Obama's got incentives to keep the West happy

Forget the parlor game about who President Barack Obama will pick as his Interior Secretary or other posts that have dramatic impacts on Idaho, like the Department of Energy.

Who he picks, while important, is not as critical as his agenda for the region beyond the 100th Meridian. During his first term Obama was largely conciliatory with western leaders.

His Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did not shove any major initiatives down the throat of western states. Western Republicans like Idaho Gov. Butch Otter protested loudly Salazar’s “wild lands” policy, which was aimed at managing roadless areas controlled by the Bureau of Land Management.

But Obama didn’t fight back when Congress put a hold on it because he wasn’t looking for a fight. Salazar aggressively pushed delisting of wolves from day one and did not oppose the bill that delisted them legislatively backed by Montana Sen. Jon Tester.

Without that bill, Tester would have lost to Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg. Tester’s election was more important politically to Obama than pleasing wildlife advocates.

That won’t change in the second term. For the first time Democrats appear to have a chance to make major gains across the West.

“They’re not going to do something to make a Jon Tester or a Harry Reid go crazy,” said Idaho Conservation League Executive Director Rick Johnson, who is in Washington for Obama’s inauguration.

Climate change will remain the major environmental issue on Obama’s plate. That means he will continue to push for renewable energy and efficiency programs while his Environmental Protection Agency places more pressure on utilities to replace dirty coal plants with natural gas or Green power.

There is clearly some partisan divide over the issue of combating climate change. But adapting to climate change, which few people deny is happening, is and should be bipartisan, said Trout Unlimited CEO Chris Wood.

“There is no constituency for erosion,” Wood said.

This won’t mean appropriating new money, but simply reprogramming the conservation money Interior and the Department of Agriculture are already spending, Wood said. It should mean high-paying jobs in rural communities cutting and thinning forests, closing abandoned roads and working on similar projects in deserts, plains and other federal lands.

“It’s almost irresponsible as a country we haven’t realized our communities need us to define ways to make them more resilient to the fires and the floods that threaten them,” Wood said.

The harder issue ahead for farmers, hunters and other westerners is private lands. Since 1985 farm bills have included billions of dollars for conservation programs like the conservation reserve program that paid farmers to rest their lands in grass instead of grow crops.

Up to 42 million acres of private land has been turned into habitat for ducks, upland birds and many other species of wildlife but that could be coming to an end because of major changes in government and the farm economy.

“This perfect storm of collapsing budgets and extraordinary commodity prices is destroying 30 years of conservation programs,” said Tom France, National Wildlife Federation regional director in Missoula, Mont.

It will take creative thinking to keep much of southern Idaho’s lush dryland farm country from turning into dirt, France said.

There will still be issues like sage grouse listing, power lines, salmon and grizzly bears.

These aren’t War on the West issues.

You sound confused

Comrade Rocky, perhaps the ethanol mandated to be included in gasoline and the subsidies for ethanol are at the heart of the problem (try to lay off the ethanol sold in 1/5 bottles as well Rocky). Perhaps you might consult with Comrade Bullwinkle and try to come up with a coherent thought rather than the stream of nonsense that you posted above.

ethanol

Ethanol would come under the high prices for commodities that was in the article. If you can keep your middle schoolish personal comments about the author to yourself, you wouldn't come across as being quite so ignorant.

It is no secret

That you love rocky almost as much as you love Obamunism and glow-ball warming. Try to lay off the sauce and maybe the ethanol prices will com down

go fetch a truck, dawg/

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Ethanol

I see little environmental support for the current ethanol mandate. Cap and Trade went nowhere. Libertarian economists tell me that if we want to reduce greenhouse gases a carbon tax with proceeds going to R&D makes most sense. They oppose incentives because it picks winners rather than rewards innovation.
What do you think about that Comrade fastsaluki?

Based on the sum

of your posts on (the myth of) man caused global warming, I think you are a true believer without the qualifications to comment intelligently and objectively on the topic. I think, based on your posts that you are little more than a hack whom rewrites press releases for a dying newspaper. Now take your stick and play some hockey with your idol, that other fraud, Hansen.

Ad hominem is your tool of discussion?

My qualifications speak for themselves. The scientific community and I did not jump to their conclusions on climate change. I know because I have covered the debate for 40 years and have interviewed or heard speak some of the top people on both sides of it.

Since you are reading my blog you recognize that I don't work for a dying newspaper but instead a multimedia company that has long ties to the Treasure Valley and Idaho.

So say you are wrong and Hansen is right. Would you consider it a moral responsibility for the world community to try and stop the expected effects if possible?

Is there not at least as strong of a moral responsibility to address climate change as our debt crisis if he is right?

You may consider me a hack but I sign my work with my real name and back up my reports with more than attacks. So who should people consider the most credible?

Rocky,

"The scientific community and I"? Do you even have a clue as to your lack of integrity in the application of your "journalistic skills"? The arrogance and lack of substance of your comments are laughable.

Find the discredited Dr Hansen's latest paper yourself. Here is the "essence" of it,
"Dr. James Hansen and Reto Ruedy of NASA GISS have written a paper (non peer reviewed) with a remarkable admission in it. It is titled Global Temperature Update Through 2012.

Here is the money quote, which pretty much ends the caterwauling from naysayers about global temperature being stalled for the last decade.

The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.

Gosh, I thought Hansen had claimed that “climate forcings” had overwhelmed natural variability?"

40 years eh? Now, why would anyone think after your above commenst that your character is no less in question than the fraud who fabricates his data and conspires in coverups, the discredited Dr Hansen?

Fast, I think you need to take this argument outside

or perhaps, to some venue where only viewers of Fox News or those who are paid by oil/gas/coal companies are allowed.

The vast majority of climate, hydrological, and earth scientists agree that global climate is changing, and on average, getting warmer at a rate that is abnormally rapid. They also agree, with some vocal and well-publicized dissent, that the burning of fossil fuels in massive quantities has a lot to do with it.

Sorry. Now, how about a little more civility in this forum?

Do you actually

believe yourself Blues? Or do you (based on your childish comment) think that science is religion? As for civility, who the (he double Hansen hockey sticks) do you think you are? Rocky Racoon Jr or member of the Vanguard class like your buddy (twin?) farang?

Abby Abbynormal

"getting warmer at a rate that is abnormally rapid"

So if this is an abnormal rate of increase.

What is the normal rate?

Don't be a putz, Dawg, you can't talk chewing a shoe.

I sleep in most of two days for well needed rest and find that I need a smaller belt for my waist...good, because a few need a spanking.

BACK DOWN

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Take your lithium

and go back to bed for another week.

You may have a memory disorder if you can't recall...

that I haven't taken that since I nearly died last July from lithium induced kidney failure, which I recovered from, internet free and with help of TVTV 98 at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center-Boise scant distance from the Statesman building.

If you should end up there and meet a CNA named Kelly, treat her nicely, she's been an angel the 15+ years I've known her and she helped me more than you would ever know to recover.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Apparently your pchychosis

is preferable to liver failure. Glad that you met your angel and learned to live with your incoherence. Hope you someday have the complete recovery you seek. You are quite amusing in any case, and I enjoy your comments.

I am the best incoherent socialist circus you got.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

I trust nothing that this President and current admin is

doing anywhere. The MSM reports nothing anymore. America will get what they deserve for complacency. And I have to live agmost the ignorant.

Gloria Estefan and her band have nothing to do with it.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

It must be painful,

living "agmost," the ignorant.

MMMM...spelling fetishes.

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I just skimmed it

But it looks like trolling for trolls. Looks like it works, too. Rock on Rocky.

The President has incentives to only ALL of America.

There are no special cookie plates if he throws Idaho a bone.

Or any singular state, period.

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dumb

Rock writes, "not as critical as his agenda for the region beyond the 100th Meridian"

Kinda depends on which direction one is looking, doesn't it?
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Rock writes, "Obama was largely conciliatory with western leaders."

"Western leaders"???
Like the leaders of Western Europe?

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Rock writes, "For the first time Democrats appear to have a chance to make major gains across the West."

Like what?
You certainly have not presented any "major gains" here. Instead you cite someone's opinion that major erosion is going to return to the Southern Idaho due to budget cuts.

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Rock writes, "42 million acres of private land has been turned into habitat for ducks..."

42 million????
What is the source for this?
I'll guess Rock takes this number from something else and applies to whatever he wants. For example, 42 million in conservation easements? And then he says "that could be coming to an end". Well no those acres won't be coming to an end- because of the rules regarding easements.
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"It will take creative thinking to keep much of southern Idaho’s lush dryland farm country from turning into dirt, France said."

This guy seems about as sharp as The Rock.

There is no evidence of Global Warming or any other scheme

offered by so-called 'latter' day scientists. Just follow the money.

Try to get a research grant with data that supports something else other than the paradigm.

Scientist follow money too. Global Warming and 'feel' good stuff is the trend of the day. Tomorrow, it will be something else.

Climate Change is a joke. The Climate has always changed. This cycle is no different than any other cycle of past 15,000 years. It is about more taxes to the workers that must travel.

Democrats are dumb. They are so-called anti-oil. Yet, their very funds relies on the health of the petro-dollar, which they are destroying on a daily basis. Keep printing dipsh*its.

I'm going to refute you before I flag you...

First of all, I've been a registered DEMOCRAT since the day I turned 18 and voted for a measure for TVCC (it PASSED).

I adored June Hartley, the late Malheur County Republican Party chairperson and she was good friends with the Democrat running for State Senate in '84 until the day she died. I would love to shake Denny Jones' hand and thank him if he's still alive too.

Latter day scientists, or Baptist ones, have to figure out the stuff God threw out there, and 'God' is whatever caused all of this to happen, whether you believe or DON'T.

You keep saying you knew me at TVCC. Who the crap are you then? I probably have nothing against you from real life but you drive me bat guano sometimes here. CHILL!

I'm still debating the flagging but honestly, let the paper breathe before they go out of business and leave all of us with little or no voice.

I finally found how to subscribe in a manner I might afford now but I'm out of meat and my February budget is getting tight. I wanted to sell a stereo system with a rack cabinet for Christmas but had too many other things on the plate to finish...I almost died on Curtis and suppose that one that won't fit in St. Al's will go soon.

I'll never meet Michael Nesmith either, for crying out loud :(

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

FO....Most papers are in trouble. It is the economy and it is

the signs of the times. I am not anti-democrat, just wish they would criticize their own party once in a while. Tired of the same old mantra, and yes I will respond once in awhile. That does not mean I dislike the author or journalist.

On TVCC. We went thru that many times. I doubt we know each other personally since we are about 4 years apart, but I was in Ontario area 1983-1986, inbetween my Idaho years, and went to TVCC full time 1981-1982. We probably had some similar friends in that you knew many things and events that I was talking about, such as the teacher that died in plane crash.

Also, you knew too much about the computer cla$$ with the TRS-80 that was taught only 2-3 times. I took the cla$$ with a friend that was heading to Micron later that year. There was only about 6-7 students in that cla$$.

Blogs are about getting your opinion out. It is about other's opinions too. To me, Global Warming is a joke in that it needs $Billions for studies and that carbon taxes and mileage taxes will fix it. That is why I say Democrats are dumb (as a hyperbole). They attack the very petro-dollar that they need to keep their excessive $1T deficits and money printings afloat. Do they have a backup plan? If you look past in time, this cycle is no different than others.

PS. I vote for most school bonds myself, as do many conservatives. My viewpoints are more of a conservative-libertarian.

That was in Nyssa and they had them by 1978-9.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.