Rural America has been a thorn in the side of Democrats since the Electoral College put Trump in office in 2016. But they have a plan. Tucked away in Biden’s executive order on climate change is something known as the 30 x 30 plan – to make the Federal lands grow by 30% before 2030.
The Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Commerce, the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, and the heads of other relevant agencies, shall submit a report to the Task Force within 90 days of the date of this order recommending steps that the United States should take, working with State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments, agricultural and forest landowners, fishermen, and other key stakeholders, to achieve the goal of conserving at least 30 percent of our lands and waters by 2030.
Climate Change document (30 x 30 plan). February 2021
The Governors of 15 states are extremely concerned as to what Biden means when the document says “conserving at least 30% of our lands and waters.” Rural America wants to know how Biden plans to implement this idea, whether he plans to take land belonging to states and/or private owners or how he plans to regulate such land and water.
While all sides seem to support taking care of nature, subjecting nearly a third of America to federal conservation rules is hardly what many state and local officials have in mind.
Pete Ricketts, governor of the heavily agricultural state of Nebraska, was among the first to raise questions about the plan.
The administration considers about 12 percent of American land and water to be currently in conservation. If that’s to become 30 percent, a chunk of land roughly the size of Nebraska would have to be added every year for nine years, Ricketts pointed out.
“What we’ve asked from the administration is for more information, because their math doesn’t work,” he said on June 24, announcing an executive order opposing the “30 x 30” plan.
“Either they’re going to fail to get to 30 percent, or they’re not telling us something else about how they’re going to get to 30 percent.” …
Ricketts and 14 other governors sent a letter to the administration in April with a request for more details on the plan. They pointed out that the federal government has no authority to unilaterally take land for conservation.
“We are deeply concerned about any effort to enlarge the federal estate or further restrict the use of public lands in our states,” they said.
Realization of the plan would be “infringing on the private property rights of our citizens and significantly harming our economies,” the letter says.
Governor Ricketts urged the residents of his state to “read the fine print” if the Federal government offers them anything regarding their land. One farmer in Banner County declined to sign an agreement with the Conservation Reserve Program because in the fine print, it mentioned that he would have to protect the habitat of the “Swift Fox.” The farmer had never seen such a creature on his land all the years he owned it, so he declined to sign it.
“I don’t believe that the federal government is going to try to come out and just take land, through eminent domain, for example. I believe the way they’re going to try and cover these goals is by creating more ways that they can regulate you and take your private property rights away.”
Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts
Take heed, Rural America, things could get a lot rougher very soon.
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