Salazar: GOP budget would be a “death knell” for conservation programs

posted at 3:21 pm on July 20, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Please, Secretary Salazar — spare us the dramatics.

The Republican budget is a “death knell” for conservation programs, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.

AP reports Salazar “at times struck a political tone” while touring the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge near Boynton Beach, Fla.

“A great fear I have is that there will be a U-turn,” Salazar told AP.

President Obama requested $11.5 billion for Interior in the fiscal 2013 budget, which includes $516.8 million in cuts from 2012.

The House plan would give Interior $10.3 billion.

Yes, we’re all well aware that no big-government bureaucrat wants to see his or her department in any way downsized and won’t shy away from theatrics to ensure their preservation — and ostensibly “protecting America’s great outdoors” is a convenient rallying cry with which the Interior Department can appeal the sympathies of environmentalists and wilderness enthusiasts alike.

In reality, however, big-government oversight is very often at odds with environmental quality. The federal government owns almost one-third of the surface area of the United States, but they consistently lack the money, resources, and knowledge to provide effective stewardship. The instances of environmental degradation are too many to ignore alternative methods of management — maybe some severe downsizing at the Department of Interior is precisely what our national parks need.

Yes, friends, I’m talking about not only more state/local government, but also privatization — a way to provide parks with the type of attentive environmental stewardship that comes from eliminating the tragedy-of-the-commons effect, and to remove them from the list of taxpayer liabilities. And no, our national parks would not be paved over with shopping malls in a New-York minute: as long as there is a demand for wilderness, there will be wilderness; and if that isn’t enough for you, it is possible for the federal government to lease or sell land to privateers in trust for specified uses.

It may not rank highly on our to-do list of downsizing government, but if we’re ever going to get serious about balancing our budget, the Interior Department should not be awarded sacred-cow status — especially when bureaucratic inefficiency and political gamesmanship is so often the cause of the poor stewardship of the American landscape.


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As it is, the National Park Service is asking for donations to keep our parks from falling FURTHER into disrepair.

Why not let us cut out the middleman? Americans would pay to privately maintain our national parks, and probably do a much better job of it than Uncle Sam.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

…says the man with the ‘Death Kiss”!

KOOLAID2 on July 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

I would so like to knock that gay ass hat off this MORON. If we drilled in 1% of the barren lands in this country we could afford not to buy a gallon of oil from savage terrorist and let them rot into the sand dunes like they should. It is liberal toads like this that would rather see farmers die and people starve than to harm a worthless delta smelt. That picture personifies all that is wrong with the world today.

SDarchitect on July 20, 2012 at 3:28 PM

As a Utahan I’d like to tell Salazar to go pound sand.

gwelf on July 20, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Damn you Salazar!

29Victor on July 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Bombshell, Salazar is the worst Interior Secretary we’ve had in living memory.

dczombie on July 20, 2012 at 3:31 PM

gwelf on July 20, 2012 at 3:28 PM

As a Texan I’d like to tell that worm to pound sand also!
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letget on July 20, 2012 at 3:32 PM

What we’ve seen is one Salazar’s conservation program is another person’s tyranny.

Speakup on July 20, 2012 at 3:33 PM

Salazar turned out to be a complete nut. Obama lied about this man, said he would be the middle-ground. He is an intellectual moron, just like Obama.

pat on July 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Maybe if Salazar stopped standing in the way of oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, he might have some more money to run his useless department.

RadClown on July 20, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Free the LAND!

Public ownership of this country is anathema to freedom. Govt, get your stinkin’ paws off the land you dirty ape!

Downsize EPA and others.

freedomfirst on July 20, 2012 at 3:45 PM

[FOR MY COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT SIDEBAR]

I’M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF THESE HALF AND FULL-SCREEN ADS MOLESTING MY COMPUTER SCREEN. AND I KNOW THAT IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

…downsize Interior also!

freedomfirst on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Can someone make this stuff stop? I’ve had all I can take.

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

The Republican budget is a “death knell” for conservation programs

So give us a Democratic budget SaladBar !

burrata on July 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Can someone make this stuff stop? I’ve had all I can take.

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

^^best comment award

Drunk Report on July 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I think you greatly underestimate the amount of fecal matter a bureaucrat like Mr. Salazar can produce on demand.

MessesWithTexas on July 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Can someone make this stuff stop? I’ve had all I can take.

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

He already has…that’s what he’s using for brains.

HumpBot Salvation on July 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

AND within that ‘U’ will be your worthless neck, Salazar.

Salazar’s War On Jobs http://t.co/LWGYY94

Drilling Ken Salazar http://t.co/io9Ov0C

Winghunter on July 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

The federal government owns almost one-third of the surface area of the United States, but they consistently lack the money, resources, and knowledge to provide effective stewardship.

Yes, friends, I’m talking about not only more state/local government, but also privatization

Local governments don’t have the resources to maintain last either. My town spendt millions buying up farmland and “green acres” over the past several years and suddenly realizes there’s a maintenance cost. Many of the parcels are now uncut and deteriorating.

Funny thing is, these were all acquired from private owners in the first place. Ironically, “privatization” would put things back to square one.

Lost in Jersey on July 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Local governments don’t have the resources to maintain last either. My town spendt millions buying up farmland …

Lost in Jersey on July 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM

ugh … stupid phone.

Lost in Jersey on July 20, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Aw, c’mon people – that cowboy hat makes him look like a real cowboy … a real man of the land … kinda like what a cowboy hat did for Travolta, in Urban Cowboy.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

This whiner is Obama’s designated “boot on the necks of the oil companies” go-to guy, IIRC.

It is perfectly possible to practice conservation without buttinskies from the feral gubmint… happens all the time.

ya2daup on July 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Dear Mr Salazar – it’d be a success if it cut you, personally, off from the government teat.

What’s my share of the worthwhile, productive Interior programs? I mean, not including your watermelon fantasies? I’ll write a check right now. National parks? Sure. Other federal lands? Absolutely, as long as we’re not talking about more Feinstein land-grabs to keep off-roaders out.

Your ‘conservation’ programs? Fund them out of your own pension, clown.

JEM on July 20, 2012 at 3:59 PM

And the Democrat budget would be a death knell for….

Wait. Hold up. I almost forgot… Dems “don’t do” budgets anymore. That’s so last decade. Forward, comrades!

visions on July 20, 2012 at 4:00 PM

[FOR MY COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT SIDEBAR]

I’M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF THESE HALF AND FULL-SCREEN ADS MOLESTING MY COMPUTER SCREEN. AND I KNOW THAT IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Amen! And the videos with sound that auto-play. Very MySpace.

29Victor on July 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

So the Democrats would rather keep energy prices artificially high by refusing to allow Americans to use our own natural energy resources so that the Democrats can continue to waste tax dollars for the purpose of supporting federal lands that could otherwise go to support Social Security and Medicare. Can we quote you on that Mr. Salazar?

talkingpoints on July 20, 2012 at 4:10 PM

it is possible for the federal government to lease or sell land to privateers in trust for specified uses.

I particularly support leasing federal lands for specific uses. Erika is right about private enterprise often providing much better stewardship of wilderness areas.

I’m thinking of areas of open range used to graze cattle, and forested areas that are better maintained if undergrowth and trees that are dead or dying are removed to allow younger trees to flourish, and rivers opened up for river rafting enterprises, etc, that do no harm to the environment while making these areas a source of revenue, rather than a drain on tax payer funding.

I think most people understand that there are some environments, some areas,that are too fragile to support off road traffic, like 4 wheelers, ATV’s, dune buggies, and snow cats or snowmobiles roaring around.

However, there are areas and activities that are compatible and these should be paired in a way that allows better stewardship of the environment while simultaneously removing the burden on tax payer for the maintenance of these areas.

Some of the property now held by the federal government could also be sold to the public. There is no reason for some areas of these areas to be placed under protection for environmental reasons. It has been set aside simply because it has some resource value. In some cases these resources are not in particularly scarcity, nor are they required to be banked for any national security reason. In that case, private industry should be allowed to lease the land so that they can make those resources available, or, it should be sold directly to private citizens.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I just refresh and they are gone when HA comes back. Maybe after Nov. we won’t have to deal with such krap?
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letget on July 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

I wonder how much of their budget was burned up in jet fuel, gas, lodging, etc. to fly to the Grand Canyon for a chintzy photo op.

scgas on July 20, 2012 at 4:27 PM

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

It all ready full.

old school on July 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

If you’re using Mozilla Firefox (or Waterfox for 64 bit), you can go to your add ons in your options, pull the add ons page up and enter ADBLOCK in the search bar. An app called ADBLOCK PLUS will come up and if you install it, all those ads will disappear. You won’t have to deal with them at all as long as you have ADBLOCK installed.

I click off the adblock toolbar, you can do that under ‘view’ ‘toolbars’, just uncheck it and the adblock toolbar disappears, too.

Chrome browser has a similar app, as does Opera browser.

Hope this helps.

thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM

As I remember from a few years ago, Yellowstone Park was $20 for a weekly car pass, $50 for an annual car pass. If I want to visit Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, its about $18/day/person — and let’s not even quote the cost of Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and other parks per person.

The least US parks can do is start charging per person or like many state parks (Wisconsin comes to mine) per day. People spend $100s if not $1000s of dollars to visit our national parks, they don’t have to be almost free. They have already remedied this with the Smithsonian and no complaints. So Salazar does have a revenue source if he wants to use it. (– and lets not even mention revenue potential from mineral rights)

KenInIL on July 20, 2012 at 4:32 PM

And his hat is big enough for him to take a dump in.

NJ Red on July 20, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I think you greatly underestimate the amount of fecal matter a bureaucrat like Mr. Salazar can produce on demand.

MessesWithTexas on July 20, 2012 at 3:51 PM

I estimate at least 40 Katie Courics.

RDH on July 20, 2012 at 4:37 PM

The federal government owns almost one-third of the surface area of the United States

How the hell did this happen? The only land the Feds should own is DC and navy bases…

affenhauer on July 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Salazar: GOP budget would be a “death knell” for conservation programs

OK. So?

Old Country Boy on July 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

How the hell did this happen? The only land the Feds should own is DC and navy bases…

affenhauer on July 20, 2012 at 4:42 PM

You can thank Teddy Roosevelt for starting the “save our lands” ball rolling. As if beautiful natural places can’t exist on private property.

hawksruleva on July 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

How the hell did this happen?

By eo seeing to it that NO one can drill/build(expect for selected foto’s to do so/get water to help farmers/ranchers on fed protected precious land that the greenies want protected?
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letget on July 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I’M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF THESE HALF AND FULL-SCREEN ADS MOLESTING MY COMPUTER SCREEN. AND I KNOW THAT IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Comodo Dragon (or just vanilla Chrome)
+ Ad Block Plus
+ Do Not Track Plus
= Winning

WeekendAtBernankes on July 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Sleazar is the death knell every time he speaks.

stukinIL4now on July 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Salazar: GOP budget would be a “death knell” for (Democrat) conservation programs

And the downside to gutting the Democrats’ progams is?

RJL on July 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

[FOR MY COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT SIDEBAR]

I’M GETTING REALLY TIRED OF THESE HALF AND FULL-SCREEN ADS MOLESTING MY COMPUTER SCREEN. AND I KNOW THAT IT’S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Stillwater,

I second Firefox w/ AdBlockerPlus. All problems go away

koaiko on July 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Everytime I see that idiot and that phony cowboy hat the back of my neck gets hot and my blood starts a boiling.Come on down here to the Central Calif. farmland you POS and show your face again.

jeffinsjvca on July 20, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Salazar is all hat and no cattle.

Ward Cleaver on July 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Stillwater,

I second Firefox w/ AdBlockerPlus. All problems go away

koaiko on July 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

AdBlock Plus works with Chrome, too.

Ward Cleaver on July 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Bombshell: Bureaucrats don’t always make for the best conservationists.

. . . . . . . . . . . . Erika Johnsen

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Nonsense.

Just look at great conservationist, President Theodore Roosevelt.

Oh, wait . . . . . . . . . . .
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listens2glenn on July 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Mr. Salazar: We The People are more concerned with “conserving PEOPLE,” than conserving wildlife, right now!

DixT on July 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

After the fires that outright sterilized a large chunk of Yellowstone Nat’l Park (due to a National Forest Service policy that had been in effect for almost a century) a few decades ago, can anyone suggest with a straight face that bureaucrats are the right people to head up a conservation program? If we had self-confident and smart conservative candidates, we’d have already seen a campaign ad on offense against the Watermelon-Greens. Look at the barren moonscape that resulted from their smug pretense of knowledge, and the discover exactly what leaving things to the self-described “best and brightest” leads to.

Blacksmith on July 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Maybe Salazar will have to quit with his cruel and inhumane wild horse round ups. running pregnant mares and foals in 100 degree plus weather with helicopers will Cattlemen( who want the grzing lands that were given to horses in the 70;s ) can find grazing somewhere else.

Bullhead on July 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM

letget on July 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM
thatsafactjack on July 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM
WeekendAtBernankes on July 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM
koaiko on July 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM
Ward Cleaver on July 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

All of your input has been greatly appreciated. TY for taking the time to respond. I don’t have Chrome or Firefox, et al., but this crap is clearly gonna get worse – so I’m gonna look into ‘em all, and figure something out.

Thanks again, y’all.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM