About a year ago, president Trump shrank two national monuments in Utah by nearly 2 million acres with the simple stroke of a pen. As he stood before the crowd in Salt Lake City, Trump said he was taking power away from “very distant bureaucrats.”
But who was he giving power to?
If the land was indeed public, why did it appear as though the public opinion was ignored?
How does this public land leasing system work?
Is the system equitable or is it a fixed game?
Today, activist and Patagonia ambassador Luke Nelson joins me as we ask Chase Huntley of the Wilderness Society these questions and more. We wanted to do a deep dive on how we’ve gotten to this place, and if there is any hope that we can still serve to preserve our public space.
As Energy & Climate Program Director, for the Wilderness Society in Washington DC, Chase works with staff in the public policy and public lands departments to develop and evaluate policy options for sustainably managing energy production on the nation’s public lands in the face of global warming. Chase has significant policy analysis experience, including more than six years’ service at the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, evaluating the stewardship of public resources and the implementation of natural resource law and regulation. He holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Michigan with a focus on resource policy and ecosystem management, and a BA from Claremont McKenna College in Government and Philosophy. Most importantly he’s a kind guy with a brilliant mind and was a true pleasure to connect with again.
Theme Music: Broke for Free, “Night Owl”
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Background Music: Evan Phillips
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