My idol, Robert Redford on Rachel Maddow (the show). Sign here to save Utah from Bush.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Nov 27, 2008
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Update via NY Times: Pressure brings (some) Good news!

Remember the RNC? “Drill Baby Drill!” was the rallying cry. Now the Bush Administration, behind the backs of their own National Park Service, just passed some shiite on…get this…Election Day, when we were all a little bit distracted. They’re rushing the ruling through, giving only a month before the public protest period runs out. That’s only a few weeks away.

So what do we do? Click here and sign.

On the other end of the spectrum (addiction vs. looking ahead) MSNBC lefty pundit Rachel Maddow pointed out: “Once it’s done, it’s done—you don’t get pristine back.”

My idol/father-figure/namesake of my half-hound all-love mutt, Robert Redford, was interviewed by Maddow last night. But first, an excerpt from Redford’s NRDC and Huffington Post article (which already has 538 comments to my 53, damn him and his looks and his fame and his gravitas).

Video at bottom. Redford:

Part of the change Americans just voted for in overwhelming numbers was to move away from the failed energy philosophy of “drill, baby, drill” to a more farsighted strategy, emphasized by Barack Obama, based on clean, renewable energy and efficiency. Yet on the very day that we raised our voices for change, the Bush administration dragged us in the opposite direction.

The Bureau of Land Management cynically chose November 4 to announce a last-minute plan to lease huge swaths of majestic wilderness in eastern Utah for oil and gas extraction one month before President-elect Obama takes office.

As its clock runs out, the Bush administration also is trying to open-up drilling all over the Rockies and Alaska, to green-light oil shale leasing, and to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Though sad, it’s no surprise, coming as it does from the same crowd that designed a misguided national energy policy in secret meetings with the oil, gas and coal industries.

The BLM didn’t just try to slip the audacious Utah lease maneuver past the American people on an historic election day, it actually hid the ball from its sister agency, the National Park Service, and…for the rest, click here.



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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