25 May '11, 11pm

Extricating Wilderness From Political Limbo: A group of 44 mostly Democratic members of Congress ask President O...

Extricating Wilderness From Political Limbo: A group of 44 mostly Democratic members of Congress ask President O...

Courtesy of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Labyrinth Canyon in Utah, for which conservationists seek federal wilderness protections. “In wildness is the preservation of the world” — Henry David Thoreau “This decision will seriously hinder domestic energy development and further contributes to the uncertainty and economic distress that continues to prevent the creation of new jobs.” — Representative Rob Bishop, Republican of Utah, speaking of the Obama administration’s wild lands policy. The spiritual need for wilderness has been voiced with passion and simplicity by writers from Thoreau to Wallace Stegner. The economic need for both energy and jobs has been voiced less eloquently but with no less passion by people as diverse as union leaders and industry chiefs, with a lot of politicians in between. Federal wilderness policy has ricocheted between those two camps for de...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/25/extricating-wil...

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