Editorial, 6/20: Biden’s ’30×30 plan’ is not a land grab, would be good for Nebraska | Editorial

By on June 20, 2021 0

The North Platte River dominates the valley, offering the perfect view here from the banks of the North Platte River and Riverside Park in Scotts Bluff County.


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Gov. Pete Ricketts has taken his show on the road in recent weeks, touring all corners of the state with town halls explicitly opposing President Joe Biden’s suggestion to protect 30% of US waters and lands.

“This fight is now in our own backyard,” Ricketts recently told a crowd at the Clay Center. “We are on the front line. We are in the trenches.

What battle did Nebraska become Ground Zero for? The idea of ​​taking care of natural resources is a positive idea that should transcend artificial political boundaries.

Biden’s proposal – which Ricketts is right on will certainly require more flesh on his rather thin skeleton – is not about violating private property rights. It’s a reminder of the days of a more cooperative America, where people of all ideologies worked for the common good.

In this case, it’s about fighting climate change to create a better future.

The president’s speech is an entirely voluntary plan – which builds on the legacy of conservation efforts already made by farmers and landowners in Nebraska without grabbing an inch of private property – that seeks to achieve a laudable goal despite the being obscured by disinformation.

Starting the conversation, as a federal report last month said the president is trying to do, is a far cry from the top-down, one-off governance we would criticize in this space. Plus, it would require the overbreadth that Ricketts is battling in the first place.

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