Energy Security Must Include Reliable Power

The Oba­ma — EPA  plan ensures that black­outs will be in our future. Unlike pop­u­la­tions in most oth­er parts of the world, we Amer­i­cans take vital ben­e­fits of depend­able elec­tric­i­ty for grant­ed. We sim­ply plug into an out­let or flip on a switch and ful­ly expect that our lights will go on, our com­put­ers will […]

Will A Four-Decade Old Law Limit Obama’s Land Powers?

A “Sage­brush Rebel­lion” like the one that pro­pelled Ronald Rea­gan (“Count me in as a [sage­brush] rebel.”) into the Oval Office is mak­ing nation­al news because Pres­i­dent Oba­ma gov­erns like Pres­i­dent Carter.  Obama’s Inte­ri­or Sec­re­tary, for exam­ple, threat­ens more uni­lat­er­al land lock­up decrees if west­ern­ers do not embrace leg­is­la­tion putting vast areas off-lim­its to “mul­ti­ple […]

Here We Stand, At The Twilight’s Last Gleaming: “All Private Property Rights In The U.S. To Be Strategically Usurped”

Here We Stand, At The Twilight’s Last Gleam­ing” These words are writ­ten past the mid­night hour and I remem­ber back to March 23, 2010 when Oba­macare was signed into law at the 11th hour.  I remem­ber it well; I was up almost all night, as it was around 11 pm that it was fin­ished.  Nev­er […]

Oyster Farmer: ‘We Are Terrified’ Of The Government

Drakes Bay Oys­ter Com­pa­ny oper­at­ed in Point Reyes for decades until Nation­al Park Ser­vice offi­cials used fal­si­fied data to force Kevin Lunny’s fam­i­­ly-run oys­ter farm to shut down. The expe­ri­ence has left its mark on Lun­ny: “We are ter­ri­fied,” he told law­mak­ers dur­ing a hear­ing Thurs­day. “Let me be clear, we did not fail as […]

Attorney Calls Easements A ‘Government Land Grab’

In recent years, con­ser­va­tion easements—agreements between landown­ers and non­prof­it organizations—have gained pop­u­lar­i­ty as a way to pro­tect wildlife, pro­vide var­i­ous kinds of tax exemp­tions as well as pre­vent land and min­er­al devel­op­ment with an eye toward per­ma­nent preser­va­tion. At the same time, there has been con­cerns these ease­ments have caused ero­sion of local tax bases […]

Tribes Make Call For Water — Water Shutoffs Could Begin As Early As Next Week

FA Note — This action by the Kla­math Tribes, under author­i­ty of the Upper Kla­math Basin Com­pre­hen­sive Agree­ment (UKBCA), high­lights what is like­ly in Montanan’s future, via the Con­sol­i­dat­ed Sal­ish and Koote­nai Tribes water com­pact signed into law last week.   Water shut­offs could begin as ear­ly as next week. Since Mon­day, water calls have […]

Armed Oregon Protesters Gather at Bureau of Land Management Office Over Mine Dispute, Report Says

FA Note — Courts have long rec­og­nized the Act of July 26, 1866, and May 10, 1872 as amend­ed, where­by Con­gress abdi­cat­ed its author­i­ty and juris­dic­tion over the min­er­al estate, grant­i­ng it as an absolute gift with­out con­di­tion or lim­i­ta­tion to all cit­i­zens. More than 100 demon­stra­tors, some of them armed, report­ed­ly sur­round­ed the Bureau […]

Floodplain Executive Order: Latest Obama Power Grab

Anoth­er ille­gal action unlike­ly to be chal­lenged in court? Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans liv­ing and work­ing in flood­plains and oth­er low-lying areas are at acute risk of being inun­dat­ed – not by ris­ing water, but by a tidal wave of fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions – cour­tesy of the Oba­ma Admin­is­tra­tion. With pub­lic atten­tion riv­et­ed on the chaot­ic devel­op­ments […]