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Opinion

November 20, 2013

How our government ruins commerce

The Rim Fire that charred a quarter million acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park contains an estimated one billion board feet of salvageable dead trees enough to build 63,000 homes.

Once, the logging of this timber was a way for lumber companies to almost automatically provide work for its employees, it now faces hurdles created by environmental groups the government rules and the anti-logging John Muir Project.

This problem is that logging companies have a two year time limit to get at these logs before insect damage and the timbers become useless.

Representative Tom McClintock introduced legislation to waive regulations so salvage logging could begin but this is being held up by government and anti-fogging groups.

It’s what happens when you have a government with too many rules and regulations that halt and hinder “free enterprise” the heart and soul of capitalism, by a government too large, to progressive, to socialist to become efficient.

We have in our nation the Native Indian population who are the poorest citizens of our country. Here is how they are treated by the progressives who claim to work for the poor.

Out in the Midwest on Indian reservations sit deposits of oil, natural gas and coal plus uranium with an estimated value of $1.5 trillion that could be used to eliminate much of the Indian poverty.

On the Crow Reservation in Montana sits one of the largest coal reserves in the nation, 9 billion tons of clean coal that could be used in the U.S. plants or exported.

EPA rules and regulations hinder the progress that Indian tribes need to get their people a better standard of living like the rest of the nation’s citizens.

In the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has stopped development on Indian reservation lands. Outside the reservation, located within Bakken Shale oil boom area, companies have only “4 steps” to get a license to drill; it takes “40 steps” at four federal agencies to drill on tribal lands.

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