American politicians have always been obsessed with running government “like a business.” They promise to make bureaucracies leaner and let the free market fix all our problems.
Well, if America’s public lands were a business, shareholders would be shocked by the gross negligence of some of their top executives.
Every American citizen owns stock in 640 million acres of federal public lands. We hire public servants to manage our precious assets for maximum return. For decades, we’ve taken these sizable holdings for granted, assuming they’re in good hands.
But we’ve let the fossil fuel industry into the boardroom. We’re allowing gas and mining companies to boss around...