Denver Post has a story about a shift in conservative opinionaters about plans to sell public lands.
"There is a political shift going on here," Kemmis (Center for the Rocky Mountain West) said. The old Western inclination toward turning public land over to mining and other industries in the name of jobs, he added, has given way to a respect for pristine landscapes and a tourism-based economy. "Livability and environmental factors have become bigger economic drivers than any kind of resource extraction," he said.
I so wish this was true. But I think it's easier than that.
Western history scholar Patricia Nelson Limerick (Center of the American West) ... sees the widespread opposition to the new selloff plans as a sign of change in the West. ... Republican management of public land has eased conservatives' resentment over federal control. The Bush administration, she said, has consulted more with local officials and promoted development on public lands, such as energy drilling.
Reminding us of an apt old adage about the cow and her free milk. Coco