The President’s climate executive order takes the wrong approach. Instead of supporting our people who live on the land, own it, and understand it, the 30 x 30 program is poised to take a top-down federal government approach. In the coming weeks, I encourage Nebraskans to be on the lookout in their community for potential federal interventions or other attempts to make land less available. Over the years, environmental groups have purchased land and transferred it to federal agencies. Others may try to use perpetual easements to limit land use or to bar livestock production. President Biden may decide to use federal agencies to exert more control over existing public lands, or to expand current restrictions.
Whatever form it takes, the 30 x 30 plan is likely to diminish our freedoms and hamstring growth in Nebraska. That’s why we must work together to stop it. When the federal government encroached on our rights in the past, we successfully fought back. In 2015, the State of Nebraska sued the Obama Administration when it overstepped its legal authority by issuing the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The WOTUS rule had needlessly burdened states with regulations, while unconstitutionally extending the federal government’s power to regulate private lands. We won in court on that issue, and we’re prepared to fight against any new federal restrictions that infringe on property rights in Nebraska.
If you want more information about how the president’s climate policy will affect Nebraska, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-471-2244. I’ve made it clear to President Biden that our State will resist any attempt to implement the 30 x 30 program in Nebraska. We won’t let the federal government change our way of life. We will continue to support our farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and homeowners who have responsibly exercised their property rights and cared for our natural resources for many generations.
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