Bishop: New budget deal puts big crimp in Salazar's 'Wild Lands' order 

Say what you will about the rest of the Friday budget deal negotiated by House Speaker John Boehner with President Obama and congressional Democrats, but Rep. Rob Bishop, R-UT, sees one very bright silver lining in it - It puts a road block in the way of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's attempt to create new environmental law via regulatory fiat.

That would be Salazar's order 3310, otherwise known as his "Wild Lands" designation. The Wild Lands desigation would remove millions of acres of public lands, mostly in the Western states, from any possibility of development for enery or other purposes, without an act of Congress.

Oh, how this democracy thing can be so inefficient and inconvenient when you are trying to save the Earth!

Here's what Bishop likes about the budget deal:

“Implementation of the Secretarial Order would take hard-earned taxpayer dollars and put them toward a policy that would lock up millions of acres of public lands and destroy thousands of jobs," Bishop said.

"The creation of new de-facto wilderness throughout the West would be severely detrimental to state and local economies and create a paralyzing uncertainty for western communities," he said.

"Since the time it was announced, elected officials throughout the West recognized it was essential that this proposal be halted in its tracks. With the passage of this CR, we do just that,” said Bishop.

“The provision to defund Wild Lands is a victory for Utah and all public lands states. I thank my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee, including Rep. Mike Simpson, for recognizing that funding the Wild Lands policy would be a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars and government resources,” Bishop added.

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