October 23, 2012
Bloomberg reported yesterday that Arizona wants to reclaim the Grand Canyon from the federal government and open 25 million acres to grazing, logging and mining. Utah has made similar demands. “It amounts to a ‘partial secession,’ said Paul Bender, a constitutional law professor at Arizona State University. ‘If you want to start a war, this is the way. … if people go to the Grand Canyon and find a uranium mine there, they are going to be very upset.’” I gotta admit, I’m glad there was no noise, dust or sediment from active mining when I rafted down the river through that gorgeous canyon a few years ago. Bloomberg says the states’ actions are similar to the Sagebrush Rebellion over restricted use of public land. That happened in—you guessed it—the bear-market 1970s. Click here to read more.
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