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Babbitt Calls Out Obama on Wilderness

Bruce Babbitt, Bill Clinton's Interior Secretary for eight years, gave a speech  attacking the current GOP Congress for its anti-environmental jihad.  That's not news.

But he also told the Obama administration it wasn't doing enough to protect western wildlands, and laid out a blueprint for positive steps the president could take to be an environmental champion.  That's news.  And it's welcome news.

Obama did take one great step for wilderness in signing an omnibus wilderness bill way back in March of 2009, in his first few months in office.  Interior, however, has recently flip-flopped on wilderness policy at the Bureau of Land Management.  Babbitt's critique is well-deserved, and his call to action is one the president should heed. 

Here's hoping someone in the current administration is listening.

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