Sunday, August 14, 2005

Wyoming shouldn't let Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) have it both ways.

Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) should be held accountable for her complete disregard for the ranchers and farmers of the great state of Wyoming. Cubin is clearly more interested in corporate interests than she is interested in the family farms and ranchers of Wyoming.

Rep. Cubin voted against an amendment to the House energy bill, the one she touts as 'great' for the people of Wyoming, that would of protected the property rights of Wyoming ranchers and farmers. The Udall amendment would of required mutual agreements between the surface owners and the drilling companies prior to drilling. This would have provided the surface land owners with more control over what happens on the surface land, which they own. But rather than "watching out for the Wyoming rancher", Rep. Cubin has basically stripped them of their property rights. Ironically, in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain, Rep. Cubin stated on her website:

"The government should be protecting private property rights, not threatening them…The can of worms this decision opens is outrageous," she continued. "Any of our homes could now be taken by local governments and turned over to corporate developers under the cover of 'economic growth.' Congress has the ability to address this matter with legislation, and that is an avenue we must consider in the wake of this decision."

If I may point out – Congress has HAD the opportunity to address this matter with legislation and Rep. Cubin, you sided not with the private property owners but voted to turn property owner lands over to corporate developers under the cover of 'economic growth'. Well done Representative, well done.

Too bad a rancher can't have it both ways as well. Wyoming residents should demand an explanation.


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