The Prussian “Iron Chancellor” Otto Von Bismarck is often credited with the saying: “To retain respect for sausages and laws, one must not watch them in the making.”
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) recently introduced legislation to speed forest clearcutting and thinning projects in the Forest Service’s Northern Region.
The “Protect Collaboration for Healthier Forests Act” would adopt a regional approach to disputes over forest management projects that Daines has sought to implement nationally. According to Sen. Daines, “fringe litigators — radical environmental extremists — sue to stop commonsense collaborative forest management projects that would reduce the risk of wildfire.”
Not to be outdone, The Elk Foundation’s president and chief executive officer, David Allen added his own rant against “unmanaged” forests: “One of the main reasons forests remain unmanaged and susceptible to insects, disease and wildfire is the staggering number of lawsuits filed by organizations seeking to stop all management — despite the damage done to forest resources, wildlife and communities,”
Similar legislation, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act,” H.R. 2936, proposed by Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), would limit the fundamental American principle of citizen access to courts.
Oh, but there’s more. Another uber-logging bill, “The Wildfire Prevention and Mitigation Act of 2017,” the illegitimate offspring of timber-industry lobbyists, Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. John Barrasso, (R-WY) was the subject of a recent Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing in Washington, D.C.
This gaggle of proposed anti-forest laws is 21st-Century virtual “sausage” with no substance, fabricated to deceive for one purpose, and one purpose only: maximum corporate profit. Don’t avert your eyes, instead, reach for the reading glasses to understand the bill’s malintent. Daines and this cohort of intellectually and morally disabled souls believes clear-cut logging and forest-thinning will reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
Since the 1988 “Yellowstone Fires,” wildfire and the fear of wildfire has been a beard for industrial-strength destruction of America’s forests. Corporate propaganda surrounds us like water engulfs fish. Clearcutting has increased dramatically in recent years.
Every new clearcut is linked to a sawmill by bulldozing a new road deeper and deeper into the primeval forest. The objective is to kill the last, best (old growth) trees for a few shekels. U.S. Forest Service logging targets have steadily increased. Hand and glove, so too have subsidies and industry profits. Neoliberal, pseudo-conservatives Daines and Barrosso believe no physical or legal limits should restrain corporate looters’ relentless attacks against Mother Nature.
Sausage, however, may not be the best analogy to describe this multi-purpose Act against nature. I’m thinking minestrone. Minestrone is a full-bodied Italian soup made with vegetables, featuring whatever vegetables are in season.
Here’s some of what’s “in season” for this pot of congressional soup:
- The bill would set up, as a pilot project, binding arbitration as an alternative to litigation, in an effort to accelerate such projects.
- Reduce citizen enforcement of federal environmental laws (deregulation).
- Create (legal loopholes) categorical exclusions for misguided sage grouse and mule deer projects.
- Create a five-year pilot program to deny judicial review to plaintiffs.
- Specifically overturns a 9th Circuit Court precedent.
- The so-called national “forest health crisis” is one giant fraud. It’s all about money.
“We need forest management reform now to reduce the severity and intensity of wildfires and create more good-paying jobs,” said Senator Daines. More bad acting and “fake news” from the Washington Idiocracy. Clearly, Daines has pedigree, net worth in the millions of dollars, title and extreme privilege. All that superficial persona and status cannot mask his intended role to feign general ignorance and arrogance about nature, or his abnormal loathing for one of God’s most sacred gifts to humanity. So, what is Real, forests or Senator Steve Daines? Only one is truth, the other is false.
Government has never created a forest, not one. For over 100 years government has permitted and licensed corporations to monetize and destroy priceless, living beings (forest ecosystems) and all life that depend on forests to persist. As a powerful corporate-government agent, Senator Daines commits unspeakable crimes against nature and violates Natural Law – the foundation of all (common law) man-made law – by under valuing forests in only money (mammon) and ignoring the key role fires play in keeping forests on the landscape – doing what forests have been doing for millennia. Fires are not bad. The problem is people and money, not forests or wildfires.
Moreover, to imply a need to build yet more logging roads in national forests is absurd. Only 4% of the U.S. timber supply comes from public lands, and only 6% of that could potentially come from un-roaded, native forest areas – less than ¼ of 1 percent of U.S. timber supply.
Finally, consider this: All public-land logging is uneconomical.
A good lawmaker, like a good chef, should always taste the minestrone before serving it to honored quests. If it’s made with love, charity and good intent it will likely be something Nature can support in perpetuity. If not, it defiles Nature, enhancing the matrix-system that has already begun our descent down, into madness and permanent slavery. There is a right path and a wrong one. It’s time for each of us to choose, before we lose our ability to even contemplate choice.