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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:28 PM

3. It is part of a scam to open Federal land to mining, oil and gas extraction.

The analysis they want to simplify usually shows environmental and community impacts that would preclude the extraction activities. In Montana, the same interests proposed regulations that would have increased lumbering activities and generated a very short term increase in lumber-related jobs and income by removing protections for research and wildlife study areas. The proposed harvesting activity would lead to the decimation of the outdoor recreation industry in Montana at the cost of 30 times the value of the short term profits from logging.

But the GOP likes a story so they tell one about how the regulations killed the logging and took jobs from all those unemployed loggers. The industry has moved on since the 1980s. There are several hundred times that number of jobs in outdoor Montana now which derive from the presence of the forests and wildlife.

The extraction industries want to mine in areas they've been kept out of. Areas they claim hold mineral wealth beyond counting. They don't want federal rules telling them they must not pollute rivers and streams with chemical waste or runoff or tailings as do the oil and gas industry. They also want to do this on Federal land because the rates paid for the minerals extracted are pennies to the ton.

Removing or simplifying the regulatory review process by bypasses the environmental law intended to protect those lands. Once again the GOP redefines ketchup as a vegetable to get around pesky regulations.

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