The American West at Risk: Science, Myths and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery
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Knowledgeable Government scientists are a public resource, not bureaucratic property.
- Tom Devine, Government Accountability Project

Simply stated, short of a crime, anything goes at the highest levels of the Department of the Interior.
- Earl Devaney, Interior Department Inspector General, September 2006

...[T]hat limber reed that supple straw that trembling twig the U.S. Department of the Interior.
- Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang, pp. 138-139

When the Geological Survey has the lead in preparing environmental statements, inflammatory words such as disturbed, devastated, defiled, ravaged, gouged, scarred, and destroyed should not be used. These are the words used by the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth, environmentalists, homosexuals, ecologists and other ideological eunuchs opposed to developing mineral resources.
- Andrew Bailey, Chief, Branch of Mining Operations, Memo to Staff, U.S. Geological Survey, October 8, 1976

Environmental regulation should be depicted as an incredible intervention in the operation of society.
- John D. Graham, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget George W. Bush Administration [Statement made in a speech at the Heritage Foundation, 1996]

We are not going to close those parks that create revenue. We are only going to close those where people come out to look at nature.
- Milton Marks, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation

There are some monuments where the land is so widespread...the precious part, so to speak, will not be despoiled. It depends on the cost-benefit ratio.
- President George W. Bush, Summer, 2001 from "Green Elephant," Eye On Washington, v. 5, 2001

Failure to know our potential, to inventory our resources, intentionally forbidding proper access to needed resources, limits this nation, dooms us to shortages and damages our right as a people to dream heroic dreams.
- James G. Watt, Secretary of the Interior, address to Congress

The handling of [chromium workplace cancer studies] raise troubling questions about the ability of the government to effectively issue rules protecting public health when studies are conducted, controlled, and selectively the regulated industry.
- David Michaels, Environmental Health 2006


The American West at Risk: Science, Myths and Politics of Land Abuse and Recovery

The American West At Risk summarizes the dominant human-generated environmental challenges in the 11 contiguous arid western United States - America's legendary, even mythical, frontier.

It now faces depletion of many of these resources, and potentially serious threats to its few "renewable" resources.

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Dr. Howard G. Wilshire, Geologist; Dr. Jane E. Nielson, Geologist; Richard W. Hazlett, Geologist

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