Make No Mistake: Obama’s ‘Great Outdoors Initiative’ Is Anything But Green

By now, most of you have probably heard about President Obama’s “Great Outdoors Initiative.” On the surface, the program seems to be a positive investment in park revitalization, habitat conservation and historical-site preservation — you know, “green” stuff. But, of course, things aren’t always what they seem.

In fact, Sarah Palin and her Tea Party minions would probably squealing with excitement at the president’s new initiative — that is, if it weren’t proposed by the Obama administration and it did not contain the word “conservation” within its description.

“Sarah Palin herself could have conceivably proposed this same plan.”

According to a statement from the Department of the Interior, the principal goal of the new initiative is to “reconnect Americans, especially young people, with the lands and waters that are used for farming and ranching, hunting and fishing, and for families to spend quality time together.”

Last I checked, hunting and fishing were not top pastimes of environmentalists and conservationists. In fact, Sarah Palin herself could have conceivably proposed this same plan.

This initiative is yet another well-intentioned but essentially meaningless goal put forth by the Obama administration seemingly attempting to save the world — literally. To the president’s credit, at least he is making an attempt to be green. But if his goal is to actually conserve the planet and not to initiate a snazzy PR campaign, he’s got a lot of work to do.


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