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Biden “30 by 30” plan an attack on states’ rights and private property rights

Biden’s “30 By 30 Plan” – a Slap at American Private Property Rights

Opinion by Karen Budd-Falen

All of rural America and anyone who believes that local control of resources and that the American farmer and rancher is the backbone of this country should be alarmed at the notion that only the federal government, owning land in its “natural state,” can combat climate change and the loss of biodiversity.  I think we are in for a fight to protect American agriculture and our rural way of life.

No matter how far agriculture has come in showcasing our environmental stewardship; no matter how many times agriculturists explain that we are feeding, clothing, and providing energy to the citizens of the world; no matter how loud we shout that we have more incentive than anyone in protecting the health and resiliency of our private and federally permitted land because we can only sustain a ranch or farm by caring for the environment, agriculture is still condemned by those with no knowledge of agriculture. A prime example is Biden’s 30 X 30 Plan.  (Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, January 27, 2021). 

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While there are a lot of things in the Executive Order that give me concern, the thing that hurts the most is the thought that the ownership and use of private property and the multiple use of federal land (in Biden’s view) is antithetical to protecting the world from climate change and preserving biodiversity.  Revealingly, under the Executive Order, for the Biden administration, the solution to global climate change is for the federal government to (1) acquire more private land to take it out of production and (2) eliminate all use on federal land— to the tune of a total federal control of an additional 440 million acres of land or oceans in the U. S. by 2030. This is shocking in its scope. To break it down, under the Executive Order and documents published by the Department of the Interior, the Biden Administration believes that only 12% of the approximately 563 million acres of federal land in the United States is managed for “the preservation of biodiversity” thus additional uses have to be eliminated to ensure this land is managed in its “natural state.”  Then the Biden plan is to acquire an additional 440 million acres by 2030.  That amounts to more land than twice the size of Texas. 

The question now is how will the federal government acquire an additional 440 million acres of private land and eliminate more uses of federal lands that already contain many restrictions?  Condemnation and “strong-arming” will likely be the answer. 

Shockingly, that Order claimed that allowing local governments to have a voice in land acquisition directly impacting their counties “undermined” the program. 

Even though it won’t make the nightly news, federal agencies are already implementing this “Biden vision.”  On February 11, 2021, the Acting Secretary of the Interior signed an Order eliminating the Trump Administration’s requirement for State and local government approval prior to the federal government’s acquisition of more private lands with moneys from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Shockingly, that Order claimed that allowing local governments to have a voice in land acquisition directly impacting their counties “undermined” the program.  While LWCF moneys are touted as being used to “secure public access and improve recreational opportunities,” the money can also be used to acquire private lands into federal ownership. Because no property taxes are paid when land is owned by the federal government and since there will be no jobs associated when the newly acquired land is left in its “natural state,” the acquisition of these lands and the elimination of more uses from the federal lands will absolutely harm the local tax base and employment opportunities that supports rural schools, roads, and other necessary services.  With the passage of the Great Americans Outdoor Act in 2020, Congress already will make $900 million a year available for the LWCF, but they will need billions more to achieve this radical acquisition goal.

All of rural America and anyone who believes that local control of resources and that the American farmer and rancher is the backbone of this country should be alarmed at the notion that only the federal government, owning land in its “natural state,” can combat climate change and the loss of biodiversity.  I think we are in for a fight to protect American agriculture and our rural way of life.

Reposted with permission of the author

3 thoughts on “Biden “30 by 30” plan an attack on states’ rights and private property rights

  1. The USA govt needs to lotto off several parcels of land weekly.

    The lotto value per acre can be set at 100,s of thousands per acre… I suggest 100,000 per acre for openers.

    Some parcels BTW are worth Millions per acre. Minerals and water go with the land.

    The afore will pay the govt debt And create lots of economic action. Including a 2ndary land market to buy trade and sell winners parcels as needed.

    Heck if this govt would lotto off 10 million acres per year for 50 years the govt still has 700 million acres left.

    Right now the govt keeps acquiring and they they have bout 1.2 Billion acres.

  2. Ranchers will then be paid to not farm, but manage the land in a different way. As long as they are compensated correctly for the future protection of the said land, then I do not see a problem. As we all have to make changes all over the world, if we want this planet to survive for the next generation and beyond. Land stewards will be the new normal and will be the replacement for farming the land.

    1. I enrolled 410,000 acres in the climate exchange… Under Bush Jr. They never paid. Interestingly the Chicago climate exchange was funded by the taxpayers to buy pollution offsets to supposedly offset govt caused greenhouse gas. Another 400 $million. LoL..

      The chicago board of trade connected pocketed the dough. MO.

      Irregardless on agriculture carbon sequestration… The land basically sequesters carbon naturally.

      So man and govt can go ahead and think they’re offsetting carbon… But as mentioned Agri offsets carbon Naturally.

      I guess moving money around with the guise of doing something sounds warm and fuzzy.

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