On Monday, Arizona’s conservative Governor Jan Brewer surprised observers by vetoing legislation that demanded that the federal government surrender control of millions of acres of public land in the Grand Canyon state.
But in Utah, Governor Herbert recently signed a similar bill demanding that the federal government give up control of Utah’s public lands — and the state has earmarked $3 million for its defense.
And just last week, the state of Utah filed a series of lawsuits to try and gain title over thousands of miles of so-called “roads” — most are overgrown trails — that would allow the state to destroy Utah’s wild lands forever.
Will you take a moment right now to ask President Obama to stand up against Utah’s out-of-control governor and legislature?
In Arizona, Governor Brewer pointed out what many have been saying about similar “land grab” bills — that beyond being unconstitutional, they are bad news for the economy and stability of western states.
“I am concerned about the lack of certainty this legislation could create for individuals holding existing leases on federal lands,” Brewer said in a statement. “Given the difficult economic times, I do not believe this is the time to add to that uncertainty.”
But in Utah, Governor Herbert seems determined to add to the uncertainty. He’s launched a multi-front war to try and gain state control of the federal public lands that belong to all of us. From his bill in the legislature to his lawsuits in the courts, he’ll stop at nothing to complete his War on the West.
Western governors like Jan Brewer are backing away from Governor Herbert’s radical agenda; at a recent “Western Roundtable” that Herbert hosted in Salt Lake City, only 2 out of 10 western governors showed up — and neither of them would commit to following Herbert’s lead.
But that doesn’t make Herbert’s agenda any less dangerous. As last week’s lawsuits show, he’s willing to increase his attacks on federal public lands even as others back away.
We need to hear from President Obama that his administration will fight Governor Herbert’s attempt to gain control of federal lands.
Please, take a moment and ask President Obama to speak out against what’s happening in Utah.
Thank you for everything you do to protect Utah’s wilderness and the right of all Americans to enjoy our public lands.