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Dalrymple Logic: Use Up All Natural Resources Now PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   
Friday, 03 February 2012 09:44


Lance Gaebe is Governor Dalrymple's trusted land guy.  He is Dalrymple's "Commissioner of North Dakota State Land."  He said something this week that I just can't get out of my head.

Gaebe said it is his job to manage state-owned lands for the exclusive benefit of the educational trust, where revenues from leasing, royalties and grazing are deposited and disbursed for public schools and universities.

"We recognize other needs and all are to be considered, but in the long run, we can't just say we'll never touch those acres without the trust being compensated for the value of that land," Gaebe said. "Conservation doesn't support education for my kids and my grandkids."

The trust, not the public, owns state land and minerals, he said.

BismarckTribune.com (emphasis added)

I read that bolded sentence and it hit me: This is exactly how Jack Dalrymple and all of North Dakota's Republicans think.  

Let's translate Dalrymple's top land man's statement.  Here's what he's really saying:  

"We need to exploit all of our natural resources today so our grandchildren have no natural resources to use or exploit."

Think about what Dalrymple and Company are doing to North Dakota.  

Their vision for North Dakota 2020 and Beyond is to make this place a vast, unuseable wasteland. 

To infinity, indeed.

(The State Land Board met this morning at 9:00 a.m.  I believe Jim Fuglie attended. I'm hoping he's able to provide a report on how the meeting went either later today or this weekend. Stay tuned.)

Comments (4)add comment

nimrod said:

Doesn't the State Land Board also have to consider its duties under the public trust doctrine?
February 03, 2012
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Marty said:

Another thing that doesn't support Gaebe's kids and grandkids: genetics.
February 03, 2012
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big jake said:

I think that this is instructive as to just how these guys think.

The trust is not our, it is theirs and they know what is best--for them. Them is not us. It is more than merely an attitude. It is part of their core values or whatever you might call it.

It is beyond arrogant. The land is just something for them to exploit. It smacks of Red River Valley elitism. Anything west of West Fargo is inhabited by "wheat savages". The land that is all that can sustain any of us anywhere, is a toy for them---and the oil under it is theirs to exploit. On the surface, the land is a fixture and the fact that what grows on it or that the top 6 inches of soil is what sustains the world is just not part of their world.

An exaggeration? Maybe. Not reflective of the whole crowd? So what? If it reflects the belief of those on top, the rest just does not matter.

It is time that we figure out how to take our country back and that surely includes home--North Dakota.
February 03, 2012
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complainer said:

Saving land in 100 acre plots is pointless and deceptive. 100 acres of "wildland" surrounded by ten thousand acres of land that is fenced, roaded, drilled and pipelined is useless for both humans and wildlife. This is just a smokescreen to justify giving all state land to the oil companies.
February 04, 2012
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