The Associated Press reported this week that the Western Conference of Attorneys General has issued an analysis rejecting claims made by leading proponents of a public lands takeover scheme who were claiming, laughably, that the U.S. government has no right to hold national forests, wildlife refuges, national monuments, and other public lands in trust for all Americans.
Utah is currently in the process of planning a $14 million dollar lawsuit against the U.S. government for control over public lands. No other Western states have joined Utah in pouring their money down the toilet. This new analysis by the mostly republican AGs in the very states Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder (who leads the public land takeover movement) has been targeting, throws cold water on any remaining delusions that this nonsense would fly. Fielder had been telling us the exact opposite, that Utah could succeed.
By a vote of 11 to 1, the bipartisan group of Western Attorneys General adopted the analysis undermining Utah’s legal case. The AP got the analysis through a public records request. There were seven Republican attorneys general, three Democrats and one independent, including AGs from Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, Utah (hilariously), Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. They voted 11-1 (Nevada was the lone dissenter) to approve the report at their annual meeting in Idaho this summer, but the AP wasn’t able to get the report until now.