Saturday, April 19, 2014

The BLM is Kinda Like the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Bureau of Land Management, is kinda like the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They both pretty much make it up as they go along and congress periodically revisits their leases and control over the American people, to manipulate and control the best interests of those who stand to make the most money from the regulation and activities  of these agencies

 Some interesting conflicts are emerging concerning the BLM. As it concerns the Bureau of Land Management and its directives, there seem to be conflicts in both purpose and management. The following is excerpted from the Wikipedia link outlining the history of the BLM and demonstrating the irony of what this agency is supposed to be doing, versus what it is actually doing.

 "In 1946, the Grazing Service was merged with the General Land Office (a product of the country's territorial expansion and the federal government's nineteenth-century homesteading policies) to form the Bureau of Land Management within the Department of the Interior. When the BLM was initially created, there were over 2,000 unrelated and often conflicting laws for managing the public lands. The BLM had no unified legislative mandate until Congress enacted the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (FLPMA). In FLPMA, Congress recognized the value of the remaining public lands by declaring that these lands would remain in public ownership. Congress used the term "multiple use" management, defined as "management of the public lands and their various resource values so that they are utilized in the combination that will best meet the present and future needs of the American people."
 But there is also this interesting new wrinkle.

"In one of his last official acts of office, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has helped pave the way for his replacement, Ken Salazar, by authorizing the BLM to establish offices that will expedite renewable energy development on the National System of Public Lands. The new Renewable Energy Coordination Offices will expedite the permitting of wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal projects on BLM-managed lands, along with the electrical transmission facilities needed to deliver the energy from those projects to power-thirsty cities.[9] The offices will initially be located in the four states where companies have shown the greatest interest in renewable energy development: Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming. The new offices will also improve the BLM's coordination with state agencies and other federal agencies, including DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency."

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