of their bosses.

Take the Environmental Protection Agency. You may be aware that its current administrator is a man appointed by President Trump — Scott Pruitt. But there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of Francesca Grifo, the agency’s “Scientific Integrity Official.”

And frankly, that’s fine by Grifo. The less you know about her and many other unelected bureaucrats, the easier their jobs are. Especially because Grifo’s current job appears to be trying to subvert Pruitt’s.

Grifo was hired in 2013. Her position as “Scientific Integrity Official” grew out of President Obama’s stated goal to “restore science to its rightful place,” as he put it in his 2009 Inaugural address.

Like so many other titles and goals, it all sounds pretty harmless. But as Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberly Strassel recently pointed out, a political motive was at work. This was, she writes, Obama’s “way of warning Republicans that there’d be no more debate on climate change or other liberal environmental priorities.”

Grifo came to the agency from the far-left Union of Concerned Scientists, so you can imagine why she was selected. You can also imagine what her job boils down to now that Donald Trump is president: thwarting his agenda as much as possible.

Toward that end is a meeting she’ll be hosting soon with numerous groups to discuss ways to pursue “scientific integrity.” The initial guest list read like a “who’s who” of the liberal environmental movement: Earthjustice, Public Citizen, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Progressive Reform, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and yes, the Union of Concerned Scientists.

“This is a government employee using taxpayer funds to gather political activists on government grounds to plot — let’s not kid ourselves — ways to sabotage the Trump administration,” Strassel writes. (Since then, some conservative groups have been invited as well, but it took Strassel’s column to do it.)

It isn’t just disagreements over policy that fuels the behind-the-scenes activities of bureaucrats such as Francesca Grifo. They surely have their eyes on the budget cuts that the president has proposed to climate programs.

Climate Wire called his budget “a slap in the face.” To Scientific American, it’s a “slaughter.” Think Progress deems it “a punitive … assault on science, the environment, and indeed the planet.”

But as environmental experts Katie Tubb and Nicolas Loris point out in a piece for the Daily Signal, all this hyperventilating lacks context.

For one thing, some cuts to the federal government’s sizable climate budget are clearly in order: At least 18 agencies administer climate-change activities, to the tune of $77 billion between fiscal years 2008 and 2013.

There’s a lot of wasteful spending in there, such as $700,000 to a global-warming musical, and an EPA grant for “green” nail salon concepts in California. Moreover, Tubb and Loris note, most of the money goes to “green” tech rather than to science, wildlife or international aid. “Even after the president’s proposed cuts,” they write, “there is plenty of money left in the federal budget to study and model the climate.”

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Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewIn return, he/she takes care of the logistics involved in putting on the event. This includes arranging for the venue, booking a block of rooms for lodging, arranging for meals (if any), putting out the advertising, setting and collecting the fees and so forth.

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The Best Use for the Washington Post

Bird cage liner. — jtl, 419

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EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Brass Says Comey Struck Insider Immunity Deal With Mueller To Avoid Criminal Charges

Anybody want to make any book on whether or not Comey and Muller will conspire with the Clinton’s to steer the investigation away from them? The corruption is a bottomless pit. — jtl,419

Source: EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Brass Says Comey Struck Insider Immunity Deal With Mueller To Avoid Criminal Charges

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Are We Nearing Civil War?

He should campaign against the real enemies of America First by promising to purge the deep state and flog its media collaborators….Time to burn down the Bastille.
A Handbook for Ranch Managers It’s really going go piss me off if they wait to start the action until just after the kids haul me off to the Old Folks Home. — jtl, 419

 

By Patrick J. Buchanan

President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration.

Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly marked by fistfights and brawls. Police are having difficulty keeping people apart. A few have been arrested carrying concealed weapons.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThat the objective of this city is to bring Trump down via a deep state-media coup is no secret. Few deny it.

Last week, fired Director of the FBI James Comey, a successor to J. Edgar Hoover, admitted under oath that he used a cutout to leak to The New York Times an Oval Office conversation with the president.

Goal: have the Times story trigger the appointment of a special prosecutor to bring down the president.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other MisfitsComey wanted a special prosecutor to target Trump, despite his knowledge, from his own FBI investigation, that Trump was innocent of the pervasive charge that he colluded with the Kremlin in the hacking of the DNC.

Comey’s deceit was designed to enlist the police powers of the state to bring down his president. And it worked. For the special counsel named, with broad powers to pursue Trump, is Comey’s friend and predecessor at the FBI, Robert Mueller.

Combat Shooter's Handbook As Newt Gingrich said Sunday: “Look at who Mueller’s starting to hire. … (T)hese are people that … look to me like they’re … setting up to go after Trump … including people, by the way, who have been reprimanded for hiding from the defense information into major cases. …

“This is going to be a witch hunt.”

Another example. According to Daily Kos, Trump planned a swift lifting of sanctions on Russia after inauguration and a summit meeting with Vladimir Putin to prevent a second Cold War.

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps InstituteThe State Department was tasked with working out the details.

Instead, says Daniel Fried, the coordinator for sanctions policy, he received “panicky” calls of “Please, my God, can you stop this?”

Operatives at State, disloyal to the president and hostile to the Russia policy on which he had been elected, collaborated with elements in Congress to sabotage any detente. They succeeded.

The Essence of Liberty: Volume I: Liberty and History: The Rise and Fall of the Noble Experiment with Constitutionally Limited Government (Liberty and ... Limited Government) (Volume 1)  The Essence of Liberty: Volume II: The Economics of Liberty (Volume 2) The Essence of Liberty: Volume III: A Universal Philosophy of Political Economy (Liberty: A Universal Political Ethic) (Volume 3)“It would have been a win-win for Moscow,” said Tom Malinowski of State, who boasted last week of his role in blocking a rapprochement with Russia. State employees sabotaged one of the principal policies for which Americans had voted, and they substituted their own.

Not in memory have there been so many leaks to injure a president from within his own government, and not just political leaks, but leaks of confidential, classified and secret documents. The leaks are coming out of the supposedly secure investigative and intelligence agencies of the U.S. government.

The media, the beneficiaries of these leaks, are giving cover to those breaking the law. The real criminal “collusion” in Washington is between Big Media and the deep state, colluding to destroy a president they detest and to sink the policies they oppose.

Yet another example is the unfolding “unmasking” scandal.

While all the evidence is not yet in, it appears an abnormal number of conversations between Trump associates and Russians were intercepted by U.S. intelligence agencies.

On orders higher up, the conversations were transcribed, and, contrary to law, the names of Trump associates unmasked.

Then those transcripts, with names revealed, were spread to all 16 agencies of the intel community at the direction of Susan Rice, and with the possible knowledge of Barack Obama, assuring some would be leaked after Trump became president.

The leak of Gen. Michael Flynn’s conversation with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, after Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for the hacking of the DNC, may have been a product of the unmasking operation. The media hit on Flynn cost him the National Security Council post.

Trump has had many accomplishments since his election. Yet his enemies in the media and their deep state allies have often made a purgatory of his presidency.

What he and his White House need to understand is that this is not going to end, that this is a fight to the finish, that his enemies will not relent until they see him impeached or resigning in disgrace.

To prevail, Trump will have to campaign across this country and wage guerrilla war in this capital, using the legal and political weapons at his disposal to ferret out the enemies within his own government.

Not only is this battle essential, if Trump hopes to realize his agenda, it is winnable. For the people sense that the Beltway elites are cynically engaged in preserving their own privileges, positions and power.

If the president cannot rewrite Obamacare or achieve tax reform, he should not go around the country in 2018 wailing about Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer. They are not the real adversaries. They are but interchangeable parts.

He should campaign against the real enemies of America First by promising to purge the deep state and flog its media collaborators.

Time to burn down the Bastille.

 

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BookCoverImageMurray N. Rothbard was the father of what some call Radical Libertarianism or Anarcho-Capitalism which Hans-Hermann Hoppe described as “Rothbard’s unique contribution to the rediscovery of property and property rights as the common foundation of both economics and political philosophy, and the systematic reconstruction and conceptual integration of modern, marginalist economics and natural-law political philosophy into a unified moral science: libertarianism.”

This book applies the principles of this “unified moral science” to environmental and natural resource management issues.

The book started out life as an assigned reading list for a university level course entitled Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian View.

As I began to prepare to teach the course, I quickly saw that there was a plethora of textbooks suitable for universal level courses dealing with environmental and natural resource economics. The only problem was that they were all based in mainstream neo-classical (or Keynesian) theory. I could find no single collection of material comprising a comprehensive treatment of environmental and natural resource economics based on Austrian Economic Theory.

However, I was able to find a large number of essays, monographs, papers delivered at professional meetings and published from a multitude of sources. This book is the result. It is composed of a collection of research reports and essays by reputable scientists, economists, and legal experts as well as private property and free market activists.

The book is organized into seven parts: I. Environmentalism: The New State Religion; II. The New State Religion Debunked; III. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics; IV. Interventionism: Law and Regulation; V. Pollution and Recycling; VI. Property Rights: Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain; and VII. Free Market Conservation. It also includes an elaborate Bibliography, References and Recommended Reading section including an extensive Annotated Bibliography of related and works on the subject.

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The Imperial City Unhinged

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My view: Global warming fact vs. fiction

 
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By Bill Pekny For the Deseret News

FILE: The real overwhelming fact is that more than 31,000 American scientists (including me) believe that global warming is not a problem.

I agree with the AP article (“Tempers flare up over climate change as temperature rises,” Aug. 16) that these days when it comes to science, “nothing beats climate change for divisiveness.” I also agree that “climate change is more about tribalism, or who we identify with politically and socially . … Liberals (climate activists/alarmists) believe in global warming, conservatives (climate skeptics) typically don’t.” But my agreement with Mr. Borenstein stops here.

Mr. Borenstein shows his true colors when he says: “Overwhelmingly, scientists who study the issue (global warming) say it is man-made and a real problem.” The real overwhelming fact is that more than 31,000 American scientists (including me) believe that global warming is not a problem.

Yes, man-made fossil fuel combustion is adding Carbon Dioxide (CO2) to our atmosphere. And yes, CO2 is adding to the warming of our lower atmosphere via the Greenhouse Effect. But cooling feedback mechanisms generally offset any greenhouse warming. So, any warming we do experience is slight, and then only in a benign and helpful manner.

Here’s one reason why — photosynthesis — the chemical reaction of CO2 + H2O (water) + plant life + sunlight, to yield glucose (sugar) + O2 (oxygen). So, as we burn natural gas, oil and coal in power plants and cars, the CO2 enters the air as a combustion by-product. It’s then taken in by plant life and converted to oxygen in the air we breathe and glucose in the food we eat. Best of all, our crop yields are growing and worldwide hunger is decreasing. CO2 is “overwhelmingly” a good gas, not a pollutant.

Next, I must also respond to Mr. Borenstein’s hypothesis that basic physics, chemistry, and computer models prove global warming is a coming catastrophe.

Our climate is not simple physics and chemistry, rather a highly complex combination/interaction/superposition of solar physics, orbital mechanics, chemistry, meteorology, geology and oceanography that, at best, we still only partially understand.

When I compare the “computer model” results referred to by Mr. Borenstein with actual global surface temperature (thermometer) measurements over the period 1880 through the present, the model and measurements are strikingly different. The computer model generally follows measurement (although not well) until about 1998. From that point to today, and on out to their forecast endpoint in 2020, the model predicts a “catastrophic warming” increase.

But the reality is that average global temperature anomaly measurements are flat/constant/unchanged from 1998 until today. The model predicts today’s temperature anomaly should be 60 percent higher than was actually measured by thermometers today. If the model were correct, that would be worrisome. But it is not correct and the reason is that the scientific community doesn’t understand the physics well enough yet to predict climate reliably. Worse still, some model developers ignore known cause and effect relationships. One glaring example is the myth that CO2 levels drive temperature. The truth is that temperature drives CO2 levels.

So, beware of climate models and their propensity toward garbage-in, garbage-out. There are no real measurements to support the hypothesis that widespread human use of coal, oil and natural gas, and associated increases in atmospheric CO2, are causing or will cause dangerous upward changes in global temperatures. The earth has been much warmer during the past 3,000 years without catastrophic effect.

comments on this story Also, be wary of consensus thinking. It may play a role in politics and mobs, but not in the scientific method. As Albert Einstein once said about the book “One Hundred Authors Against Einstein”: “Why one hundred? If I were wrong, one would be enough.”

Finally, remember the scientific skeptic, Galileo. Contrary to the popular opinion of the time (i.e., that the sun revolves around the earth), he said, no, the earth orbits around the sun. They threw him in jail for his belief, but only for a while. Being quantitative and skeptical is the lifeblood of real science.

William Pekny lives in Midway, Utah. He is a recently retired atmospheric physicist, having worked 48 years in a variety of applied engineering and scientific assignments with the U. S. armed forces and the aerospace industry.

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DuBois column

President Trump signed the E.O. mentioned in my last column, requiring a review of all national monuments of over 100,000 acres and designated since 1996. “Today, I am signing a new executive order to end another egregious abuse of federal power, and give that power back to the states and to the people, where it belongs,” said the President.

 

Good news but don’t hold your breath for the final outcome. — jtl, 419

 

A Handbook for Ranch Managers Budgets, good and bad, and monuments get their review

Budget Flop

Remember those budget cuts Trump recommended for EPA and Interior? Well you can forget that. The recently negotiated budget deal passed by Congress and signed by Trump does no such thing.

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  The EPA is funded at 99 percent of last year’s budget. The Park Service got an $81 million increase mostly earmarked for the maintenance backlog. The Fish and Wildlife received an $11 million increase, much of which is earmarked to address their endangered species delisting backlog. And the USGS received a $23 million increase for water and other studies. The BLM received a total budget of $1.2 billion. That’s an increase of $15 million, which includes $9 million for the sage grouse conservation project.

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewOne item of controversy in the BLM budget is the creation of a congressionally chartered foundation for the bureau. ASI, PLC and NCBA have written to the appropriating committees asking they “rethink” this proposal.

“”Buried in the hundreds of pages of bill and report language is Section 122 which creates a new, Congressionally-authorized Bureau of Land Management Foundation,” the letter states. “This Foundation was Combat Shooter's Handbookchampioned by Obama Administration officials like former Sec. Sally Jewell and BLM Director Neil Kornze. There are several parts of this language that are of great concern. The language creates a new quasi-governmental foundation that has broad authority, and a board of directors that is not overseen by Congress. The BLM Foundation would have the ability to hold real property, including land, water, or interest in land or water, essentially adding to the federal estate. While funding is to be by private donation, funds to establish an office and meet administrative, project and other expenses are appropriated through the FY 17 appropriations bill. It is simply inappropriate to include authorizing language for a brand new entity in a short-term spending bill.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute Earlier drafts of the bill didn’t include this provision, so it was snuck in at the last minute. Bottom line: A Republican congress has increased the budget for BLM and smoothed the way for more private money and land acquisitions.

There was a positive in the budget deal. I have written here several times about Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which placed such onerous standards on the school lunch program. Those standards included The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfitscalorie ranges for each age group, sodium limits, zero tolerance for trans fats, and specific ounce amounts for meats and grains. The result? Less meat. The kids revolted and hundreds of school districts dropped out of the program. Finally, and mercifully, Congress is catching up to the countryside. The budget deal ends these regulations. This whole program goes back to 1946 when it was started after WWII to sop up surplus ag commodities and morphed over time until it became the former First Lady’s personal social engineering party. It was misguided in the beginning and is still wrong today.

The monument’s moment

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Trump required that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah be reviewed first, and Secretary Zinke has since spent an eventful week touring those two sites.

Beginning with Bears Ears, Zinke met with Utah officials and the Utah Congressional Delegation, followed by meetings with Tribal leaders and local government folks. Having toured Bears Ears by plane and horseback, he then moved on to the Grand Staircase Escalante, which had been created by President Clinton in 1996.

His tour of that unit began in Kanab, where he started the day with a roundtable discussion. Leland Pollock, a County Commissioner and rancher, said prior to the designation of the monument he was able to run 260 head, but for the most recent grazing season he had been cut back to 64 head. Pollock explained the other animal units had been placed in “suspension”, which meant they still showed up on paper in the BLM office.“That,” said Pollock, “is how the federal government is getting rid of the rancher on the monument.”

Later that day, on a hike to the once-proposed Smokey Hollow Mine, Utah Rep. Mike Noel explained that while an employee of the BLM he had overseen a “bulletproof” EIS on the project which, “would have generated 9 billion tons of clean high-quality coal, hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in revenue.” That all came to a screeching halt when Clinton designated the monument.

The theme that day seemed to be one of optimism. “I’m very excited. I think there’s hope, hope for the people who want change on the monument and who want the boundaries reduced dramatically,” Pollock said. And Zinke said, “I’m an optimist and I think there’s enough common ground to move forward. So we’ll gather our thoughts, break out the maps and make a good recommendation to the president.”

Zinke also said something I found very interesting.

“Monuments should never be put in a position to prevent rather than protect…”

I believe this perfectly describes what happened here in southern New Mexico when they went beyond the Organ Mountains. The objective was to prevent certain activities such as land exchanges, rights-of-way for utilities and pipelines, geothermal development, water development, placement of Border Patrol devices, etc., rather than to protect objects. Boundaries were drawn and then the hunt was on for objects to justify those boundaries. Let’s hope Zinke visits here and makes this observation himself.

Here we go again

Just as I was wrapping this up Trump released his budget for FY 2018. Here’s a quick rundown: Interior -$1.6 billion; BLM -$162.7 million; FWS -$202.9 million; Park Service -$296 million. And leading the pack was EPA with a 31 percent cut.

It appears Trump doesn’t give up easily, and neither should we.

Until next time, be a nuisance to the devil and don’t forget to check that cinch.

Frank DuBois was the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003, is the author of a blog: The Westerner (www.thewesterner.blogspot.com) and is the founder of The DuBois Rodeo Scholarship and The DuBois Western Heritage Foundation

This column originally appeared in the June editions of New Mexico Stockman and the Livestock Market Digest. 

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Fifty years after courthouse confrontation, emotions remain raw

The timeworn marker serves as a reminder of a century-old dispute over the ownership of the 600,000-acre Tierra Amarilla Land Grant and efforts by descendants of pioneer families to reclaim the land under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War in 1848 and promised that the property of Mexican citizens would be “inviolably respected.”

 

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By Daniel J. Chacón | The New Mexican

 

Planned Grazing: A Study Guide and Reference Manual  TIERRA AMARILLA — On the side of the highway just a few miles south of this tiny mountain village in rural Northern New Mexico is an ominous handmade billboard with the image of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata.

Painted in big, bold letters are the words “Tierra o Muerte,” Spanish for “land or death.”

Environmental & Natural Resource Economics: The Austrian ViewThe timeworn marker serves as a reminder of a century-old dispute over the ownership of the 600,000-acre Tierra Amarilla Land Grant and efforts by descendants of pioneer families to reclaim the land under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican War in 1848 and promised that the property of Mexican citizens would be “inviolably respected.”

Reconnaissance Marine MCI 03.32f: Marine Corps Institute The battle over land grants in New Mexico exploded in a hail of bullets 50 years ago this week when angry followers of the now late activist and Chicano rights leader Reies López Tijerina stormed the Tierra Amarilla courthouse in a confrontation that generated national attention and resulted in the largest manhunt in New Mexico history.

The Betrayed: On Warriors, Cowboys and Other Misfits   The group set out to free fellow members of Tijerina’s La Alianza Federal de Mercedes (Federal Alliance of Land Grants), who had been arrested days earlier, as well as to make a citizen’s arrest of then-District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez, who they later discovered wasn’t at the courthouse. The raid left two law enforcement officers wounded, one of whom was killed before testifying in a case against Tijerina, who always maintained he had nothing to do with the still unsolved murder.

Combat Shooter's HandbookFive decades after the courthouse raid — a watershed moment in New Mexico history — the land grant movement has largely vanished from public view. But at least for an older generation, the emotions that drove the raid and the angst over the lost land are still raw.

“If you scratch the surface up there, there’s still hard feelings,” said Em Hall, an emeritus law professor at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, whose research and writing has focused on the history of land and water in the Southwest.

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Among them is Moises Morales, who was 20 when he participated in the courthouse raid June 5, 1967.

“We have a valid existing right to these lands,” Morales, 70, said Thursday in an interview at the two-story courthouse. “We are native to this land like the trees and the rocks.”

Morales went on to serve as a Rio Arriba County commissioner and clerk.

In his book, The Tierra Amarilla Grant: A History of Chicanery, land grant expert and author Malcolm Ebright writes that Thomas B. Catron, a former U.S. attorney general for New Mexico and a member of the notorious Santa Fe Ring, acquired the land grant but failed to purchase the interests of most of the settlers.

“Since 1874, Catron had been buying the interests of the family of Manuel Martinez, the successful petitioner for the grant,” Ebright wrote. “But the Martinez family did not own the grant. The grant was a community grant, which under Spanish law could not be sold.”

The protection afforded by the settlers’ hijuelas, or deeds, turned out to be illusory “when they were introduced in court almost one hundred years later,” Ebright wrote.

“Though not stated by the courts, the reason for rejecting the hijuelas was that they conflicted with the long established chain of title whose source was Thomas B. Catron,” he wrote.

The raid became the most visible symbol of a fight that has persisted for decades in Northern New Mexico, where most Hispanic land grant heirs had lost their claims over millions of acres by the turn of the 20th century because of lawyers, politicians and land speculators who took advantage of language barriers and complex tax and land title laws.

While the dispute over the ownership of the land continues, Robert Martinez, deputy state historian, said the courthouse raid 50 years ago has a multifaceted legacy.

“It kind of woke up a sleeping giant, which is the people of Northern New Mexico and the idea that we had land going back centuries that we no longer had,” he said.

“The raid caused a reawakening of the importance of land — the importance of having a culture rooted in land, language, religion and a government that represents you and doesn’t oppress you and steal from you,” Martinez told The New Mexican for a story that appeared Friday in Pasatiempo. “It was part of a bigger thing that was going on. It hit the national psyche. Revolution means going to what’s at the bottom and tossing it to the top and mixing things up. The courthouse raid did that.

Since the raid, only about 218 acres where the “Tierra o Muerte” sign stands have been reclaimed by self-described land grant heirs. In the late 1980s, the now deceased Amador Flores and other area residents maintained an armed camp for about 16 months after Flores claimed he had an ownership right to 500 acres under the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant.

“We built some Vietnam-type bunkers there, and then we put booby traps out on the bushes, there on the sagebrush,” said Pedro Archuleta, 71, who also camped on the property for 16 months.

“We dug quite a bit of holes, about two feet deep, and we buried dynamite with electrical detonators,” he said, adding that the issue was resolved after negotiations with an Arizona development company that also claimed ownership of the property and a push to avoid a repeat of the courthouse raid.

A Santa Fe judge ruled in favor of the Arizona investors, but Flores later received a settlement of 18 acres, and a group claiming to be the rightful heirs received an additional 200 acres.

The standoff, as well as the courthouse raid, weren’t the only times that area residents fought for land they claimed was theirs.

In June 1953, law enforcement officers dispersed more than 50 heavily armed men and “just barely stopped” what could have been a bloody new outbreak of the land grant feud, according to newspaper accounts.

Morales said the fight for land is far from over.

“I’ve been involved since I was a young man, and I took an oath that I was going to do this battle until I take my last breath,” said Morales, who has been meeting with other land grant activists behind the scenes with the goal of filing a class-action lawsuit against the federal government.

An effort to get the federal government to voluntarily intervene failed in 2009 when one of Tijerina’s daughters, Rosita Tijerina, and Andres Valdez, director of the community activist organization Vecinos United, sent a letter to former President Barack Obama asking for help in returning the land grant to its rightful owners.

“We were requesting a meeting to begin the process of giving back millions of acres of land that are still in possession of the federal government,” Valdez said. “We’re talking specifically about BLM [Bureau of Land Management] and national Forest Service lands. We said we want to begin negotiations so you can give us back the land that you stole from us. Those were Rosita Tijerina’s choice of words.”

According to Valdez, the White House agreed to a telephone conference call with land grant activists.

“A day had been picked. A time had been picked,” he said. “We called the White House and said, ‘We’re ready.’ They said, ‘OK, give us 10 minutes. We’ll call you back.’ They never did.”

Valdez, who said he’s an heir to the Sangre de Cristo Land Grant, said he and Rosita Tijerina wanted to “test out” Obama to determine whether he was really “a people’s president.”

“When he was first elected, I had said, joking around, ‘Oh gosh, I’m so proud of Obama, first black president to represent corporate greed.’ Sure enough, I think that’s what he ended up being. Unfortunately, he chose the side of corporate greed, the establishment, that ‘Yeah, we did steal your land. So what of it?’ ”

Much of the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant property is in private hands, but an estimated 60,000 acres are under the control of the federal government.

Morales said the Tierra Amarilla grant was taken by a “ring of thieves, of corruption in our judicial system.”

“Legally, these lands are ours,” Morales said. “But we’ve been denied due process since the beginning of time.”

In 2004, the U.S. General Accounting Office, now known as the Government Accountability Office, concluded that the Constitution’s procedural due process requirements “were satisfied,” though it acknowledged in its 200-page report that the processes “were inefficient and created hardship for many grantees.” The agency assists Congress with its investigations.

In an interview, Ebright, the land-grant expert and author, called the report a “whitewash.”

“You could almost predict that that’s what they would say,” he said. “I think pretty much people have realized that they’re not going to get redress from anybody.”

Jose Belarmino Archuleta, twin brother of Pedro Archuleta, said he hasn’t given up hope.

“It was stolen from us through fraud,” he said. It’s never too late for land grant heirs to reclaim the land, he added. “The government knows it’s not too late.”

Robert Archuleta, 72, said the land should revert to the descendants of the pioneering families, but it’s unlikely to happen.

“People already bought the property,” he said. “They’re not going to walk away just because they tell them.”

At the time of the courthouse raid in Tierra Amarilla, Robert Archuleta worked at the Chama Land and Cattle Co.

“They told us that they might burn the barns down in Chama Land, so our boss told us, ‘You better stay overnight and take care of the barns,’ ” Robert Archuleta recalled. “But me and a friend of mine, Joe Martinez, we took off to Pagosa Springs [Colo.]. We rented a room over there. We didn’t want to be involved with it, so we disappeared to Pagosa Springs.”

Walking through the halls of the Tierra Amarilla courthouse, Morales said he remembers the raid vividly.

“The memories come back to the same day, to June 5, 1967, every time I come around here,” he said.

“One of the jailers that was in one of these rooms started shooting out across the door. That’s when people got mad and then [state police Officer] Nick Saiz drew the gun at Juan Valdez, and Juan drew back and shot him,” Morales recalled.

Although there have been questions about whether or not Tijerina participated in the raid, Morales said Tijerina was outside the courthouse.

About three months before Tijerina died at age 88 in January 2015, Morales said Tijerina and others gathered outside the courthouse again.

Tijerina, a former preacher who had been dubbed “King Tiger” by the media, told the group he was old and getting tired, Morales said.

“One of these days I’m going to go,” Tijerina said, according to Morales. “But God is going to bless you and your people that want to continue this fight.”

Contact Daniel J. Chacón at 505-986-3089 or dchacon@sfnewmexican.com. Follow him on Twitter @danieljchacon.

 

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