Why a Lifelong Republican is voting for Greg Hunter

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A Letter to the Editor by Babs Kruse of Riverton, WY
(Please share widely).

Greg Hunter is running against Liz Cheney for Wyoming’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their distinct differences give voters in this particular race a chance to make a real difference in the November 6 election.

In January 2017, newly elected U.S. Representative Liz Cheney voted in favor of legislation making it easier to transfer public land ownership to the sates, despite the fact that the majority of Wyomingites oppose such a transfer. Sportsmen and outdoor recreationists were particularly worried and upset: Nearly 50% of Wyoming is federally-owned public land, including national parks, wildlife refuges, national monuments, wilderness areas, BLM lands, and national forests. Wyoming cannot afford the high costs of managing these public lands, even in the absence of wildfires. If ownership is transferred to the state, Wyoming will be forced to auction them off to the highest bidder— which almost happened to the Antelope Flats parcel 1 ½ years ago. (Governor Mead and the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell signed a last-minute purchase agreement on December 12, 2016, just before the 12/31 16 deadline set by the Wyoming legislature.) The Snake River parcel had been sold to the Federal Government in 2012, saving both parcels from private ownership.

Greg Hunter firmly believes public lands should remain public!
On December 20,2017, Representative Cheney introduced HR 4697 in the U.S. House of Representatives; it is still pending. If passed, it will force the U.S. Forest Service to allow greatly increased numbers of days and heli-skiers in one of Wyoming’s 45 Wilderness Study Areas, and increase the snowmobiling, dirt-bike riding, helicopter skiing, etc., allowed in the other two Forest WSA’s. This bill was introduced without knowledge or input of the local Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) groups, who have been hard at work for 1 ½ years soliciting public input and using the collaborative process to reach a consensus on the best uses of their wilderness-quality lands; then they intend to make formal recommendations to Congress so that those lands can be removed from the limbo of WSA status. Representative Cheney has usurped their role in the decision-making process.

If you prefer their local bottom-up approach to Liz Cheney’s top-down approach, please vote for Greg Hunter in the November 6th election!

On June 13, 2018, Liz Cheney introduced HR 6087 to impose exorbitant fees penalizing protests against oil and gas projects on public lands, regardless of the projects’ impact on water quality, wildlife, world-record migration corridors, tourism, etc.
Greg Hunter is a staunch supporter of free speech and our right to disagree (civilly)! An experienced geologist and natural resources consultant to many federal agencies, he also believes in the importance of public lands and the need for a balanced energy approach: The world needs energy and the potential negative impacts of each source must be discussed and dealt with reasonably, scientifically, and fairly.

Less than 24 hours after a U.S. Judge’s ruling, on September 24, that returned grizzly bears in the lower 48 states to endangered species listing, Representative Cheney introduced the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, directing the Department of Interior to re-issue its delisting decision, while prohibiting any further judicial review of that decision. Whether one prefers the delisting or re-listing of the grizzlies, it is alarming that this bill would actually prohibit the U.S. Judicial system from considering the legality of a decision made by a federal agency. What about our 3 separate branches of government, as clearly established in the U.S. Constitution? Both of these pieces of legislation seek to deny our successful, time-honored system of checks and balances of power.

With over 30 years of experience in dealing with industries, agriculture, regulations, and other conflicting interests, Greg Hunter is well-suited for open, reasoned discussions of complicated issues, leading to workable nonpartisan solutions.

Greg Hunter “aced” the Political Courage Test with clear stances on key issues (https://votesmart.org (https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fvotesmart.org%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR02AHxNxBFe0BszyKqQ1NZGfxjUwmzufTxBimSG0sKXBjG6qL8f92xtl7k&h=AT13iKc3JuHlfLxuL6_21hiRwjCU9mDqLhRR9MYkl598q4jEGo6jN7K1tQ9wqCHbwxtY3MXxqLk8E9HLrUkd_LR1yB53P-kY_gpIMCvBu2v6JZRUDTlY7ic4gUJsSq-Kkqzx1KsuKBMM0sbdKfsQKcg-ZOHvgfe-WqCWuBtwocDPPbRqMg6OfrujpXxZQfZkN6FNmPy_O3SjK_cKZuDI-gu9CZRaMOpnWaQRRhsAWHgP5eBq4yVUGg_1SdRuLwd_a-q8XAHG-RldfhUYrt-7T_dG20XFIv44Vo3IIWBbrjMYimP0I5ASqOmqRLMJED81xgmHrk8b9OlJC7PwZk9CJWfou0XMa23Hxret…) ). In response to their final questions, he listed his 3 top priorities as universal health care, keeping public lands in public hands, and economic diversification (with gender equality).

For these and many other reasons, I urge you to join me— a life-long Republican— in voting for Greg Hunter to represent Wyoming in the U.S. House of Representatives. IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE…. FOR THE BETTER!!

-Babs Kruse